Professor of Theory, Practice & Critique
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
Sunil Manghani is editor of Journal of Visual Art Practice and managing editor of Theory, Culture & Society. He is a former Associate of Tate Exchange; member of the Academic Advisory Board of University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute, and fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, as well as representative for the Institute’s AI and Arts group. He is also a trustee of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design, where he leads on the Research Alliance. He teaches and writes on various aspects of critical theory, visual arts and image studies.
Current Projects: Preparation of the Artwork | Painting/Knowledge | Data Image Lab | structualism.ai | Electronic Life | Pécuchet Press
Archive: Visual Art & Culture | Image Studies | Critical Theory | Experiments with Writing
Visual Art & Culture
- ‘Practice PhD Toolkit‘, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vol. 20, No. 4., 2021, pp.373-398.
- ‘A visual, journal practice: Journal of Visual Art Practice, twenty years on‘, Vol. 20, No. 4., 2021, pp.299-315.
- ‘Drawing Desires’ in A Companion to Contemporary Drawing, ed. by Chorpening & Fortnum. Wiley Blackwell, 2021. See also: Jitish Kallat in conversation with Sunil Manghani (Drawing Room)
- Seeing Degree Zero: Barthes/Burgin and Political Aesthetics, Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
- Itinerant Objects, Tate Exchange, 5-7 April, 2019, Tate Modern.
- How to Build an Art Biennale, Tate Exchange, 8-13 May 2018, Tate Modern.
- ‘The Pleasure of (Music) Video’ in Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media, ed. G. Arnold et al., Bloomsbury, 2017, pp.21-40.
- ‘Painting as Commitment’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2017, Vol.3, No-1-2, pp.55-81.
- ‘Situations of Painting: An interview with Karin Kneffel’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2017, Vol.3, No-1-2, pp.157-176.
- Barthes / Burgin, John Hansard Gallery, 13 Feb – 16 April 2016.
- Barthes/Burgin: Notes Towards an Exhibition, Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
- India’s Biennale Effect: A Politics of Contemporary Art, Routledge India, 2016.
- ‘Painterly explorations: Notes from India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, 2015, Vol.2, No.1, pp. 75-95.
- ‘The influence of cinema on painting’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol.1, No. 1, 2015, pp. 121–144.
- Farewell to Visual Studies, Penn State University Press, Stone Art Theory Institutes Series, 2015.
- Painting: Critical & Primary Sources, Bloomsbury, 2015.
- #Afterglow: Notes on Transmediale 2014, Futurezone (Kurier), 11 February 2014.
- ‘London Film-maker’s Co-opertative’ and ‘Television Documentary: Overview’, entries for Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film, edited by Ian Aitken, Routledge, 2005.
See also: Journal of Visual Art Practice | Website
- Manghani, S. (2020) ‘Zero Degree Image: From the Empirical Image to Image as Capacity’, in E. Alloa and C. Cappelletto (eds.) Dynamis of Images: Moving Images In a Global World. Contact Zones series, De Gruyter, pp.263-285.
- ‘Image Theory’ in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, edited by Michael Kelly. Oxford University Press, pp. 422-426.
- Image Studies: Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2013. (See also: Companion Website)
- Images: Critical & Primary Sources, Bloomsbury, 2013.
- ‘Images: An Imaginary Problem?’ in J. Elkins & M. Naef (ed.) What is an Image? Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011, pp. 226-228.
- Image Critique and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Intellect Books, 2008.
- Images: A Reader, Sage, 2006.
- ‘Notes on Structuralism: Introduction‘, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 39, No. 7–8, pp.117–131. Introduction to a special section, including the English translation of ‘On Narrative: An Interview with Roland Barthes‘, pp.159–174.
- ‘Review Essay: Changing the Object’, review of Diana Knight, ed., Interdisciplinary Barthes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), Barthes Studies, Vol. 8.
- ‘Neutral Life / Late Barthes’ (Special Issue), Theory, Culture & Society, 2020, Vol.37, No. 4.
- ‘Idiorrhythmy: An (Unsustainable) Aesthetics of Ethics, in P.Crespi & S.Manghani (eds.), Rhythm and Critique: Technics, Modalities, Practices, Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp.150-172.
- Rhythm and Critique: Technics, Modalities, Practices, Edinburgh University Press, 2020.
- ‘Barthes/Bataille: The Writing of Neutral Economy’, Theory, Culture & Society, 2018, Vol.35, No.4, pp.193-215.
- ‘The art of Paolo Cirio: exposing new myths of big data structures’, Theory, Culture & Society. 34, 7-8, 2017, pp.197-214.
- ‘Zones of Indeterminacy: An Interview with Peng Yu’, Theory, Culture & Society, 2015, Vol. 32, No. 7–8, pp.300–309.
- ‘Making Metapictures Political: Public Screenings of the Fall of the Berlin Wall’ in Northern Lights, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2009, pp.113-131.
- ‘Public (re)visions: critical pictures of the fall of the Berlin Wall’ in Film International, 2006, Vol.4, no.6, pp.16-27.
See also: Theory, Culture & Society
Experiments with Writing
- ‘Introduction’, in Catherine Louisa Pirkis, The Experiences of Loveday Brooke. Pécuchet Press, 2023. (Read: abridged introduction).
- ‘Barthes/Bataille’, in Lord B., Pornography of the Gaze, Pécuchet Press, 2022.
- Bouvard and Pécuchet (Text Adventure Game, work-in-progress), 2019
- ‘Ring Cycles’ in Jeffrey Dennis ‘Ringbinder’ (catalogue), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2017.
- Manghani, S., ‘Kylie Écriture’ in Bennett, P. & McDougall, J. (ed.) Barthes’ “Mythologies” Today: Readings in Contemporary Culture. Routledge, 2013.
- ‘RB’ on FB, a ‘living’ reading of Roland Barthes’ Mourning Diary, 2012-2013.
- ‘Yes… But When? – An Open Letter’ in Parallax (special issue, ‘Yes!’, ed. G. Peters), Volume 16, No. 3, 2010, pp.62-73.
- ‘Ink and Wonder’, Times Higher Education, 15-26 April 2010, pp. 40-42.
- ‘Love Messaging: Mobile Phone Txting Seen Through the Lens of Tanka Poetry‘ in Theory, Culture & Society, Volume 26, Issues 2-3, 2009, pp.209-232.
- ‘Confessions of a Virtual Scholar, Or, Writing as Worldly Performance’ in Journal of Writing in Creative Practices, special issue: ‘Writing Encounters within Performance and Pedagogical Practice’, Vol 2, Issue 2, 2009, pp.173-192.
- In the Study of the Letters in Red in Journal of Visual Art Practice, 2005, Vol 4, no. 1, pp 19-27. See also: Rodrigo Velasco’s Letters in Red
- Adventures in Subsemiotics: Towards a New ‘Object’ and Writing of Visual Culture in Culture, Theory & Critique, 2003, Vol. 44, no. 1, pp.23-36.
- Experimental Text-image Travel Literature in Theory, Culture & Society, 2003, Vol.20, no.3, pp.127-138.