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Nina Trivedi

PhD Work

The Externalisation of the Object

This research project analyses the artwork of a group of artists that shared a certain historical and geographical lineage. The artists include Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhoades and Tony Oursler. Using David Cronenberg’s film, Videodrome, as a starting point for the idea of externalised objects, I will look at certain types of objects that the artists use in their work. This research project considers the relationship between the objects in specific video works to the objects in the installations created by the artists. I will begin by looking at the craft object and the techno animated object. The timeframe of the research project begins in the late 1970s, with research into the use of objects during the period of the CalArts feminists, and the timeframe will continue into 2010 with a series of exhibitions in Los Angeles. I will look at critical race theory and whiteness to work with a new definition of object-oriented politics and the gendering of the craft object to add to the definition of object-oriented feminism. 


  • Nina Trivedi
  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Curating Contemporary Art, 2013–

  • She has a BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design in New York and a MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is an independent curator and her writing has appeared in various journals and catalogues. She runs a science fiction reading/discussion group and lectures on object oriented ontology and actor network theory.