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