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Kelly Spanou

PhD Work

This practice-led PhD draws upon the object, the body and the archive through the notion of repair, to propose a postabyssal curatorial approach. I specifically investigate how the western museum archive as established through practices of collecting, preserving and displaying objects is intertwined with violent acts against communities and bodies to which these objects belong, hence naturalise a division of rights. The British Museum is the case study of this research, wherein I specifically examine how a particular range of subject positions and technoscientific infrastructures have been accounted for the emergence of curatorial practices within a specific geo-historical site.

MA work

A perpetual landscape

This project was inspired by the combination of narrative, motion through colour, composition and brush strokes in J. M. W. Turner ’s painting Snow Storm—Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth making Signals in Shallow Water, and going by the Lead. The Author was in this Storm on the Night the Ariel left Harwich. It recognises landscape as a human construct, whilst aiming to give tangibility to the material appearance of things, in relation with our experience. Extracting components of the landscape in the English seaside town of Margate, and reproducing them with digital and physical fabrication techniques, I question the relationship of physical and virtual in our understanding of our surroundings. 


  • PhD


    School of Communication


    Communication Research, 2017–2021

  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2016

  • Kelly’s research interests in architecture and curation explore the politics of representation in relation to epistemological questions around anthropocentrism and the body. Her practical work involves archival research, reconstruction and drawing.

  • Degrees

  • Diploma in Architecture, NTUA: National Technical University of Athens, 2011; MA in Information Experience Design, School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London, 2016
  • Experience

  • Visiting Lecturer in Media Studies, RCA School of Architecture, since 2017.
  • Exhibitions

  • Apeiro, 9th Jena FullDome International Festival, Jena, Germany, 2015; Sonar, 10th Jena FullDome International Festival, Jena, Germany, 2016; Apeiro, Latino Dome Festival, CAP, Medellin, Colombia, 2016; Sonar, RCA Full Dome Research Group, Call & Response Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; Melusine (Tabeling,Grogan, Spanou), Ponyland Exhibition, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; Myopia, Exhibition for Le Corbusier’s 50th death anniversary, N.T.U.A, Institution Le Corbusier, Swiss Embassy,French Institute, Int. Foundation Le Corbusier, Greek Institute of Architecture,at Romantzo, Athens, Greece, 2016
  • Awards

  • AHRC, LDoc, MPhil/PhD Scholarship 2017-2019; First Year Students’ Award Prize sponsored by California Academy of Sciences 9th Jena FullDome International Festival, Germany, 2015; First Year Students’ Award Prize, in Latino Dome Festival, Medellin Planetarium, Medellin, Colombia, CAP, 2016
  • Conferences

  • 'An Object Oriented Exhibition Design Language', Conference presentation. The Museum Innovation Forum, New Orleans Jazz Museum, May 2019; 'Extending the Language of Fulldome Space' (French, Howey and Spanou), International Planetarium Society Conference (IPS) Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland, 2016; 'Digital Impressionism' (Ferrarello, Pecirno and Spanou), International Conference and Exhibition on Digital Architecture (DADA), Tongii University in Shanghai, China, 2015; 'Apeiro', Screening at the British Association of Planetaria Conference (BAP), Winchester Science Centre, Winchester, UK, 2015
  • Publications

  • [I; DSW; This is My Space], in Interior Futures edited by Dr. Harriet Harris, Prof. Graeme Brooker and Dr. Kevin Walker, Crucible Press LLC, California, 2019