Dr Gareth Polmeer

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  • Dr Gareth Polmeer
  • Area

    Research, Knowledge Exchange & Innovation

    Role

    Senior Tutor

    • Critical & Historical Studies
  • Senior Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies, coordinating lectures, seminars, workshops and research for the MA dissertation in the School of Communication.  

  • Biography

  • Dr Gareth Polmeer is a writer, artist and lecturer. He specialises in philosophy in the areas of aesthetics and metaphysics, particularly on the relation of nineteenth century thought to the digital age. These interests include questions around technology, communication, medium and the meaning and ends of art. He studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art, has published numerous articles, essays and chapters, lectured and spoken widely at conferences and symposia, and has exhibited artworks internationally.

  • Practice

  • Dr Polmeer is a member of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, and in 2017 co-organised and read a paper at the workshop ‘Hegel’s Logic and His System’ at St. John’s College, University of Oxford. He has co-organised and will be giving a paper at the 2018 workshop ‘Absolute Knowing and Presuppositionless Science: Hegel’s Phenomenology and Logic’ at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. Papers on Hegel and German philosophy relating to digital aesthetics and contemporary art and design have been read at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference at the British Computer Society, the German Research Seminar at King’s College London, University College London, and the Association of Art Historians Conference.

    Dr Polmeer is currently writing a chapter on Marshall McLuhan and Owen Barfield for a new book on Museums and Digital Culture. He has co-organised and co-chaired symposia at the British Computer Society on digital aesthetics, ‘Coded Communication: Digital Senses and Aesthetics, Merging Art and Life’ in 2017 and ‘States of Being: Art and Identity in Digital Space and Time’ in 2018. He is currently preparing a series of essays exploring aesthetics, essence and appearance. These are developed around a number of key figures and ideas. This includes focuses on Owen Barfield and Marshall McLuhan, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Stanley Rosen, as well as the broader evaluation of nineteenth century thought to twenty-first century aesthetics. He is developing a series of essays on Hegel and ontology, examining the relation between time and eternity, Hegel’s philosophy of art, and how these themes connect to the digital age.

    Dr Polmeer’s broader research interests include landscape and the philosophy of nature, urbanism and theories of space and place, digital art, experimental film and video, animation, and illustration and graphic design. He has worked as a lecturer in the studio and theoretical/contextual studies across a number of universities for many years in the fields of Visual Communication (Illustration, Graphic Design and Video), Digital Media and Fine Art. 

    As an artist, he has exhibited works widely, both nationally and internationally, working with digital media, abstraction, colour and light projection. Works have been exhibited in galleries, cinemas and festivals. Exhibitions in recent years include ‘Contact: A Festival of New Experimental Film and Video’ at Apiary Studios (UK), ‘Four Modes of Anti-Image: Recent Film and Video from the UK’ at the State Hermitage Museum (Russia) and ‘Durational Video’ at Northwest Film Forum (USA). He has written essays and reviews on his own work and others’ works in books, journals and catalogues.

    Recent works include the video/light projections Triple/Double/Distance (2017), Double/Distance (2016), and Field/Variation (2014). These works explore various processes of composition and layering, extending transient phenomena into detailed forms of light and movement. The landscape work Sea (2011) has been widely exhibited, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Northwest Film Forum (USA), Royal Geographical Society Conference (UK), and the State Hermitage Museum (Russia). His video work has featured in reviews of contemporary artists’ film and video, including the Senses of Cinema journal article ‘Negative Light: Contemporary British Experimental Film and Video’, and the artists’ film and video journal Sequence article surveying contemporary practice, ‘Routes to Physical Optics’. He has written on artists’ film and video in publications such as Millennium Film Journal, and on his own work in Leonardo Journal

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  • External collaborations

  • Dr Polmeer is a member of the organising committee and a submissions reviewer for the annual Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference (EVA). He has twice co-organised and co-chaired the EVA pre-conference symposium. He is a manuscript reviewer for the Leonardo Journal peer reviews panel, an Associate Member of The International Society for Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST), a member of the Computer Arts Society (CAS), and a member of the Hegel Society of Great Britain (HSGB). He is affiliated with the London and Oxford Hegel Reading Groups.

    He is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts working in undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Illustration and postgraduate studies in Fine Art Digital. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Recent Papers

    Polmeer, G. (2018) Spirit and Eternal Essence: Absolute Knowing and the Beginning of Hegel's Logic. Absolute Knowing and Presuppositionless Science. Fourth Oxford Hegel Reading Group Workshop. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.

    Polmeer, G. (2018) Spirit and Experience: Hegelian Perspectives on Intuition, Concepts and Non-Identity. London Hegel Reading Group. SOAS, University of London.

    Polmeer, G. (2017) Digital Senses and the Autonomy of Art: Histories, Contexts and Possibilities. 'Coded Communication: Digital Senses and Aesthetics, Merging Art and Life'. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) Pre-Conference Symposium, British Computer Society, London.

    Polmeer, G. (2017) Intuition, Images and Appearance in the Logic. 'Hegel's Science of Logic and the Logic of his Philosophy'. Third Oxford Hegel Reading Group Workshop. St. John's College, University of Oxford.

    Polmeer, G. (2017) Appearance of the Lasting: Art, Spirit and the Digital Age. University Church, University of Oxford.

    Polmeer, G. (2016) The Movement of Appearance: Digital Aesthetics and the Essence of the Image. Royal College of Art, London.

    Polmeer, G. (2016) Knowledge and Relativism: A Critique of Postmodernism and an Argument for Systematic Philosophy. Humanities Research Forum, Royal College of Art, London.

    Polmeer, G. (2016) Appearance, Illusion and Time. Part of the panel 'Modern Time'. ‘Living Pasts, Moving Present', German Screen Studies Network Symposium. King's College London.

    Polmeer, G. (2016) Sublating Time: Hegel’s Speculative Philosophy and Digital Aesthetics. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference (EVA), British Computer Society, London.

    Polmeer, G. (2016) Duration and Timelessness: Hegel, Aesthetics and the (Slow) Image in Time. Slow Cinema Symposium. University College London.

    Polmeer, G. (2016) Impermanence and the Image of Trees: Hegel’s Dialectic and the Experience of Nature. German Research Seminar, King’s College London.


    Book Chapters

    Polmeer, G. (2019) ‘Presence and Participation: Art, Technology and Experience’ in Giannini, T. and Bowen, J. (eds.) Museums and Digital Culture: New Perspectives and Research. Springer Series in Cultural Computing. London:Springer (forthcoming)

    Polmeer, G. (2016) 'Trees in Autumn' in Hamlyn, N., Payne, S. and Rees, A.L. (eds.) Kurt Kren: Structural Films. Bristol: Intellect

    Polmeer, G. (2016) 'Tree Again' in Hamlyn, N., Payne, S. and Rees, A.L. (eds.) Kurt Kren: Structural Films. Bristol: Intellect

    Polmeer, G. (2016) 'Asylum' in Hamlyn, N., Payne, S. and Rees, A.L. (eds.) Kurt Kren: Structural Films. Bristol: Intellect


    Conference Proceedings

    Polmeer, G. (2018) States of Being: Art and Identity in Digital Space and Time. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA), Conference Proceedings, BCS, London.


    Polmeer, G. (2017) Coded Communication: Digital Senses and Aesthetics, Merging Art and Life. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) Conference Proceedings, BCS, London. 

    Polmeer, G. (2016) Sublating Time: Hegel’s Speculative Philosophy and Digital Aesthetics. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) Conference Proceedings, BCS, London. 2016.

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