Dr Olga Goriunova

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway in 2015, having previously held positions at Goldsmiths, London Metropolitan University and Warwick University. My first degree is in philology and literary scholarship (Lomonosov State University, Moscow) and my PhD is in digital media from Media Lab at Aalto University (Helsinki).

I am a cultural theorist working with technological cultures, media philosophy, and aesthetics. I have contributed to the theories of curating and digital arts, digital media cultures, and software studies. More recently, I have worked with the notions of ecological aesthetics, digital subjects and cultures of abstraction. My research is interdisciplinary and draws upon theories of computing, art, philosophy,  literature and film. 

My new forthcoming book (co-authored with Matthew Fuller) is Bleak Joys. Aesthetics of Ecology and Impossibility (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). I am the author of Art Platforms and Cultural Production on the Internet (Routledge, 2012). I have edited a special issue of Subjectivity journal, entitled  “Digital Subjects” (2018). I am the editor of Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Pain and Paradox in Computing (Bloomsbury, 2014) and co-editor (with Alexei Shulgin) of Readme. Software Art and Cultures (University of Aarhus Press, 2004). 

I am one of the founders and a co-editor of Computational Culture, a Journal of Software Studies.

I have also worked as a curator, co-organizing, among other, Readme, software art festivals, 2001-2005, Runme.org software art repository and curating a series of exhibitions Fun and Software in 2010-2011. 

In 2015, I was a Fellow at the University of Leuphana’s Digital Cultures Research Lab. In 2014-2016 I was part of the Posthumanities research network (funded by the Swedish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences) and member of the Visual Social Media Lab, working on the project Picturing the Social (funded by Economic and Social Research Council, UK). From 2018, I am a co-theme leader for Audience Insight, a strand of the StoryFutures Creative Cluster, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. 

 I am Director of Research for Media Arts Department.




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