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Bill Balaskas

Associate Professor

School of Art & Design

Role

Dr Bill Balaskas is Reader in Visual Communication. He is the Research Co-ordinator for the Visual Communication subject area (Animation, Graphic Design, Filmmaking, Media Practice and Photography), and his teaching covers all related undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses.

Career overview

Bill Balaskas is an artist, cultural theorist and academic. His work spans various media, practices and dissemination platforms. Bill studied economics in his home country, Greece, before studying artists’ film & video in the UK. He holds an MA (RCA) in Communication Art & Design and a PhD (RCA) in Critical Writing in Art & Design from the Royal College of Art. Before joining Nottingham Trent University, Bill lectured at the University for the Creative Arts (2012-2017).

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Research areas

Bill’s research focuses on the ideological function of contemporary culture and on its investigation by bringing together different art disciplines and traditions of theory.

Bill’s key research areas include:

  • Net art and Web-based cultural practices
  • Digital media theory
  • Video games
  • Artists’ film and video
  • Experimental cinema
  • Post-war American cinema and the ideology of conflict
  • Spectacle and contemporary culture
  • Politically engaged art practices and activist art
  • Marxist and post-Marxist theory
  • Contemporary art and economics
  • Art market agents and networks
  • Cultural impact of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008

External activity

Bill’s works have been widely exhibited internationally, in more than 120 solo and group exhibitions. He has received nominations for numerous awards, including the 2013 AUDI Art Award of Art Cologne for the most innovative emerging artist. In 2012, he represented the UK in the London Cultural Olympiad and in Maribor, the European Capital of Culture, with his video ‘Parthenon Rising’ (2010). Bill’s practice has been praised for its intellectual rigour and aesthetic versatility in articles and reviews that have appeared in Frieze, Wallpaper, Domus, The Art Newspaper, Espoarte, Le Monde, El País and El Mundo, amongst others. Recent exhibitions include: MACBA, Barcelona; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens; Almeida Garret Galeria Municipal, Porto; Fundació Palma Espai d’Art – Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca; Kalfayan Galleries, Athens; ARTIUM, Vitoria (2016); CA2M, Madrid; Les Chiroux, Liege; State of Concept, Athens (2015); BOZAR, Brussels; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Transmediale, Berlin; Le CENTQUATRE, Paris; ΤΕΝΤ, Rotterdam; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014).

In parallel with his artistic practice, Bill is an editor for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac – the leading academic journal in the field of art, science and technology (ISAST/The MIT Press). Furthermore, his writings have appeared in edited books and in publications such as the Journal of Visual Culture, Third Text and Revista Arta. In recent years, he has given talks about his work at the University of Oxford, the 11th Sharjah Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Goldsmiths University, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Central Saint Martins and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
  • John Hansard Gallery
  • Royal College of Art
  • Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art
  • European Cultural Foundation
  • Open Society Institute
  • Association of Art Historians
  • Jewish Museum of London
  • Sharjah Biennial
  • Thessaloniki Biennale
  • Mildura Biennale
  • Animate Projects
  • Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP)

Publications

Bill Balaskas, “The Imaginary Reconstitution of Leadership”, in 500 Years of Nowhere, edited by Helena Lugo and Mateusz Sapija, London: Goldsmiths University, 2016 (Book)

Bill Balaskas, “Liberating Speculation: Art, the Currency of Capitalism and the Death of Currencies”, in Journal of Visual Culture, Volume 14, Number 2, August 2015 (Article)

Bill Balaskas, “Blindness”, in The Dark Precursor, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium, 2015 (Conference Proceedings)

Bill Balaskas, Lanfranco Aceti, Julian Stallabrass and Susanne Jaschko (eds), Red Art: New Utopias in Data Capitalism, Leonardo Electronic Almanac / LEA Books (The MIT Press), London: Goldsmiths University, 2014 (Book)

Bill Balaskas, “British Art”, in Revista Arta, Issue 12, December 2014 (Article)

Bill Balaskas, “Living in a Global ‘Society of the Spectacle’: From Guy Debord to the Economic Crisis through an Exhibition of Contemporary Art”, in Third Text, Volume 27, Issue 4, July 2013 (Article)

Bill Balaskas, “Antonin Artaud’s Cinema of Cruelty and the Impossible Search for the Authentic Medium. A Lesson for the Digital Age”, in The Challenge of The Object, 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nurnberg, Germany, 2012 (Conference Proceedings)

Bill Balaskas, “From New Media to Old Utopias: ‘Red’ Art in Late Capitalism?”, in ISEA 2011, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011 (Conference Proceedings)

Bill Balaskas, Postponed Ascendancy, in Eat Our Shorts, British Film Institute, London, UK, 2008 (Curatorial Statement)

Bill Balaskas, “Faraway from Theoklymenos’ Country”, in Tales from the City, Stories from the Sea, Athens: Periplous Publications, 2006 (Book - in Greek)

Press expertise

  • Digital media
  • Online culture
  • Video games
  • Political art
  • Economic crisis and culture
  • Art market