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Broadcasting

Art Against the World 

Can art change the world? In this six-part podcast series, I speak to ten Liverpool Biennial 2021 artists, whose work responds to pressing issues such as the climate catastrophe, our changing bodies and legacies of colonialism. 

Click on the player to listen to the first episode, or listen to the whole series on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or via the RSS Feed.

Zheng Bo, Pteridophilia 4, 2019. Video (4K, color, sound), 16 min. Video still. © Zheng Bo. Image courtesy of the artist.

In 2021, I was named one of the ten New Generation Thinkers, a joint BBC / AHRC project. In the course of the academic year, I'll be appearing on Free Thinking programmes on Radio 3. 

Below you can listen to my short essay on how algorithms have become the new art critics, excerpted from the Who Needs Critics? programme, presented by Matthew Sweet. You can hear the whole programme on the BBC website.

Who needs critics? (excerpt)BBC Free Thinking
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In this BBC Radio 4 programme, art historian James Fox explores how technology is transforming the art world. Featuring interviews with Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramović and other artists using VR, algorithmic art and other recent developments, the three episodes investigate how the artists, audiences and markets will be transformed in the future.

 

I appear in several segments, offering a philosophical perspective on how artificial intelligence is reflected in new art.

[more information] [listen on BBC website]

Cell in place of a Stone [Celica namesto kamna], TV Slovenia documentary on bio-art (in Slovene)

Biological art is a form of artistic expression, for which artists take living materials--tissues, genetic code, living beings--and modify them for purposes of beauty or critique. At times gruesome, at times thought-provoking, this artform poses many questions about what should or should not be permissible in art. 

I appear in the documentary as a commentator, explaining the history of bio-art and the challenges it poses. You can find my academic essays on bio-art on my Publications page.

[watch online]