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About Steve Klee

Steve Klee is a Lecturer in Fine Art in College of Arts

Department Responsibilities

Teaching, Research, Graduate Studies, Erasmus

Subject Specialism

Contemporary art, aesthetics & philosophy (espcially new realist and materialist approaches)


  • PGCHE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education — University of Kent, 2013
  • PhD by Practice, Visual Art — Goldsmiths, University of London, 2010
  • MA Fine Art, Distinction — Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2001
  • BA Hons Fine Art, First Class — The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1999


  • PhD Funding: fees and full bursay — AHRB,
  • MA Funding — AHRB,


PhD Supervision and Examination: Mike Lawton, An Irreductionist Practice: Painting & Writing after O,O,O. Primary supervisor in consultancy with the University of Kent PhD Department of History and Philosophy of Art, School of Arts, University of Kent, Martin Lang, Militant Art, Internal examiner June/July 2015 PhD, Department of Film Studies, School of Arts, University of Kent and Department of Arts and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Luis R Antunes, The Multisensory Film Experience: A cognitive Model of Experiential Film Aesthetics. Internal examiner October 2016 to May 2017 Member of Selection Panel C (Practice as Research) for CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East). Awarding money for PhD candidates applying to HEIs within the consortium 03/2015 and 03/2016 Editorial Board Review for Third Text Journal 12/2013

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Research Interests

  • Aesthetics

  • Brassier

  • Contemporary Art

  • materialism

  • Philosophy

  • politics

  • Ranciere

  • science

  • Speculative Realism

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Symposia: Steve Klee (06/2016) ‘Science-Art: Accelerated Models of Spectating’, a paper delivered at Radical Future and Accelerationism (keynote speakers Mark Fisher and Nick Srnicek) — in 2016
  • Exhibition: Perpetual Liquidity, artist screening as part of Of the Sea, a selected group show at No 1 Smithery, Kent — in 2016
  • Exhibition: Concrete Plastic, group show at LAM Gallery, Los Angeles — in 2016
  • Exhibition: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Solo show at Five Years Gallery, London — in 2015
  • Symposia: Realisms and Object Orientations: The Philosophy of Tristan Garcia at the ICA. Garcia was the keynote speaker. I organised and chaired this event with contributions from University of Kent — University of Kent in 2014
  • Refereed Article: Rancière Against the Cuts: Activist Demands Are Aesthetic, Third Text (Tailor & Francis), 12 pages/6000 words, ISSN 09528822 — in 2013
  • Catelogue Essay: Steve Klee (03/2011) ‘Training Ground: Avoiding the Trap of Structural/Materialist Film’ in Aernout Mik: Communitas, Leontine Coelewij, Sabine Maria Schmidt & Tanja Milewsky — in 2011