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Dr Carina Brand

Job: Lecturer Fine Art

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK

T: +44 (0)116 257 7325




Personal profile

Coming from both a Fine Art Practice and Art Theory background my previous work encompasses painting, sculpture, installation and most recently video. Working with colour, parody and politics the work is always a deliberate hyperbole. Since completing my PhD in 2015 I have focused more exclusively on academic writing. My research is combinatory, bringing together art theory, aesthetic theory, and political economy, and extending my analysis to film, literature, Science Fiction and popular culture. My approach is materialist and feminist and seeks to understand aesthetic relationships and affects under extractive capitalism. My thesis ‘Global Extraction’ sought to illuminate the way that the extractive impulse exists in myriad ways and to define the aesthetics of extraction. Exploring the way that work and leisure are increasingly blurred by digital technology, but also retrospectively understanding the role of social reproduction colonialism in supporting capitalist production as invisible ‘free’ labour and resources. My current projects are developing my thesis into a book, and writing papers on abject art, necropolitics, and the ongoing role of utopia.

Research group affiliations

  • Fine Art Practice Group

Research interests/expertise

  • Art Theory
  • Art History
  • Political Economy
  • Post-Operaismo
  • Feminism
  • Globalisation
  • Marxism

Areas of teaching

  • Fine Art Practice
  • Fine Art Contextual Studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy (2015) The University of Wolverhampton
  • Post Graduate Diploma, (2010) The Royal Academy of Art
  • B.A Fine Art (2007) Winchester School of Art
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education, (2001) Wellington college of Education (NZ)
  • B.A Anthropology (2000) Victoria University (NZ)

Courses taught

  • Fine Art B.A, M.A

Forthcoming events

Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life
Date: April 21st, 2017 — April 23rd, 2017, The University Of Leeds, Paper presenting: Title: A Materialist Re-reading of Abject Art: Non-reproduction, Abjection and Aesthetics 

Capitalism, Marketing and Critique, May 24-25th, Senate House London, University of London, Paper presenting: Social Reproduction and the Necropolitical: The Extraction of Life (and death)

Conference attendance

Historical Materialism (2016), SOAS, London, Paper Presented: Social Reproduction and Simple Reproduction: The Gift to Capital and the Commodified Home

European Sociological Association Annual Conference: Communicative Capitalism (2016), Lisbon, Portugal, Paper presented: The Extraction of ‘Life’ in Communicative Capitalism: Reinterpreting Relative and Absolute Surplus Value

The Avant Garde: A History, A Theory, A Politics, (2013) The University of Edinburgh, paper presented: The Black Avant Garde 

Art and Globalisation Conference, (2012) Tate Liverpool, Paper presented: Global Development and Contemporary Art 

Art, Image, Politics, Conference John Hansard Gallery, (2012) Paper presented: Progressive Images: Financial Action 

Golden Rod Adorned Log,  (2011) The Dairy, Cardiff, Group Show 

Timber Trophy, (2011) RM Gallery, Auckland NZ, Exhibition with Kirstin Carlin 

Production/Reproduction, (2011) The University of Wolverhampton, Conference Paper: Indigenous Cultural Production under Neoliberalism 

Royal Academy Schools Show, 2010, Exhibition, London

Recent research outputs

Gender, Identity and Material, The Royal Academy of Art, London, (2017), Film Screening: Film: Synophresia Nervosa (2015)

Book Chapter: Economic Science Fictions (2017), Goldsmith University Press, Titled: ‘Feeding Like a Parasite’: Extraction and Science Fiction in Capitalist Dystopia

Journal Article (Forthcoming): Symploke: Oceanic Modernism, (2017) titled: The Utopia/Dystopia Dialectic in New Zealand: Modernism, Counter-Cultures, and Cultural Production 

Journal Article: Revisiting the Concepts, Politics and Cultures of Multitude, Journal TBC, (2017), Titled: Social Reproduction and the Necropolitical: The Extraction of Life (and death) in the Multitude

Current research students

  • Stephania Laccu (1st Supervisor)
  • Sarah Alhamad (2nd Supervisor)

Internally funded research project information

Unit 34 ADH Funding: To present and attend European Sociological Association Annual Conference: Communicative Capitalism (2016), in Lisbon, Portugal. Paper presented: The Extraction of ‘Life’ in Communicative Capitalism: Reinterpreting Relative and Absolute Surplus Value

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