Josephine Berry

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Josephine Berry is an art theorist, writer and editor. She supervises thesis only and practice based PhDs in the School of Arts and Humanities, Royal College of Art, London, and teaches in Media Communication and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is a member of Mute magazine’s editorial collective Mute and is a peer reviewer for the journal Theory, Culture & Society.

Josephine Berry has a background in aesthetic politics with a particular focus on the intersections between art and biopolitics, neoliberal urban development and digital capitalism. She was Editor of Mute magazine, a print and online forum for ‘cultural politics after the net’, from 2004-2014 and co-director of the Post-Media Lab, Centre for Digital Culture, Leuphana University, Germany (2012-2014). She teaches on the Culture Industry MA at Goldsmiths, University of London and has taught courses in Visual Culture at Imperial College. Her educational background includes an MA in German Expressionism at The Courtauld Institute, and a PhD thesis on Site Specific Art on the Net at Manchester University. Publication venues include Afterall, Inventory, Mute, New Formations, Kunstlicht, The Large Glass and 21: Inquiries into Art, History and the Visual.

She published her monograph Art and (Bare) Life: A Biopolitical Inquiry with Sternberg in 2019, a book which asks why art has become such a useful and pliant tool for late capitalist forms of power and governance. This question developed out of an earlier enquiry into art’s capacity for negativity and critique within the neoliberal city and culture led regeneration strategies, published as the book No Room to Move: Radical Art in the Regenerate City which she co-authored with Anthony Iles (Mute, 2010). (2023)