Monica Biagioli is a researcher at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has interlinked practice and theory throughout her career with an emphasis on cultural heritage and social value, developing projects on London 2012 (Sound Proof 2008-2012), and for Radar Project (Venice and Weimar 2003), Cybersalon (Dana Centre, Science Museum 2005), and Anti Design Festival (London Design Festival 2010).
She is currently collaborating on research to applied arts and design approaches within the organisational context. Her chapter addressing that work is published in the book Integrating Art and Creativity into Business Practice (2017).
She has exhibited internationally and has curated projects and exhibitions. She received the Gildea Award from Royal Geographical Society for curation of Sound Proof 1. A chapter accounting for the social value of the independent artistic work produced for that exhibition will be published by Routledge in the book Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping (in press).
Fine art, graphic design, cultural heritage, social value.
Monica's research has heritage concerns at its core, both the tangible cultural landscape and the intangible dimension of memory.
Through a funnel of activities involving projects, exhibitions and writing, she explores the links between cultural artefacts and the value attached to them. Embedded in that is an understanding that context plays a fundamental role in assigning cultural value.
The approach is guided by a belief that design and the arts matter beyond their economic worth to play a role that is critical for societal wellbeing.