Dr Bill Balaskas

Bill Balaskas

Associate Professor

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Fine Art Graphic Design Multimedia Photography Undergraduate and Professional Education

Role

Dr Bill Balaskas is the Research Coordinator 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

Dr Bill Balaskas is an artist, theorist and educator. His work spans various media, practices and dissemination platforms. Before joining Nottingham Trent University, Dr Balaskas lectured at the University for the Creative Arts (2012-2017).

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Research areas

Dr Balaskas’s research brings together different art practices and strands of theory in order to investigate the ideological function of contemporary culture.

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 2008

External activity

Dr Balaskas’s works have been widely exhibited internationally, in more than 130 solo and group exhibitions. In March 2018, he was selected as one of the four winners of the European Investment Bank’s annual Artist Awards. In April 2018, he was announced as one of the thirteen international artists invited to create new works for Italy’s official WWI centenary exhibition (1918-2018). Furthermore, he has received nominations for the New Positions Award of Art Cologne for the most innovative emerging artist (2013); Prix de la Jeune Scène Artistique Méditerranéenne of the Jean-Luc Lagardere Foundation / HYam (2014); and The Constance Fairness Foundation Prize (2015). In 2012, he represented the United Kingdom in the London Cultural Olympiad and in Maribor, the European Capital of Culture, with his video “Parthenon Rising” (2010). Moreover, he has received commissions for the production of new works by Museu d' Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), John Hansard Gallery, the Jewish Museum of London, Animate Projects and several biennials. Dr Balaskas’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.

In parallel with his artistic practice, Dr Balaskas is an editor for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac – the globally 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 and lecture-performances at the University of Oxford, the 11th Sharjah Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Goldsmiths University, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Central Saint Martins, Warburg Haus, De Bijloke Muziekcentrum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

In July 2018, Dr Balaskas was appointed advisor to Arts Council England, in the field of collaborative research (Midlands Higher Education and Culture Forum).

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Arts Council England
  • European Investment Bank
  • 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 for Art History
  • Jewish Museum of London
  • Sharjah Biennial
  • Thessaloniki Biennale
  • Mildura Biennale
  • City of Vittorio Veneto
  • 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)

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Press expertise

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