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Dr Josephine Berry


  • Josephine Berry
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities


    Tutor (Research) PGR

    • Arts & Humanities Research
  • Dr. Josephine Berry is an art theorist, writer and editor. She supervises thesis only and practice based PhDs in the School of Arts and Humanities.

  • Biography

  • Josephine Berry has a background in aesthetic politics with a particular focus on the intersections between art and biopolitics, neoliberal urban development and digital capitalism. She was Editor of Mute magazine, a print and online forum for ‘cultural politics after the net’, from 2004-2014 and co-director of the Post-Media Lab, Centre for Digital Culture, Leuphana University, Germany (2012-14). She teaches on the Culture Industry MA at Goldsmiths, University of London and has taught courses in Visual Culture at Imperial College. Her educational background includes an MA in German Expressionism at The Courtauld Institute, and a PhD thesis on Site Specific Art on the Net at Manchester University. Publication venues include Afterall, Inventory, Mute, New Formations, Kunstlicht, The Large Glass and 21: Inquiries into Art, History and the Visual.

  • External collaborations

  • Josephine Berry also teaches in the Media Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a member of Mute magazine’s editorial collective Mute and is a peer reviewer for the journal Theory, Culture & Society.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Book

    Berry, Josephine. 2018. Art and (Bare) Life: A Biopolitical Inquiry. Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press

    Berry, Josephine and Iles, Anthony. 2010. No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City. Mute Publishing Ltd.

    Edited Book

    Berry, Josephine and van Mourik Broekman, Pauline, eds. 2009. Proud to Be Flesh: A Mute Anthology. Mute

    Co-edited with Clemens Apprich, Anthony Iles & Oliver Lerone Schultz for Post-Media Lab 2014. Plants, Androids and Operators: A Post-Media Handbook, Mute Books & PML

    2014, Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks, Rodrigo Nunes, Mute Books & PML

    2014,’s Traum,, Mute Books & PML 

    2013, Digital Solidarity, Felix Stalder, Mute Books & PML

    2013, Provocative Alloys: A Post-Media Anthology, Mute Books & PML

    2013, Human Strike Has Already Begun & Other Writings, Claire Fontaine, Mute Books & PML

    Book Section

    Berry, Josephine and Iles, Anthony. Forthcoming 2020. 'From Isolation to Exultation: the Spatial Situation of the Artist’s Studio from Industrial Modernity to Financialisation.' In: Ana Vilenica and Elena Marchevska, eds. Art and Housing Struggles: Between Art and Political Organizing. Bristol/London: Intellect Books/LADA.

    Berry Slater, Josephine. 2015. 'Dis-Embodying Regeneration.' In: ed. Alex Frost: Property Guardian. London: Flat Time House, pp. 45-50.


    Berry, Josephine. 2020. 'How to Explain Pictures to a Dying Human: On Art in Expanded Ontologies.' The Large Glass Magazine(27/28), pp. 7-18.

    Berry, Josephine. 2016. 'Agents or Objects of Discontinuous Change? Blairite Britain and the Role of the Culturepreneur. Kunstlicht;, 36(1), pp. 25-33. ISSN 0921-5026

    Berry, Josephine. 2015. 'Everyone is Not an Artist: Autonomous Art Meets the Neoliberal City.' New Formations, 84/85, pp. 20-40. ISSN 0950-2378

    Berry, Josephine. 2012. 'The Ghosts of Participation Past', a review of Claire Bishop's Artificial Hells. Mute,

    Berry, Josephine. 2012. 'Orgy of the Non-Self', a review of Yayoi Kusama. Mute, 3(3).

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Research interests

She published her monograph Art and (Bare) Life: A Biopolitical Inquiry with Sternberg in 2019, a book which asks why art has become such a useful and pliant tool for late capitalist forms of power and governance. This question developed out of an earlier enquiry into art’s capacity for negativity and critique within the neoliberal city and culture led regeneration strategies, published as the book No Room to Move: Radical Art in the Regenerate City which she co-authored with Anthony Iles (Mute, 2010). 

Current and recent research

Josephine is currently researching and writing on the response of art to urban spatial crises and the resulting precarity, displacement and dislocation of communities, under the research title Housing Art.

Research students