Irit Rogoff is a writer, teacher, curator and organiser. She is Professor of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths London University, a department she founded in This text is the first section of “What is a Theorist?”, see You can find Irit Rogoff’s extended deliberations on criticality in her recent text. Goldsmiths, University of London has launched a series of publications considering the discipline of visual cultures – one of those ushered in by Hall and .

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BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. The old boundaries between making and theorising, historicizing and displaying, criticising and affirming have long been eroded. TransGlobe publishing and Thames and Hudson, pp.

Visual Cultures as Seriousness, by Gavin Butt and Irit Rogoff / ArtReview

Her current work focuses on new practices of knowledge production and their impact on modes of research, under the title The Way We Work Now. Time Zones—Recent Film and Video. Angelika Nollert and Irit Rogoff, Rogoft Her initiatives to establish this new field are led by a belief that we must work beyond bodies of inherited disciplinary knowledge and find motivation for knowledge production in the current conditions we are living out.

Mirzoeff,2nd ed. Contemporary Art from Turkey. And the recent appearance of a website called sellyoulater. Geography’s Visual Culture Rogoff, Irit. It is instead the very idea of being in the command of time, the idea of progress that …. Comtemporary views on art and exhibitions. Neither police, nor pirates Rogoff, Irit.

Critique, in all of its myriad complexities has allowed us to unveil, uncover and critically re-examine the convincing logics and operations of such truth claims. Regional Imaginaries Rogoff, Irit.

In my own particular case this was a journey from a discipline called art history, via great roads of critical, theoretical study to some other and less disciplined place which for the moment and very provisionally we might call Visual Culture. Oblique Points of Entry Rogoff, Irit. YHamburg Kunstverein, MuHka Antwerp VanAbbe, Eindhoven brought together large groups of intellectuals, curators, architects and artists to pose questions about the forms that learning might take within public institutional culture.


Kutlug Ataman and Irit Rogoff in conversation. Art explored how the work of a contemporary artist might provide pathways into a broader understanding of a culture by wrapping the art work in several rogofff of archives and performative reflection. Together with colleagues she formed the freethought collective in and they are co-curating The Bergen Assembly in Her teaching has consistently brought together theoretical analysis and collective independent research projects and explored emergent new possibilities of practice based research as orgoff intellectual project.

In my own thinking it is not possible to divorce the notion of ‘criticality’ which I see as foundational for Visual Culture from rooff processes of exiting bodies of knowledge and leaving behind theoretical models of analysis and doing without certain allegiances. Artistic practice is being acknowledged as the production of knowledge and theoretical and curatorial endeavours have taken on a far more experimental and inventive dimension, both existing in the realm of potentiality and possibility rather than that of exclusively material production.

Irit Rogoff

Irit Rogoff is one of the initiators of the transdisciplinary field of Visual Culture and founder of the department at Goldsmiths. David Held and Rgooff Moore, eds.

Neither police, nor pirates. One is after all always at fault, this is a permanent and ongoing condition, since every year we become aware of a new and hitherto unrealised perspective which illuminates further internal cultural injustices. Unfolding the critical Rogoff, Irit and Stahre, Ulrike.

Mika Rottenberg at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London

D program in theorizing the curatorial. This is surely a tricky balance, however, as we must accept that some art is complicated, and demands time and attention to understand.


Seoul, Republic of Korea: Generali Foundation and Walter Koenig, pp. Vancouver Art Gallery and Aargauer Kunsthaus, pp. Starting in the Middle: Practice driven research has become a paradigm shift in contemporary knowledge production as well as an opportunity to repoliticise work through how it is done rather than what its subject matter is.

Initially I came from a long, conventional and very anti intellectual training in art history which left me at its end at a complete loss on how to navigate the interstices between who I was, what I did and the world that I inhabited.

Maria Hlavajova and Simon Sheikh, eds. To introduce questions and uncertainties in those places where formerly there was some seeming consensus about what one did and how one went about it. A philosophy of curating. As part of the freethought collective — continuing from several initial projects at the Steirerischer Herbst Festival and at Former West — a project investigating Infrastructure as affective economies and subjective membranes within world structures, will be one strand of the Bergen Assembly However, given that Rogoff ends with a call for a recalibrated, focused intellectual intensity or passion as a form of seriousness, one can only suggest that in an expanded world of art that has invited different forms of masses to take part, from fun-seeking daytrippers to hedge funders, there are now many interlinked artworlds.

Becoming Research Rogoff, Irit. You can find Irit Rogoff’s extended deliberations on criticality in her recent text: Looking Away—Participations in Visual Culture. Third Text, 23 2pp.