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Professor Johnny Golding


  • Johnny Golding
  • Area

    School of Arts & Humanities


    Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art

  • Research Group Lead: Entanglement

    • Arts & Humanities Research
  • MA School Group Lead: Radical Matter

    • Arts & Humanities Research
  • Johnny Golding is Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art, and Senior Tutor: Research in the School of Arts & Humanities. Golding’s work situates post-Newtonian analytics, new materialisms and the erotics of sense as ‘radical matter’, a practice-led encounter with contemporary philosophy, art and the wild sciences. 

    Johnny leads the postgraduate research group Entanglement (with artist Emma Talbot) and the MA School group Radical Matter (with artist-curator Anne Duffau and PhD researchers Anja Kirschner and Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba). 

    Resituating the multiversal as a particular form of dimensional and superpositional encounter, Golding’s epistemological moves foreground artificial intelligences, meta-mathematics, modern physics and the logics of sense. 

  • Biography

  • Golding was born in New York City, lived in Toronto, and carried out postgraduate studies (PHD) at the Universities of Toronto and Cambridge. 

    Previous roles include Director of the Centre for Fine Art Research, Birmingham City University; Director, Institute for the Converging Arts & Sciences (2009–2012), Professor of Philosophy in the Visual Arts & Communication Technologies (2000–2012); Teaching Fellow at The Slade School of Fine Art (Jan–June 2011 UCL) and Head of the Theory Department / Lead Researcher, The Jan Van Eyck Academie, Experimental Research in Fine Art, Design & Theory (Maastricht) 1998–2003. Golding was awarded an honorary Professorship in Philosophy and Imaging, Dundee School of Art (2009). 

    Golding’s latest works include: Entanglement: The Opera [in homage to Kurt Weill’s anti-fascist ‘White Cheese’], RCA, January 2019 and Of The Thick and the Raw: Cannibalising the 21st Century, OAR, Oxford, 2018. Her recent texts and poetic-philosophic installations have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Vienna, Bogotá and Berlin. 

    Her most recent publications include: The 9th Technology of Otherness (2016); In the Shadow of Akimbo Corporatism: The becoming-human of a people (2016); Ecce Homo Sexual: Eros & Ontology in the Age of Undecidability and Incompleteness (2014), On the Verge of Photography (2014); Ana-Materialism and the Pineal Eye (2012); Fractal Philosophy: Attunement as the Task of Art (2010); Conversion on the Road to Damascus: Minority Report on Art (2010) and The University Must be Defended (2012).  She is also Executive Editor of Zetesis, an independent, internationally peer-reviewed journal for contemporary art, philosophy and the cultural condition (London/Glasgow).

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  • External collaborations

  • Philosopher-in-Residence at the Royal Academy (January to February 2019)

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Journal Articles

    Golding, J. (2018)  'Of the Thick and the Raw: cannibalizing the 21st century [Radical Matter: Art, Philosophy and the Wild Sciences (Untimely Meditation no. 3)]' Oxford Artistic & Practice Based Research Platform (3) online (in press)

    Golding, J. (2016) 'In the Shadow of Akimbo Corporatism: Arched Athleticism and the "Becoming-Human" of a People' in The Journal of Deleuze Studies, 10 (2). pp. 263–279

    Golding, J. (2014) 'Ecce Homo Sexual: Ontology and Eros in the Age of Incompleteness and Entanglement' in Parallax, 20 (3). pp. 217–230

    Golding, J. (2013) 'Ana-Materialism & the Pineal Eye: Becoming Mouth-Breast Visual Arts in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction' in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, 19 (4). pp. 66–83

    Golding, J. (2010) 'Fractal Philosophy: Attunement as the Task of Art C' in Theory, (cds). pp. 1–19

    Book Chapters

    Golding, J. (2019) 'The Photography of Thought: strategic imaginaries, corporeal hungers, and the jealous ‘hive-mind’ in D. Rubinstein’s, Fragmentation of the Photographic Image in the Digital Age, Routledge, London, 2019

    Golding, J. (2019) 'From Drone-Truth to Radical Empathy: Consciousness in the Zero Zones of Time' in Daniel Rubinstein (ed). Fragmentation of the Image, Routledge (Forthcoming)

    Golding, J. (2018) 'Friendship' in The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 262–276

    Golding, J. (2016) 'Michel Foucault: Der Mut zur Wahrheit (1984): The 9th Technology of Otherness (a certain kind of debt)' in race & sex: Eine Geschichte der Neuzeit. Neofelis Berlin, Berlin, pp. 94–103

    Golding, J. (2013) 'The 9th Technology of Otherness: a certain kind of debt' in The Cruelty of the Classical Canon. ARTicle Press, pp. 1–10

    Golding, J. (2010) 'Fractal Philosophy: Attunement as the Task of Art'  in Deleuze and Contemporary Art. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 133–154

    Golding, J. (2009) 'The Assassination of Time (or the birth of zeta-physics)' in Deleuzian Events: writing | history. Lit Verlag, Berlin, pp. 132–145

    Golding, J. (2008) 'Conversion on the road to Damascus: minority report (1)' in GEST: LABORATORY OF SYNTHESIS #1. BookWorks, London, UK. 


    Forthcoming: Golding, J. Reinhart, Paganellli and Coster (2019) Data Loam-Sometimes Hard, Usually Soft [on the future of knowledge Systems], De Gruyter, Berlin.

    Golding, J. (2015) Zētēsis, Vol 2, no. 1: Twice Upon a Time: Magic, Alchemy and the Transubstantiation of the Senses ARTicle Press, Birmingham, UK. 

    Golding, J. (2013) On the Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation ARTicle Press, Birmingham, UK. 

    Golding, J. (2013) Zētēsis, Vol 1, No. 1: The Cruelty of the Classical Canon ARTicle Press, Birmingham, UK. 

    Conferences and Workshops

    Golding, J. (2018) 'Anatomy Lesson (an open letter, in friendship, to Sigmund Freud)', Solitary Pleasures conference, The Freud Museum, London, 28 April 2018.

    Golding, J. (2018) 'From Drone-Truth to Radical Empathy: Consciousness in the Zero Zones of Time' at "Sliced-up ghettos of thought?" Science, art and society - 20 years from now, London, 31 January 2018.

    Golding, J. (2017) 'Diffraction, Entanglement and the Sensuous Unnatural Act called Art' at Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 20 Nov 2017.

    Golding, J. (2016) 'Human Remains/Remaining Human: the exquisite problem of becoming-corpse' at The Post-Human and the Future of Humanity Visual Cultures Lectures Series, London, 1 Nov 2016.

    Golding, J. (2014) 'Ecce Homo Sexual: Eros and Ontology in the Age of incompleteness and entanglement' at Inaugural Professorial Address, Birmingham, UK, 19 Feb 2014.

    Golding, J. (2011) 'Synthetic Life: The Thinking Bot's Guide to the Universe' at Invited Lecture, Philosophy Dept, Northwestern University, USA, May 27 2011.

    Golding, J. (2006) 'The Assassination of Time (or the Birth of zeta physics)' at The Digital Arts Week, Zurich, Switzerland, 12–16 Jul 2006.

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