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Dr Duncan

Job title
Research Fellow
College name
Central Saint Martins
Email address
Dr Duncan White



Duncan White is a Research Fellow and Pathway Leader MRes Art: Moving Image at CSM. He received his PhD from Kingston University in 2007 for his thesis entitled ‘In the Territory: Concepts of Place in American Art, Film and Literature Since 1960’. White was awarded an MA with distinction from the University of London in 2002, where he received the Howell Daniels Dissertation Prize. Before receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Politics and American Studies at Sussex University, White went to school in Hackney, East London.

White is the co-author of Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance, Film (Tate Publishing), with A.L. Rees, David Curtis and Steven Ball. The book was commended in the 2012 Krasna-Krausz annual awards for new publications on film.


Research Interests

Fine Art; Film; Video; Performance; Poetry; Literature 

Research Statement

My research interests have developed broadly around film and performance practices in art. These include issues of representation, identity, trauma and loss as they have been interrogated since the middle of the Twentieth Century through to the present time.

I am currently finishing a book, entitled Never Connect, which considers the problems of researching periods in art history when art attempted, in various ways, to destroy itself leaving little in the way of what is traditionally thought of as ‘historical evidence’.

I have most recently published work on Expanded Cinema, Minimalism, Performance Art, and video installation. My poetry and fiction has been published in magazines and journals such as Hotel, Jacket, Blackbox Manifold and ETZ.

Research Outputs

  • An 'Automatic Escape' or A Beautiful Question'? Cinema and Experimental Film after Michael Fried's 'Art and Objecthood' - White, Duncan (2017) An 'Automatic Escape' or A Beautiful Question'? Cinema and Experimental Film after Michael Fried's 'Art and Objecthood'. Journal of Visual Culture, 16 (1). pp. 103-117. ISSN 1470-4129 (
  • Film After the Destruction of Art - Moore, Emma and White, Duncan (2014) Film After the Destruction of Art. [Show/Exhibition] (
  • sensingsite 2 - Trangmar, Susan and White, Duncan and Ball, Steven (2013) sensingsite 2. In: sensingsite 2, 16-17 April 2013, Parasol unit, London. (
  • Media Prepositions for ‘Platon’s Mirror’: Echo/Shadow/Light - White, Duncan (2012) Media Prepositions for ‘Platon’s Mirror’: Echo/Shadow/Light. In: Platon's mirror and the actuality of the cave allegory: inspired by projections by Mischa Kuball. König, Köln, pp. 99-114. ISBN 9783863351083 (English edition); 9783863351045 (German edition) (
  • Expanded cinema: art, film, performance - White, Duncan (2011) Expanded cinema: art, film, performance. Tate Publishing, London. ISBN 9781854379740 (
  • British Expanded Cinema and the ‘Live Culture’ 1969–79 - White, Duncan (2010) British Expanded Cinema and the ‘Live Culture’ 1969–79. Visual Culture in Britain. pp. 93-108. (
  • Light writing - Ball, Steven and White, Duncan (2010) Light writing. [Show/Exhibition] (
  • Unnatural fact: the fictions of Robert Smithson - White, Duncan (2008) Unnatural fact: the fictions of Robert Smithson. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 1 (2). pp. 161-175. (


  • Aaron John Matthews - Derrida, and Writing the Events of 1968.
  • James Robertson - Dispersed Narrative; A Reading of Contemporary Film and Video in the Gallery Context, 2000-2012.
  • Gina Franca Tornatore - Appropriation, Gesture and Detournement: An Interpretative Schema of Art Film Process tracing the Significance of Scratch Video from the Perspective of Contemporary Artists' Film and Video Practice in a Gallery Context.