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Daria Martin

Professor of Art
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Daria Martin is Professor of Art, Director of Artistic Research and the DPhil Course Co-Convenor at the Ruskin. As an artist, her 16mm films aim to create a continuity between disparate media (such as painting and performance), between people and objects, and between internal and social worlds. Human gesture and seductive imagery meet physically mannered artifice to pry loose viewers’ learned habits of perception. 

Subjects such as robots, an archive of dream diaries and close-up card magic, are explored within isolated spaces such as the wings of a theatre, a military academy, or a scaled up modernist sculpture. These protective yet fragmented settings, full of seams and shadows, stand in for the capacities of the film medium itself, a permeable container that consumes and recycles the world at large.

Some areas of research that inspire her work include cinematic theories of embodied spectatorship, postmodern dance’s task-based movements, scientific and artistic investigations of synaesthesia, genres of performance in which props play a significant role, and feminist and gender theory.

Daria Martin was born in 1973 in San Francisco. After studying humanities at Yale, she received her M.F.A from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2000. Martin has lived and worked in London since 2002 when she participated in the artist in residence programme at the Delfina Studios Trust. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the world. Solo exhibitions include Maureen Paley, London (2016); One of the Things That Makes Me Doubt, ACCA: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Sensorium Tests, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (2012). Recent group exhibitions include The New Human, Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden, touring to Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); 14th Istanbul Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms, Istanbul, Turkey (2015); 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2014); In the Holocene, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (2012); Dancing Through Life, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

Daria has taught at the Ruskin since 2006, and is available for DPhil supervision. She is also a member of St John's College.