Dr Manuel Ángel Macía is a Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment, and a member of the Postcolonial Studies Centre. Manuel holds a PhD from the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research areas include the coloniality of sense, the politics and infrastructures of artistic research, and current debates on ontological designing. Manuel is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Artistic Research.
My research is international and operates within the field of contemporary art and its interdisciplinary engagements (theoretical and practice-based). It explores political aesthetics and neoliberal technologies of governance—articulating the Global South within broader infrastructures of knowledge and systems of power. I am currently working on two research projects that involve theoretical engagements and artistic practice and research. The first project, titled 'Pharmacoloniality', is an ongoing artistic research project on the colonial infrastructures of the contemporary War on Drugs, taking acoustemologist Julio Ramos' notion of a pharmacolonial condition of modernity as a point of departure. The project explores counter-histories of this global conflict through sonic methodologies, research-oriented artistic production, and European and Latin American critical theory. This project involves original archival research, collaborations with international partners and diverse output types, and has been shown across Europe and Latin America. The second project explores histories of computation beyond the Global North by looking at the history of Project Cybersyn—Chile’s attempt to create a socialist internet system based on cybernetic principles (1971-1973).