Vid Simoniti



My profile is here.

2019. “The Living Image in Bio-Art and in Philosophy” Oxford Art Journal


I track the relationship between genetic art and bio-ethics, from the 1990s till today, and argue works of art offer insights that philosophers have overlooked.


[published] [penultimate draft]


2019. "Low Blows: Martin Krpan, Top Lista Nadrealista and Equalising Satire." Crack up Crack Down, edited by Slavs and Tatars. 

On satire in the Balkans, written for the publication on the occasion of the 2019 Ljubljana Biennial of the Graphic Arts.



2018. “Assessing Socially Engaged Art” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

 I argue that in order to be good, socially engaged art must make a real difference.

[published] [penultimate draft]

2018. “Adrian Piper and the Rhetoric of Conceptual Art” (forthcoming) in Connie Butler and David Platzker (eds.) Adrian Piper: A Reader (New York: MoMa Press) 

  I situate Adrian Piper's anti-racist Conceptual art in the cultural context of modern racism in 1980s America, and argue for a continuity between her early (abstract) and late (political) work.

[more information[abstract]

2017. “Aesthetic Properties as Powers”, European Journal of Philosophy

 A paper in analytic metaphysics: properties like beauty, cuteness, somberness are powers that objects have over us. This thesis solves some old conundrums about the nature of aesthetic judgement.

[published] [penultimate draft]

​2017. “Artistic Research at the Edge of Science”, OAR: Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform 1:1.


Contemporary bio-art has a problem: it has become almost indistinguishable from bio-engineering. To establish critical distance, bio-art needs to reintroduce an aesthetic dimension.


2016. “Virginia Woolf, Literary Style, and Aesthetic Education”, Journal of Aesthetic Education 50:1, 62-79.

 I identify a new theory of literary style in Virginia Woolf's essays. Literary style is the ability of a text to shape our mental dispositions or our "mental geography", as Woolf puts it.

[published] [penultimate draft[Chinese translation]

2016. Translation of Slavoj Žižek et al., “Art, Society/Text” (from Slovene), Art Margins 5: 3, 102-114.



2008. "Schopenhauer on the Epistemological Value of Art", Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 5: 3, 19-28. 

Schopenhauer's view of the epistemic value of art is plausible, once we understand his crazy metaphysics metaphorically.




In the public sphere


2019. Review of Keith Haring at Tate Modern. The Museums Journal. [download]

2018. "Digital Art and the Alt Right" The Point. [read]

2018. "Dada Data, the Alt-Right and Scepticism", catalogue essay, Reality Machines exhibition, Cambridge. [read]

2017. “Review of Robert Bailey’s Art & Language International”, Art History  [link]

2013. "Beyond the Mainstream and Into the Digital", White Review  [link]

In Slovenian

I have published essays and reviews in venues such as Delo, Pogledi and Razgledi. Here is a sample of some of my work in Slovenian.

“Človek človeku pes” (an essay on Maja Smrekar’s opus), Delo, 3 June 2017, 19. [download]

‘Faust ali optimizem’ [‘Faust or Optimism’, in Slovene] (theatre programme essay) in Tomaž Pandur, Faust, Ljubljana: SNG Drama Publications. [download]