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Dr Valeria Graziano - Research Fellow

Dr Valeria Graziano

Research Fellow

I make a living as a cultural theorist and practitioner working at the intersection of care, repair and maintenance. My research addresses the organizational  import of such re-generative cultural practices in reference to the resistance to work and the possibility of political pleasure. I am a member of the Micropolitics Research Group.

My background  is in visual cultures (MA Goldsmiths College 2004) and I hold a PhD from Queen Mary University (2015), for which I was awarded a scholarship for collaborative work between the School of Business and Management and the School of Drama. My thesis title was 'Common pleasures: the politics of collective practice from sociability to militant conviviality'. I have been a visiting fellow at the John Hope Franklin Research Center, Duke University (2011) and a semester fellow at the DCRL (Digital Cultures Research Lab), Leuphana University (2017).

My postdoctoral research wants to develop a theory for ‘prefigurative practices’ (see Turn, Turtle! Reenacting The Institute: Performing Urgency II, 2016; Post-Dance, 2017) and, more broadly, reflects on the role of imaginal procedures within the organizational lives of collectives.

Within this context, some recent research projects include:

Public Programming, a research collaboration with Dr Janna Graham and Dr Susan Kelly (Goldsmiths University of London), supported by Nottingham Contemporary, Goldsmiths College and Middlesex University. THis project investigates the emergent phenomenon of public lectures and other pedagogical or academic-like events within the expanded sphere of museums, biennales and festivals. Two study days have taken places: Public Programming? Pedagogies in a Missing Europe, Middlesex University, 30 June 2016. Public Programming, Social Movements and Solidarity, Nottingham Contemporary, 21 July 2017. A third study day is forthcoming at Goldsmiths in spring 2018.

Together with Dr Kim Trogal (UCA) I have been working on the trope of 'repair and maintenance' across different collective practices, inspired by feminist and degrowth pedagogies. ‘The Politics of Collective Repair. Examining object-relations in a Postwork Society,’ appeared in Cultural Studies in March 2017. Currently, they are working on ‘Repair Shop: emerging sites for postcapitalist practices’ – A UCA-funded comparative research project to map the intersectional practices and political impacts of newly emerging “repair shops” in Italy, Scotland, Sweden, and UK. They are also co-editing of Repair Matters, special issue of ephemera – theory & politics in organization (forthcoming 2019).

 

As a practitioner, I have developed projects and participatory action research activties with international institutions such as: Impulse Theatre Festival (DE); Vanabbemuseum (NL); Arteleku (ES); Kampnagel (DE); La Bellone (BG); Wyspa Institute of Art (PL); Intermediae Matadero (ES); In-Presentable (ES) and Steirischer Herbst (AT), among others. I have lectured widely at universities and cultural institutions across Europe, including presentations at Goldsmtihs College; Royal Dance Academy Stockholm; Insitute for Network Cultures; MACBA; Aalto University; Manifesta 7; CCA Tallin; NABA Milan and documenta 14, and I have carried out commissioned research for Arts Collaborative Network, Serpentine Gallery and Bristol Visual Arts Consortium.

PhD supervisions:
Valerio del Baglivo: Instituting as a mode of curating.
Alexandra Baybutt: Thresholds of utopia: the generation of identities in festivals of contemporary dance and performance art.

Valeria Graziano’s research in the University Repository

Partecipazione

Graziano, Valeria (2017) Partecipazione. In: Education_ART/Contest, Artissima Fair, 2016, October 2016, Turin, Italy. ...

Partisan Welfare - group phantasy as social infrastructure

Graziano, Valeria (2017) Partisan Welfare - group phantasy as social infrastructure. In: Solidarity Poiesis: I Will Come and Steal You. b_books, Berlin. ISBN 978 3 942214 50 6 ...

The politics of collective repair: examining object-relations in a postwork society

Graziano, Valeria and Trogal, Kim (2017) The politics of collective repair: examining object-relations in a postwork society. Cultural Studies, 31 (5). pp. 634-658. ISSN 0950-2386 ...

Dares as ethical operations

Graziano, Valeria (2016) Dares as ethical operations. In: From representation to conspiracy (working title). Juan Dominguez. (Accepted/In press) ...

Speculations for a radical, feminist strike: workshop and experiment

Graziano, Valeria and Friedli, Lynne and Pester, Holly (2016) Speculations for a radical, feminist strike: workshop and experiment. In: Rest and Its Discontents: Speculations for a Mass Strike,...

Art and Diplomacy conversations at FIAC! 2016. Staging negotiations panel, Valeria Graziano and Christophe Meierhans

Graziano, Valeria and Meierhans, Christophe (2016) Art and Diplomacy conversations at FIAC! 2016. Staging negotiations panel, Valeria Graziano and Christophe Meierhans. In: Art and Diplomacy con...

Repair matters

Graziano, Valeria and Trogal, Kim (2016) Repair matters. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization . ISSN 1473-2866 ...

Public programming? Pedagogies in a missing Europe

Graziano, Valeria and Allen, Felicity and Del Baglivo, Valerio and Evans, Graeme and Bowman, Jason and Cranfield, Ben and Goodwin, Paul and Graham, Janna and Jelinek, Alana and Kelly, Susan...

The educational turn in art: rewriting the hidden curriculum

Graham, Janna and Graziano, Valeria and Kelly, Susan (2016) The educational turn in art: rewriting the hidden curriculum. Performance Research, 21 (6). pp. 29-35. ISSN 1352-8165 ...

Prefigurative practices. Raw materials for a political positioning of art, leaving the avant-garde

Graziano, Valeria (2016) Prefigurative practices. Raw materials for a political positioning of art, leaving the avant-garde. In: Turn Turtle Turn. Performing Urgency #2. Performing Urgency ...

What’s on: an ethology of public programming. Notes on an emergent form of social organization for thinking-feeling in public

Graziano, Valeria (2016) What’s on: an ethology of public programming. Notes on an emergent form of social organization for thinking-feeling in public. In: Public Display of Affection/ Manifes...

Learning to talk back

Graziano, Valeria (2016) Learning to talk back. In: The Analphabet Publication. Eremuak, Spain. (Accepted/In press) ...

Fake it until you make it: prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity

Graziano, Valeria (2017) Fake it until you make it: prefigurative practices and the extrospection of precarity. In: Mapping Precariousness, Labour Insecurity and Uncertain Livelihoods: Subjectiv...

The politics of commoning and designing

Elzenbaumer, Bianca and Graziano, Valeria and Trogal, Kim (2016) The politics of commoning and designing. In: DRS2016 Design + Research + Society | Future Focused Thinking: 50th Anniversary Int...

Tutta un'altra classe ... appunti di viaggio per una pedagogia della vulnerabilita

Graziano, Valeria (2015) Tutta un'altra classe ... appunti di viaggio per una pedagogia della vulnerabilita. In: 'Education as a Social Landscape', Zonarte 2015, 8-9 October 2015, Turin, Italy. ...