Marina Vishmidt

Prof. Dr. Marina VishmidtArnheim Professor SoSe 2022, Prof. Dr. Marina Vishmidt, Foto Barbara Herrenkind


Marina Vishmidt has taught at Goldsmiths since 2016, and has an extensive record of teaching and research at BA, MA and art academy settings. Her work is mainly concerned with the nexus between art, value and labour, with an emphasis on the speculative relations that link processes of financialisation and subjectivation. The research parameters draw on disciplines including continental philosophy, aesthetics, political economy, feminist theory and black studies.

She has developed a distinctive profile within and between the spheres of the academy, artistic spaces and activism, where she practices as a writer, editor and organiser. She also has a specialism in artists moving image from a critical and curatorial perspective, and worked for many years in a voluntary capacity with the Cinenova Working Group.

Academic qualifications 

  • PhD Critical Management and Political Economy, Queen Mary, University of London. Supervised by Prof Peter Fleming. 2013
  • MA Modern European Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, London. Supervised by Prof Ray Brassier. 2004
  • BA Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, New York. 1998

Featured publications

2018: Speculation as a Mode of Production: Forms of Value Subjectivity in Art and Capital. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 9789004291379

2016: Reproducing Autonomy: Work, Money, Crisis and Contemporary Art. London: Mute Publishing. ISBN 9781906496623

2020: ‘Bodies in Space’, Radical Philosophy 208 (Autumn 2020), 33-46

Professional projects

Alongside her research and teaching work, she has been involved as an editor on a number of publications, including Look at Hazards Look at Losses, co-edited with KUDA and Anthony Iles (Berlin: Mute Publishing, 2017), Anguish Language, co-edited with John Cunningham, Anthony Iles and Mira Mattar (Berlin and Milan: Archive Books, 2015), WINTER: Poetics and Politics, (Milan and Oslo: Oslo Academy of Art and Mousse Publishing, 2013) and Uncorporate Identity, co-edited with Metahaven (Zürich: Lars Müller, 2010). She has contributed to textbooks such as the Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory (SAGE, 2018) and the Handbook of Marxism (SAGE, 2021). She is on the editorial board of the book series New Perspectives on the Critical Theory of Society (Bloomsbury Academic) and South as a State of Mind journal.

Conferences and talks

2019: ‘Institutional Mediation in the Age of Redundancy, or, The ‘Beyond Repair Manual’, BXNU Symposium: Reorganising Cultural Institutions, Newcastle

2020: ‘Producing the Vulnerable Body in a Biopolitical Crisis’, Art Criticism and the Pandemic series
organised by Art Monthly and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

2019: ‘Speculation as a Mode of Production: Of Art, of Value, of Subjects and of Reasons’
Kunsthistorisches Seminar, Kunstmuseum Basel

Grants and awards

2021: Research Fellow with the ‘Social Reproduction: Looking for Jeanne’ (2019 – 2022) project
Funded by the Swedish Research Council

2019: MeCCSA Climate Change Network Grant
for ‘End of the World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction’ symposium

2019: Digital Worldmaking Fund, Goldsmiths
for ‘End of the World Trade: On the Speculative Economies of Art and Extraction’ symposium


Arnheim – Lecture am 04.07.2022