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Dr Martyn Hudson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

My research spans three areas. Firstly in co-produced research with cultural organisations including galleries, event spaces and curators. This work has included the Hatton Gallery and the Merz Barn Wall, MIMA, TESTT Space, NewBridge, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and many others.

Secondly, in an expansive theoretical and historical practice resting upon critical theory which takes in the aesthetics of the Frankfurt School to the landscapes of northern England. I am specifically informed by the notion of imagined and imaginary landscapes and what this might mean for political and historical practice. The concept of autonomy in art and politics is central to understanding the kinds of speculative and alternative futures humans and other species are attempting to build.

Thirdly in the art and philosophy of Greek antiquity and specifically its sculptural mythology. Much of my practice rests upon an understanding of autonomy and aesthetics largely rooted in readings of Marx, Castoriadis, Adorno, Arendt, Heidegger and the notion of classical art and sculpture.

I am the editor of the Routledge book series 'Visual Modernities' and am the author of 7 academic monographs. My next book is forthcoming from Routledge in 2021 - 'Visualising Worlds: World-Making and Social Theory' and I am currently working on a monograph on the philosophy of statues.

I am part of the AnMor editorial group examining imagined landscapes, was the co-producer of the ERiS (Experimental Research in Spaces) seminar series at Baltic 39 and am an active participant in the Visual and Material Cultures and BxNU research groups. I am lead for the Decolonising Research strand of Decolonising Northumbria and my research informs my role as Co-Lead for the MA in Creative and Cultural Industries Management.

Martyn Hudson

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Ghost Manifesto, Hudson, M. 30 Apr 2021
  • Call Centre Project Report - Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Hudson, M. 28 Feb 2021
  • Towards the Land of Nod, Hudson, M. 30 Apr 2021
  • Visualising Worlds: World-Making and Social Theory, Hudson, M. 2021
  • Memory and the writing of catastrophe, Hudson, M. 1 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Political Power
  • On Blackamoor: History, Nature, Memory of the North York Moors, Hudson, M. 2020
  • TESTT: Experimenting, Inspiring, Changing, Donkin, H., Hudson, M., Arnold, L. 2019
  • TESTT Space: Groundwork and Experiment in a Complex Arts Organisation, Hudson, M., Donkin, H. 9 Dec 2019, In: Arts and the Market
  • Visualising the Empire of Capital, Hudson, M. 23 Aug 2019

Professional Activity

PGR Supervision

  • Fiona Crouch Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Eleanor Docx To what extent can enlightenment discourse inform improvements in audience development for British orchestras in the immediate years after the coronavirus pandemic? Start Date: 01/10/2020


Social Research PhD March 30 1997

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