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Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden, Charles Harrison)
Visting Professors Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media & Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Art & Language were amongst the originators of the Conceptual art movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. The name now designates the practical artistic work of Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden who are joined by Charles Harrison for literary and theoretical projects.
Their works are widely exhibited and collected in Europe and the USA. International exhibitions include Documenta of 1972, 1982 and 1997 as well as major retrospectives at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (1993), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (1999), Musée d'Art Moderne, Lille (2002) and the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga (2004). Recent publications include Art & Language: Homes from Homes II (Zurich, 2006), Art & Language, Writings (Madrid and London, 2005, 2007).
Art & Language have also contributed to a number of journals and periodicals including Radical Philosophy and Critical Inquiry. An exhibition of recent work is currently on show at Distrito 4, Madrid.
They have collaborated with the London Metropolitan University on the project ‘What Work Does the Artwork Do?’


Sara Cannizzaro
Communication and Subjectivity Research Group, London Metropolitan University.

Sara Cannizzaro is a PhD student in Communications, working on a project involving biosemiotic theory and the analysis of virtual communities. Her interests include semiotics, system analysis, popular culture, information systems, photography and illustration.


Paul Cobley
Reader in Communications, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Paul Cobley is founding editor of Subject Matters Journal and Convenor of the Communications and Subjectivity Research Group at Sir John Cass Dept. of Art, Media and Design.
Fields of research include subjectivity, semiotics (including semiotics of nature and semiotics of culture), the work of Thomas A. Sebeok, subjectivity, communication theory (history and applications), narrative, genre theory, popular fiction in print, film and television (particularly the thriller genre).
He is the author of a number of books, including The American Thriller (2000) and Narrative (2001). He is the editor of The Communication Theory Reader (1996), The Routledge Companion to Semiotics and Linguistics (2001), Communication Theories 4 vols. (2006), co-edits two journals, Subject Matters and Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing.
He is currently writing a book entitled The Semiotics of Paranoia: Re-contextualizing the Subject of the Thriller, which explores anxiety and the semiotic self in fiction.


Mary Anne Francis
Research Fellow Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London, UK.
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Critical Fine Art Practice), University of Brighton, UK.

Mary Anne Francis is an artist and writer. Across these practices, she has been concerned with the reciprocal conditions of the social-in-the-artist (and in particular, the notion of the artist as a multifarious agent, which was the subject of her Goldsmiths PhD in Fine Art) and the artist-in-the-social, as identified with recent participatory, collaborative and ‘post-autonomous’ activities.
Her visual work has appeared / taken place in a wide range of venues: public and commercial galleries as well as artists-run spaces; fly-posting sites and as part of London Underground’s artist’s poster project Platform for Art; in a Financial institution’s HQ and in a council estate. Likewise her writing has involved art-criticism e.g. for Art Monthly and articles for books and journals.
She has taught in many art schools and is currently Research Fellow in Critical Practice at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

For her contribution to Systems Art, Mary Anne will be working with members of Critical Practice Chelsea: Robin Bhattacharya, Wayne Clements, Rob Dingle, Al Page, Tom Trevatt, and Neal White.


Ken Friedman (CANCELLED)
Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design, Department of Communication, Culture, and Language, Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway.
Design Research Centre, Denmark's Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ken Friedman is one of the best known scholars in the design field. At Denmark's Design School, he works with theory construction and comparative research methodology for design. As Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design at the Norwegian School of Management he focuses on knowledge economy issues, and on artistic and designerly approaches to management. He is also a seminal figure in Fluxus, the international experimental group for art, design, architecture, and music.
Friedman's work is represented in major museums and galleries around the world, including Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart, and others. His work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern and the Royal Academy in London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Statens Museum for Kunst in København, the Biennale of Venice, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Emily Harvey Foundations in New York and Venice.


Mette Gieskes
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Mette Gieskes teaches art history of the 19th and 20th centuries at the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen. She studied art history at the University of Leiden (MA) and at the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.) and has taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research mainly addresses European and American art since 1945 in relation to contemporary developments in politics and science, as well as in art forms such as music, literature and film. She is working on a book on the political connotations of the use of systems and game structures in European and American art between 1957 and 1975, which will be an expanded version of her dissertation.


Francis Halsall
Lecturer in modern and contemporary Art History, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.

Francis Halsall studied Art History at University of Glasgow (MA & PhD). He is the author of Systems of Art (Peter Lang, 2007) and the co-editor (with Julia Jansen & Tony OConnor) of the collection Rediscovering Aesthetics (forthcoming). He is currently working on a major postdoctoral project on Niklas Luhmann’s theory of art.


Robert Linsley
Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Robert Linsley is an artist who lives in Kitchener Canada, where until recently he was a Professor at the University of Waterloo. He has extensive publications in art history and theory. Examples of both his work and writing may be found on the New Research In Abstraction website. He is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto and Felix Ringel in Düsseldorf.


Peter Osborne
Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, UK.

Peter Osbornes research interests include Nineteenth and twentieth-century European Philosophy, Philosophy of time, aesthetics and cultural theory, conceptual art and contemporary art.


Chris Smith
Principal Lecturer, Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media, and Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Chris Smith is Convenor of the Visual Arts Practice Research Group and editor of the Journal of Visual Art Practice.
His research interests lie in the field of art and design philosophy, particularly the connection between theory and practice, and a concern with praxis in art and design. He collaborates with others from the Visual Arts Practice Research Group in projects related to the relationship of imagination and image, and with Art & Language on the question of ‘What work does the artwork do?’ This has led to various national and international symposia and exhibitions.
Chris supervises a range of doctoral students drawn from art and design as well as the crafts. He has run a number of workshops in collaboration with the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, on supervision of Masters and Doctoral students. He also sits on the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design AHRC working group, examining issues related to practice-led research.


Kitty Zijlmans
Professor of Contemporary Art History, Faculty of Arts, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Kitty Zijlmans studied art history at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and was awarded her PhD in 1989 for a theoretical thesis about art history and systems theory.
Her main interest is in the fields of contemporary art, art theory, and methodology. She is also especially interested in the position and contribution of women in art and culture, as well as in ongoing intercultural processes and globalization of the (art) world.

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