Dr Chantal Faust


  • Dr Chantal Faust
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities



  • Dr Chantal Faust is an artist, writer and academic. Since joining the Royal College of Art in 2010 she has taken up multiple roles: alongside her position as Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies, she is journal editor of Prova and heads the Humanities Research Forum as its convenor. Faust will also be developing and coordinating the Research Methods Course across the College for the 2015/16 academic year.    

  • Biography

  • Dr Faust’s photographic, painting, video and installation works have been exhibited in the UK, Australia and North America. She writes for academic journals, magazines, exhibition guides and catalogues. She relocated to London from Melbourne in 2010 with a broad exhibiting portfolio and seven years experience as a lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies at the VCA, University of Melbourne, where she completed her PhD in Fine Art.

  • External collaborations

  • Editorial board: Ctrl-Z New Media Philosophy (online peer-reviewed journal)

    Visiting Lecturer: Royal Academy Schools and London College of Communication 

    Invited Foreign Professor: Department of Art Theory, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul (Autumn term 2012) 

    Artist representation: Lychee One, London 

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected solo exhibitions

    The Secretum, Balfron Tower, London (2014); Love thy neighbour, BUS Projects, Melbourne (2011); Head Land, Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne (2009); Pleasure Machines, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2008).

    Selected group shows

    We Come From The Water (with Esther Teichmann and Carol Mavor), Lychee One Gallery, London (2015); Gifted Artists, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2014-15); Photography and Abstraction, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2012); I’ll Sit Slightly Behind You (with Paul Knight), ACME Project Space, London (2011); Autumn Masterpieces: Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2010); Hypnopopia, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne (2010); Scanned and Drawn, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne (2009).

    Selected Publications

    Faust, C. (2015) Picture essay in J. Graham (ed.), Anchor, Marmalade Publishers of Visual Theory, London

    Faust, C. (2014) ‘Colouring in the Void’, catalogue essay for Random International: Studies in Motion, Lunds Konsthall, Sweden

    Faust, C. (2014) ‘Here’s Jonny’ catalogue essay for Jonny Briggs: Monstrares, Julie Meneret Contemporary Art, New York

    Faust, C. (2014) ‘The Eye of the Scanner’ catalogue essay for The Negligent Eye, curated by Jo Stockham, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

    Faust, C. (2014) ‘When you’re smiling’ essay on the work of Rob Crosse, commissioned for Photoworks Projects, London

    Faust, C. (2012) ‘Looking Out of Place’ catalogue essay for Cate Consandine: Cut Colony, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

    Faust, C. (2012) ‘Becoming Undone’ in Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy 1

    Faust, C. (2012) ‘Shadow Play’ catalogue essay for Catherine Anyango and Julie Hill: Crying Out Loud, Guest Projects, London

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Selected work


Current and recent research

Dr Faust’s research activities centre on the apparatus of the scanner as surrogate camera, offering a meditation on the mechanical apparatus and what it gives forth, both practically and metaphorically. The mechanism is considered as a mirror, a glass, a void and a machine where touch is the operative at play. These avenues of analysis allow for a consideration on pleasure and the meaning of loss, love and perfection, death, memory and mourning. Probing the insides of the making process itself, a correlation is made between the act of scanning and the operations of the conscious and unconscious mind.

Research interests include developments of the PhD in Fine Art and Humanities. This includes the application of existing models in the field, to playful adaptations and extensions of the understandings of what constitutes a research degree. She is committed to how an institution might support research students who are working at the cutting edge of their field.  

Research students