Natasha Lushetich

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Professor of Contemporary Art & Theory
Director MFA Arts & Humanities


Professor Natasha Lushetich is an artist and theorist. Both her practice and her theoretical work are interdisciplinary; they unfold in the extended fields of intermedia, performance, interventionism and site-specificity exploring the status of sensory experience in cultural knowledge, hegemony, biopolitics, and more recently, disorder and complexity. A founder member of subRosa, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies such as Fulbright (NYU, New York), Steim (Amsterdam), Noorderzon (Groningen), and ArtsLink (Cleveland & NYC). Her artistic work has been shown in a range of conventional venues such as museums, film and performance festivals in Europe, Asia and the USA, in less conventional venues such as banks and the street, as well as supported by the Arts Council of England; The Mondrian Foundation; The VSB Foundation; The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; and The Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts, among others.

Professor Lushetich holds a PhD from the University of Exeter and is the author of two books: Fluxus: the Practice of Non-Duality (Rodopi 2014) and Interdisciplinary Performance (Palgrave 2016). She is also co-editor of On Game Structures (Taylor and Francis 2016); editor of The Aesthetics of Necropolitics (Rowman and Littlefield 2018) and editor of Beyond Mind, a special issue of Symbolism, the International Annual of Critical Aesthetics (De Gruyter 2019). Her recent writing has appeared in such cross-disciplinary journals as Artnodes; Contemporary Aesthetics; Environment, Place, Space; Media Theory; Performance Research; Text and Performance Quarterly, TDR, The Journal of Somaesthetics and Total Art Journal and in a number of edited collections. Professor Lushetich has also led two interdisciplinary research projects, the Bridging the Gaps-funded Critical Gaming (2012-13) and the HASS- and Maudsley-funded Spaces of the Mind (2013-2016). She has taught internationally and the recipient of three teaching awards. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an editorial member of the Anthem Series in Critical Thought and Evental Aesthetics.

Research Outputs


Monographs & Edited Collections:

  • The Aesthetics of Necropolitics, ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, London, forthcoming)
  • On Game Structures, a special issue of Performance Research, Vol.21, No. 2, co-edited with Mathias Fuchs, 2016.
  • Interdisciplinary Performance: Reformatting Reality(Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave), 2016.
  • Fluxus: The Practice of Non-Duality (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi), 2014.


  • 'Stigma Stains: The Somaesthetics of Institutional Abjection' in On the Politics of Ugliness, Ed. Rodrigues, S. (New York: Palgrave, forthcoming)
  • 'Alternate Reality Games: from Foucault to McKenzie and Beyond' in Inter-Views Conversations and Crossings in Performance Philosophy, Ed. Street, A. et al. (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan) 2017, pp.107-116.
  • 'The Constitution of Liberal Totalitarianism on Facebook' in Žižek and Performance, Eds. Chow, B. and Mangold, A. (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 2014, pp.94-109.
  • 'Karaoke Death: Intertextuality in Active Euthanasia Practices' in The Power of Death: Perceptions of Death in the Western World, Eds. Blanco, M-J. and Vidal, R. (Oxford and New York: Berghahn), 2014, pp.213-223.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Chained to the Digital Camp A Review-Essay of Byung-Chul Han’s Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New technologies of Power, Media Theory, October 2018.
  • How Long? How far? A Brief meditation on the Reach of a Name’s Performativity, Performance Research, Vol.23, No.4 and 5, 2018, pp. 35-41.
  • ‘Idiosyncrasy as Strategy in the Age of Epistemic Violence’, Artnodes The Journal of Art, Science and Technology, No. 20 Art and Research, 2017, pp. 111-119.
  • ‘The Art of Being Elsewhere: Neoliberal Institutions of Care’, The Journal of Somaesthetics, Vol. 3, No. 1 and 1, 2017, pp. 55-81.
  • ‘Private reconstructions of Past Collective Experiences: Technologies of Remembering-Forgetting’, Environment, Space, Place, 2015, pp.105-134.
  • ‘No Reason to Jump, no Reason not to Jump: Song Dong and the Process called Time’, Performance Research, Vol.19, No.3, 2014, pp. 43-47.
  • ‘Three Meditations on Relationality and Hegemony’, Total Art Journal. Vol. 1. No.1. 2013, pp.1-14.
  • ‘Fluxing the Logic of Definite Differences’, Babilónia: Cultural Studies. Vol. 6, No. 11/12, 2012, pp. 77-90.
  • ‘Hovering between Being and Non-Being’, Performance Research, Vol.16, No.4, 2012, pp. 73-79.
  • ‘The Event Score as a Perpetuum Mobile’, Text and Performance Quarterly. Vol. 32, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 1-19.
  • ‘The Performance of Time in Fluxus Intermedia’, TDR. Vol.55, No.4. 2011, pp. 75-87.
  • ‘Ludus Populi: The Practice of Nonsense’, Theatre Journal. Vol.63, No.1 2011. pp. 23-41.
  • ‘On the Performativity of Absence’, Performance Research. No.1, 2010, pp.81-89.

Recent Invited Talks:

  • Intermedia, University of Westminster, London, January 2018.
  • The Extended Mind in a Technologically Augmented Body, Making Biological Minds, University of Leeds, Sept 2017.
  • Necropolitics: An Affective Cartography, ACLA Conference, Utrecht University, July 2017.
  • In, Out, During and With: Asian Perspectives on Bare Life, Duquesne Women in Philosophy, Critical Theories of Life, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, March 2017.
  • The Limits of Congruence, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, February 2017.
  • Against Systemic Stupidity: Ecosophy as Method, Creativity SLSA, Atlanta, November 2016.
  • Affect and Relational Architecture, Interaction and Communication, Keynote Address, University of Exeter, April 2016.
  • Stigma Stains The Somaesthetics of Institutional Abjection, Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability, Florida Atlantic University, January 2016.
  • Dislimitation, Disinhibition and the Performative Subject’s Relentless Self-Exploitation, Power, ACAH, Osaka, April 2015.
  • Transgenic Art: A Multilogue with Heidegger, Bataille and Derrida, The Human-Animal Boundary, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, April 2015.
  • Pluralistic Ignorance as a Form of Subtextual Authority, Authority and Its Discourses, University of Bourmedes, October 2014.
  • On Dust: Memory as Performance and Materiality, Performing Space(s), CalArts, Valencia, April 2014.

Recent Artistic Outputs:

  • Persona, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Dec 2011 – Jan 2012.