Dr Neil Matheson is a Senior Lecturer in Theory and Criticism of Photography. He is
an art historian with a particular interest in surrealism and dada, modernist and
contemporary art. After a degree and MA in photography, he took his PhD in the
History and Theory of Art at the University of Kent at Canterbury, where his
research focused on surrealism and masculinity. He currently teaches photography
students on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and supervises PhD
candidates. As a researcher he is part of the CREAM research group and is a member
of the Group for War and Culture Studies (GWACS).
Research interests have focused on surrealism, photography and contemporary art.
Recent projects have included an AHRC funded research project on Spiritualism and
Technology, and work on performance art and photography. Currently researching magic
and completing the book Gothic Surrealism.
Available for supervision.
Currently supervising PhD candidates in Surrealism in Japan, and in the
representation of violence against the body.
The Sources of Surrealism
Lund Humphries, 2006.
The Machine and the Ghost: Technology and Spiritualism in C19th-C21st Art
Ashgate – forthcoming 2014.
Fear of Reflections: The Photoworks of Paul McCarthy
in Mieke Bleyen (ed), Minor Photography, Leuven, 2012.
(exh. cat.), Tate, 2011 (also in German translation) – contributor to catalogue.
Something borrowed, something new
Tate Etc. magazine, no.22, summer 2011.
National Identity and the Melancholy of Ruins: Cecil Beaton’s photos of the London
Journal of War and Culture Studies, Vol.1 no.3, November, 2008.
Gursky, Ruff, Demand: Allegories of the Real and the Return of History
in D.Sutton (ed), The State of the Real, I.B. Tauris, 2007.
Surrealist Masculinity and the late collages of ELT Mesens
in Patricia Allmer and Hilde Van Gelder (eds), Collective Inventions, Leuven, 2007.
The Ghost Stamp, the Detective and the Hospital for Boots
Early Popular Visual Culture, Vol. 4, No.1, April 2006.
The Phantom of Surrealism: Photography
National Identity and the Reception of Surrealism in England, History of Photography, Summer, 2005.
LINKS TO PUBLICATIONS
MA Photojournalism alumnus Jason Larkin is now showing at Flowers Gallery
Jason Larkin Past Perfect
Centred around questions of authenticity and the representation of collective histories, Past Perfect (2008 – 2016), is a new series of photographs by British photographer Jason Larkin, highlighting the visual presentation of war and conflict within public museums around the world.
pic.london is a not-for-profit photo festival that is initiated, led and run by artists and photographers, launching its first edition this autumn.
It aspires to support emerging artists and engage the public in thinking about photography.
Fun, accessible, and intellectually inspiring.
1st Opening Thursday 26th October at Gallery SO
This exhibition seeks to explore the scope and scale of visual intrusion in our everyday lives through photographic and mixed media work from emerging artists.
We live in a society that has a CCTV camera on every street corner and a camera-phone in every pocket. Yet intrusion can be as overt as unwanted snapshots […]