Jon Shaw

Lecturer Graduate Diploma and MFA Fine Art

Jon K Shaw is a writer, editor and educator based in southeast London. He teaches in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London; City & Guilds of London Art School; and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. With Tom Robinson he founded and edited Rattle: A Journal at the Convergence of Art and Writing, and with Theo Reeves-Evison edited and introduced the book Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017).


His ongoing research concerns the lucid and materialist surrealisms of the Planet, including:

  • Questions around immanence, substrate and material memory.
  • The philosophies, art histories, cultures, biologies and geontologies of movement, with a particular focus on postindustrial and agricultural contexts.
  • Strange, uncanny and weird materialisms, especially with reference to archaeology and geology.

He is currently working on two books: one on the lucid materialism of disgraced Surrealist Antonin Artaud, and a second on performance, poetry, dance and financial products that suspend oppositions between life and death.

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