Cadence Kinsey





Cadence Kinsey is Lecturer in Recent and Contemporary Art. Her research centres on the histories of art and technology, as well as live art and performance from the 1960s to today. Prior to joining York, Cadence taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules at UCL, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Slade School of Fine Art and Imperial College London. Between 2013 and 2016, Cadence was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art at UCL, where she completed a book project about ‘art after the Internet’. She has published in leading interdisciplinary journals, such as Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, as well as platforms such as BBC Culture, MetaMute and DISMagazine.

Cadence is committed to sharing her research outside the academy and has given interviews about her research for BBC Four and BBC Farsi, and in 2018 presented a three-part series for Radio 4. She also works closely with a number of artists and organisations, such as Arcadia Missa Gallery in London where she co-curated the exhibition Maja Cule: Facing the Same Direction in 2014. In 2018 Cadence was a member of the Curatorial Bureau for the 13th Baltic Triennial, taking place across Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga.



• Contemporary art

• Histories of art and technology

• Live art and Performance

• Feminist Science and Technology Studies

Cadence’s research focuses on the relationships between art, technology and the subject. In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in History of Art for a thesis which focused on the self-image in the work of Carolee Schneemann, Kate Craig, Lynda Benglis, Mona Hatoum and Nell Tenhaaf. Between 2013 and 2016, Cadence held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College London, where she completed a book project about ‘art after the Internet’. This will be the first major scholarly study into the broad – and now much contested – field of ‘post internet art’, offering a historical and critical account of the multiple and varied engagements between art and the Internet since 2008. In her research, Cadence has addressed urgent questions around the environmental impact of new technology, digital materiality, digital labour and inequality, the production of subjectivity online and the destabilization of a historic ‘real’/’virtual’ binary. Her work offers an analysis of new technologies, such as Cloud computing and social media, and engages critically with the new discursive frameworks that have developed in recent years, such as the so-called ‘newmaterialisms’. Currently, she is developing her next research projects, which will focus on questions of class and gender in austerity Britain.

Research group(s)

• Centre for Modern Studies

• Modern and Contemporary Cluster

• Science and Technology Studies Unit



Walled Gardens: Freedom & Control in Art After the Internet (forthcoming)


Selected Articles, Chapters & Exhibition Catalogues

2018 ‘A Priori / Post Hoc’ in Kholeif, O. (ed) I was Raised on the Internet exh. cat. (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago)

2018 ‘Archetype and Authenticity: Amalia Ulman’s Excellences & Perfections’ in Ulfsdotter, B. & Backman Rogers, A. (eds.) Female Authorship and the Documentary Image. (Edinburgh: EUP): 23-37.

2016 ‘How Close do You Want Me to Be: Kate Craig’s Delicate Issue’ in Rawes, P., Loo, S. & Matthews, T. (eds.) Poetic Biopolitics. (London: I.B. Taurus): 46-62

2014 ‘Matrices of Embodiment: Re-Thinking Binary and the Politics of Digital Representation’, in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol.39 (pp.897-925)

2014 ‘Post-media/Post- medium: The Impact of Technology on the Ontology of Painting’ in Apprich, C., et al (eds.) Provocative Alloys: A Post Media Anthology. (London & Lüneburg: Leuphana Universität Lüneburg & Mute): 68-83




Art After the Internet



Toil & Trouble: Feminism & Art Now!


External activity


Curatorial Bureau, BALTIC Triennial BTXIII, Give Up the Ghost, curated by Vincent Honoré, Vilnius-Tallinn-Riga 2018

Co-Curator with Rozsa Zita Farkas and Tom Clark, Maja Cule: Facing the Same Direction, Arcadia Missa, London 2014

Selected Media

Contributor, Tamasha, BBC Farsi, April 2018

Presenter, Street Art, BBC Radio 4. February 2018

Contributor, Turner Prize 2016. BBC4 December 4th 2016.

Selected Recent Talks & Lectures

2017 ‘Evian Disease’, University of Cambridge

2016 ‘Lo Fidelity’, Ch-ch-ch-changes, David Roberts Art Foundation, London

2016 ‘R-U-In?S: survival, peer-networks and niche evolution in art after the Internet’, The Networked Image, Eikones, University of Basel

2015 ‘Walled Gardens: Art After the Internet’, The Internetional, Showroom, MAMA, Rotterdam

2015 ‘Blind Windows: Between Order and Opacity in Camille Henrot’s Grosse Fatigue’, Total Archive, CRASSH, University of Cambridge

Conferences and Panels Organised

2016 ‘Playing Games: Power and Pleasure in Art After the Internet’, University College London

2015 ‘Semi-Automatic Images’, CAA Annual Conference, New York

2011 ‘The Grandaughters’ Generation: Feminism and Art History Now’, University College London (organising committee)










Dr Cadence Kinsey

Contact details

Dr Cadence Kinsey
History of Art
University of York
Room V/C/219

Tel: 01904 322943

Office Hours: Please email Cadence to make an appointment.