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Mick Wilson

Director of Studies

HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg


The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Mick Wilson

Mick Wilson is an artist, educator and researcher based in Gothenburg and Dublin. He is currently Professor of Art. and Director of Doctoral Studies, at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg.


Trained as both an artist and historian of art and design–with graduate degrees in art & design history; information technology and education; and visual culture–he is a research professor at University of Gothenburg, appointed on both academic and artistic grounds (according to the Swedish University protocol.) Having three decades of experience in higher arts education, research, development and leadership, he has worked in a wide variety of roles and institutions, including as: former Director of Valand Academy, Gothenburg (2012-2018); Fellow at BAK, basis voor aktuele kunst, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2018/2019); Editor-in-chief PARSE Journal for Artistic Research (2015-2017); Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media, Ireland (2007-2012); Chair of the SHARE network of 40 higher arts education institutions across 30-plus countries (2010-2014); and Head of Research, National College of Art & Design, Ireland (2005-2007).

Current teaching and research interests include:

  • constructions of 'public-ness' with respect to the contemporary art field;
  • exhibition-making as enquiry;
  • the political imaginary, community with the dead, plague epistemologies, and the regime of calculation (body -counts):
  • the rhetorical dynamics of knowledge conflict and violence
  • the aesthetic politics of foodways.

Current projects include:

Current and forthcoming courses based on this research include:

  • Introduction to Contemporary Art & Politics (Summer 2021)
  • Art and Politics: On Friendship & the Political Imaginary (Summer 2021)
  • Plague Theory: Epidemic Cultures & Epistemic Praxis (Summer/Fall 2021)
  • Commissioning & Curating Contemporary Public Art (Spring /Fall 2021)
  • Museum Research (Spring 2022)
  • Exhibition Studies (Fall 2022)

Co-edited volumes include:

Current doctoral supervisions include:

  • ‘Rewinding Internationalism: An exhibitionary inquiry on the political imaginary’ Nick Aikens (2018-2022),
  • ‘Ten Tongues to Talk / Tio tungor att tala’ Jennifer Hayashida (2018-2022);
  • ‘Pace and Place for Cospecies Cultivation’ Åsa Sonjasdotter (2018-2022);
  • Ultimology, or the study of endings, as a point of entry for imaginative discourse’ Fiona Hallinan (2019-2023) external co-supervisor with Prof. Nancy Vansieleghem, LUCA Ghent.

Recent and current workshops and conferences:

In 2021 he presented "Denial: They tell me often, that 'we' deny death" as part of Bratislava BAK Summer Spring School, Art During Death. In 2020 he convened the curatorial workshop “handfuls thrown into air and scattered over earth” part of Farewell to Research: Bucharest Biennale 9 (2020).; and presented “Body Counts: Scenes from the Political Life of the Dead” part of Statecraft, the 2020 IMMA Summer School (2020). He was a contributor to the (2020) Unidee Residency Embedded Arts Practice in a Post-pandemic Future at the Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy.

In summer 2021 together with Prof. Steven Henry Madoff of SVA New York co-realisation of “O My Friends, There Is No Friend" (28 Jun -16 July 2021) a three week intensive with guest researchers and speakers including: Simon Critchley, Celine Condorelli, Yuk Hui, Walter Mignolo, Jota Mombaca, Sara Pierce, Elizabeth Povinelli, Helena Reckitt, Sybil Schwarzenbach, Shuddha Sengupta, and Claire Tancons.

In summer 2021 together with Prof. Cătălin Gheorghe, Vector Studio,”George Enescu” National University of the Arts in Iasi, Romania co-realisation of "The Political Condition of the Young Cultural Proletariat" (22-24 Jun 2021) with colleagues from Iasi and Gothenburg, and guest researchers and speakers including: Raluca Voinea (Bucharest), Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić (Belgrade), Vladimir Us (Kishinev), and Vasyl Cherepanyn (Kyiv).

In fall 2021 together with Dr. Jane Tynan of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, co-realisation of "State Violence as Practice" strand within the PARSE 4th Biennial Conference, Violence (17-19 Nov 2021)