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About Martin Lang

Martin Lang is a lecturer in Fine Art in the College of Arts. Prior to working at Lincoln he taught on the BA Fine Art and BA History & Philosophy of Art programmes at the University of Kent and on the Foundation Diploma at University for the Creative Arts. Martin’s teaches both practice and theory on both the BA and MA Fine Art courses. He runs modules on all three years of the BA programme. In the first year, he leads an art history module that examines and debates key artistic moments of provocation, antagonism and public engagement over the last 100 years - from the avant-garde to relational, participatory and socially engaged art practices of today. Martin's research-led teaching has enabled him to debate received understandings of the 'neo-avant-garde' critiquing Peter Bürger's definition of the term. In the second year he runs the contextual studies module that examines dialogic artistic methodologies through cultural, critical, philosophical and ethical frameworks. In the third year he runs a module that asks students to develop an individual research project they proposed at the culmination of the second year - exploring the art of criticism and how to market their critical outputs as well as the traditional skills of writing for critically engaged readers. Martin's research specialises in art and politics. He is currently working on two large research projects. The first is a monograph entitled Militant Aesthetics: Art Activism in the 21st Century. The other is a curatorial project on 'errorism'. As part of this project Martin has travelled to Buenos Aires to interview the founding members of the International Errorist movement (2017) and convened a panel on ‘The Politics and Aesthetics of Error’ at the Association for Art History annual conference (2018). He is also working on several other publications, including a book chapter entitled ‘From Watts to Wall Street: a Situationist Analysis of Political Violence’ and two journal articles: ‘Spectacular Malaise: Art After the End of History’ and Participatory Art and Post-truth Politics: A Defence of Experts and Aesthetics'. He has previously published research on militancy, the neo-avant-garde and the apocalypse and Revolution. Martin is an internationally exhibited artist (Cyprus, Portugal, and the USA). In the UK his work has been selected for exhibition by the likes of Turner Prize artist Dexter Dalwood and Tate Curator of Photography Simon Baker. In 2016 he featured in the inaugural International Festival of Projections (Canterbury) alongside artists including Laure Prouvost, Adam Chodzko, Simon Pruciak and Marcus Coates.

Department Responsibilities

Teaching Research Year Leader: BA (Hons) Fine Art Open Day Co-ordination Personal Tutor

Subject Specialism

Militancy, Art Activism, Aesthetics, Neo-Avant-garde, Art & Politics, Socially Engaged Art, Dialogical, Relational and Participatory Practices,

Qualifications

  • PhD History & Philosophy of Art — University of Kent, 2015
  • MA Fine Art — University of the Arts London, 2010
  • PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education — University of Greenwich, 2006
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art — Cyprus College of Art, 2004
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting & Drawing — University of Huddersfield, 2002

Awards

  • Mobility Grant — Banco Santander S.A.,
  • CPD Scholarship to attend the London Critical Theory Summer School (Birkbeck) — University for the Creative Arts,
  • Teaching Fellowship — Higher Education Academy,
  • School of Arts Departmental Doctoral Studentship — University of Kent,
  • Cultural Grant — Maidstone Borough Council,
  • Artist in Residence — Art & Wild Nature Foundation, Cyprus,
  • Project Development Award — Arts Council England,
  • Kition Studio Bursary — Cyprus College of Art,
  • TEA Initiative Residency — Public Arts, Wakefield,

Orcid ID

0000-0001-7127-3100

Research Interests

  • Aesthetics

  • Art Activism

  • Art and Politics

  • Critical Theory

  • Neo-Avant-Garde

  • Socially Engaged Art

  • Militancy

Research Projects

  • Networks of Error — awarded £1000 by Banco Santander S.A. in 2017
  • TONIC Creative Business Project — awarded £99900 by Lifelong Learning Network, Learning Skills Council in 2008

Research in the Lincoln Repository


Degree Responsibilities

  • Year Leader - BA Fine Art — 2017 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Leader - Provocations & Imaginations (ART1015M) — 2016 to Present
  • Module Leader - Cultures & Atmospheres (ART2019M) — 2017 to Present
  • Module Tutor - The Fine Art Body (ART1017M) — 2017 to Present
  • Critical Article Supervisor (MA) - Critical Studio Practice (ART9004M) — 2017 to Present
  • Module Leader - Ingenuities & Originalities (ART3016M) — 2018 to Present
  • Dissertation Supervisor (BA) - Dissertation (ART3010M) — 2016 to 2018
  • Module Tutor - Frameworks (ART1016M) — 2016 to 2018
  • Module Tutor - The Gallery (ART1018M) — 2016 to 2018

Professional Affiliations

Activities

Martin is currently guest editting a special issue of Art & the Public Sphere journal. He regularly gives artists talks to non-academic audiences. Examples include: The Marx Memorial Library (London), ArtServe (Derbyshire), The Collection Museum (Lincoln), The UCL Art Museum (London) and The Festival of Spain (London), where he gave talks on Antoni Tàpies and Picasso that were recorded for the BBC.