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2022 Portfolio - Mike Watson
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Portfolio - Mike Watson

Bio:

Mike Watson (PhD from Goldsmiths College) is a theorist, critic and curator who is principally focused on the relation between culture, new media and politics. He has written for Art Review, Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic and Radical Philosophy and has curated events at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale, and Manifesta 12, Palermo. In September 2021 he will publish his third book with ZerO Books, The Memeing of Mark Fisher: How the Frankfurt School Foresaw Capitalist Realism and What to Do About It.

2012-2023

Curator. Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education - Nomas Foundation, Rome

https://nomasfoundation.com/lab/joan-of-art-towards-a-free-education/

2013

Curator, Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education - Venice, the Maldives Pavilion (Biennale di Venezia).

https://vimeo.com/81326367 - SOS Sauna Boat, symposium and performance

2014

Curator, Subterfuge, group show at the Gallery Apart, Rome

http://www.thegalleryapart.it/insieme/Subterfuge/sub-eng.aspx

2015

Curator, Pohjavirta: Outdoor works across the region of Northern Ostrobothnia Finland with the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

http://pohjavirta.skr.fi/pohjavirta.skr.fi/en.html

Curator/Artist: Machines of Loving Grace, performance, The Venice Biennale, official collateral event.

https://artreview.com/opinion/opinion_machines_of_loving_grace_2015_venice_biennale/

2016

Publication of Book: Towards a Conceptual Militancy (Zero Books)

https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/towards-conceptual-militancy

Curator, Conference at Royal College of Art, London: ‘The Elephant in the Room’

https://artreview.com/video/video_jan_2016_the_elephant_in_the_room/

2017

Curator, Transnational Capitalism Examined: Oliver Ressler Double Solo Show, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere and Gallery Apart

http://www.pastificiocerere.it/mostre-attivita/transnational-capitalism-examined/

2018

Curator, Politics of Dissonance, 4 day performance symposium. Manifesta 12 Palermo

http://m12.manifesta.org/collateral-event/politics-of-dissonance/

https://vimeo.com/280089758

https://hyperallergic.com/459887/at-manifesta-artists-address-italys-migrant-crisis/

Giuseppe Lana, The Square, 4 Billboards around Palermo, for Politics of dissonance, Manifesta12, 2018

Curator/Artist: We have nearly lost control, evening performance program. Macro Museum, Rome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d39KGdA5oik

Simone Bertugno, Mike Watson, Live Electronica with VJ set for ‘We Have Nearly Lost Control’, 2018 Macro Museum, Rome

2019

Curator,  Marinella Senatore: The School of Narrative Dance, Oulu

https://marinella-senatore.com/project/the-school-of-narrative-dance-oulu/

Marinella Senatore, The School of Narrative Dance, Oulu, 2019

Publication of Book: Can the Left Learn to Meme: Adorno, Video Games and Stranger Things (Zero Books)

https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/can-left-learn-meme

Co-founder and producer of Acid Left YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbLjoC_tct5byCV6JBoQPtA?view_as=subscriber

2021

Writer, Publication of Book: The Memeing of Mark Fisher (Zero Books)

https://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/book/19724_the-memeing-of-mark-fisher-how-the-frankfurt-school-foresaw-capitalist-realism-and-what-to-do-about-it/

2022

Teaching intensive course at the New Centre:

https://thenewcentre.org/archive/memeing-mark-fisher-art-production-acid-communist-strategy-2/

Curator, Hérna exhibition at the Icelandic Photography Festival

https://icelandicartcenter.is/exhibition/herna-2022-01-29/

Anni Kinnunen, Vanity , 2019, displayed at Hérna, the Icelandic Photography Festival