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Research interests

Kevin Biderman has been working as an artist, theorist and lecturer for the past 20 years. He previously taught Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art and film-making at Goldsmiths, in addition to lecturing in Further Education. In 2005 he co-authored the book Londres en Mouvement and has more recently written for the Journal of Visual Culture amongst others. In 2017 he undertook an AHRC-funded research residency at the MayDay Rooms archive. Kevin has a socially engaged practice and works with numerous activist groups and unions. In 2020 he completed his doctoral thesis at the RCA titled “Visual Surveillance and Direct Action Protest in the City of London.”

Scholarly biography

BOOKS

Londres En Mouvement, Editions Autrement (2005) by Yann Perreau and Kevin Biderman
This book consists of thirty written and photographic portraits of individuals living in London involved in art and politics including; Steven Frears, Tariq Ali, Esther Leslie, Cerith Wyn Evans, and Rut Blees Luxemburg amongst others

ARTICLES

Journal of Visual Culture
Edited and introduced the Journal of Visual Culture - Virtual issue on Screens, Media and Technology (2015) http://vcu.sagepub.com/site/virtual%20issues/Screens_media_technology.xhtml

Design History of Now
Co-wrote The Politics of UX Design (2015) with Dr. Shehnaz Suterwalla for Design History of Now - http://historyofnow.rca.ac.uk/the-politics-of-ux-design/

OpenDemocracy
Wrote Chanan’s imperfect cinema dialogues (2016) article in OpenDemocracy - https://www.opendemocracy.net/kevin-biderman/chanan-s-imperfect-cinema-dialogues

Transform Europe
Exercises in Exorcism – Ways of Healing (Through) Art Education co-written with Eleanor Dare, Laura Gordon, Eleni Ikoniadou, Matt Lewis, Joseph Pochodzaj, Cecilia Wee, and Dylan Yamada-Rice (2021)

SYMPOSIUM / CONFERENCES (selected)

Embers of Discontent (2018)
Organised and introduced conference on the political and artist ramifications of 1968 for the Royal College of Art

Recording Resistance (2017)
Organised and introduced symposium on the topic of Recording Resistance, which incorporated an exhibition as well as a series of talks and workshops at the MayDay Rooms London – funded by the AHRC

London from Above: Control, Surveillance and Access (2016) 
Co-organised symposium on the topic of London from Above: Control, Surveillance and Access at the Royal College of Art

Open Up? (2014)
I attended the Open Up? Conference on behalf of the Open Data Institute and presented the Data as Culture exhibition to delegates

London Design Festival at UCL (2011)
The Whatever is to become of books conference was funded by the LDF and UCL. It was based on my original research and co-developed with Sojournposse

FILMOGRAPHY

Revolting Eyes (2018) 
Animator / Editor
2 minute animation using absurdist cut out style to examine current issues relating to surveillance, the human body and revolt. Made with PerfomingBorders

Referendum Road Trip: Speaking With Imelda (2018) 
Co-Director / Camera op / Editor
4 different ten minute films documenting the Speaking of IMELDA road trip in the run up to the 2018 referendum on the 8th amendment

Data Futures (2015)
Director / Camera op / Editor
Live narrated documentary for the Open City Documentary Festival’s Smart Portrait of London conference

Entertaining the Nation (2011) 
Producer / Editor
3 x ten minute interactive films for Entertaining the Nation exhibition (Jewish Museum London)

The Gypsy and Traveller Support Service (2009)
Director / Camera op / Editor
10 minute documentary funded by Central and Cecil housing association on the everyday lives of members of the Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller community

One Zero One (2007)
Director / Camera op / Editor
20 minute film for London Visions at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum in Toulouse

Living In Limbo (2005)
Director / Camera op / Editor
15 minute documentary film for the Brief Encounters Film Festival. The film charts the progress of a Lebanese asylum seeker as she fought to stay in the country and keep her children

PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDIT IN NEWSPAPERS / MAGAZINES

I have been published in the following papers and magazines: Le Monde (France), Lesbok (Iceland), Time Out (London), Nova Magazine (Paris), Blast Magazine (Paris), Visions of the City (UK), Café Magazine (UK)

INTERACTIVE DESIGN

  • From 2000-2010 I worked with DCG Design helping them to produce a series of projects for key clients such as the Fitzwilliam Museum and Trinity College, Cambridge amongst others
  • In 2006 I worked with Le Monde Interactif (the newspaper’s online version) producing a series of multimedia works
  • In 2011 I worked with the Jewish Museum to produce three interactive films for their Entertaining the Nation exhibition

ACADEMIC FUNDING

  • 2010: I was awarded the CIC/UCL Partnership for Excellence grant paying the tuition fees for the MSc Digital Anthropology course
  • 2012: I obtained a cash award from the UCL Doctoral School as part of the ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ prize
  • 2015: I obtained TECHNE / AHRC funding and maintenance for my PhD at the RCA
  • 2017: I obtained TECHNE / AHRC funding for my research residency at the MayDay Rooms archive and funding for the Recording Resistance Symposium

Knowledge exchange

GUEST LECTURING & PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Tate Modern - March 2019, 2021
Guest lecture on The Art Museum: Past, Present and Future

Tate Britain Oct 2018
Speaker: Late at Tate’s Che Fare?

Furtherfield June 2018
Lab session speaker at Playbour

Syracuse University in London 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Guest lecture on Surveillance Histories with BA Visual Culture 

Goldsmiths University, London Feb 2018
Guest lecture on the political economy & speculative thinking with BA Design

WORKSHOP ORGANISATION AND FACILITATION

I have facilitated and designed workshops for children, teenagers and adults at the Brent Summer School (London), Raw Material (London), Hoxton Hall (Hoxton, London), Hackney Farm (London), AntiUniversity, RCAUCU, Defend the Arts, and the Jewish Museum with the support of the Cultural Olympiad (London)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Royal College of Art

… → 2020

Master, University College London

… → 2012

External positions

Tutor for Working in a Museum, Tate Modern

6 Dec 2021 → …

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