Dr Valeria Graziano
Valeria Graziano is a cultural theorist, practitioner and educator whose research is concerned with postwork imaginaries and practices; institutional analysis; alternative pedagogies; the politics of cultural labour; and operaist thought. She is a member of the Micropolitics Research Group.
Valeria has a background in visual cultures (MA Goldsmiths College 2004) and a PhD from Queen Mary University (2015), for which she was awarded a scholarship for collaborative work between the School of Business and Management and the School of Drama. Her thesis title was 'Common pleasures: the politics of collective practice from sociability to militant conviviality'. She has 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).
Her postdoctoral research considers the various affordances of the concept of ‘prefigurative practices’ for developing a contemproary theory of the political use of arts (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, current research projects include:
Public Programming, a research collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, Goldsmiths College and Middlesex University investigating 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. This research will lead to a co-authored publication.
Together with Dr Kim Trogal (UCA) Valeria has 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).
She is also one of the researchers contributing to the Erasmus+ project ADiE - Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Third cycle provision in Dance and Performance, investigating pedagogies for Practice as Research (PaR) research level degrees in Dance and Performance, in partnership with UniArts, Zodiak and Kiasma (FI), Weld and University of the Arts (SE) and Dance4, Chichester University and Middlesex University (UK).
As a practitioner, Valeria has developed projects at the intersection of artistic practice and participatory action research with international institutions such as Impulse Theatre Festival; Vanabbemuseum; Arteleku; Kampnagel; La Bellone; Wyspa Institute of Art; Intermediae Matadero; In-Presentable and Steirischer Herbst, among others. She has 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 she has carried out commissioned research for Arts Collaborative Network, Serpentine Gallery and Bristol Visual Arts Consortium.