• Margot Bouman

    Assistant Professor of Visual Culture


    Professor Bouman's research interests include contemporary art; video installation art; the rhetorical forms of visual culture, avant-garde television, and the mediated production of the public sphere. Her book project, "Between the Revolutions: From Televisions Avant-Garde to the Televisual and the Avant-Garde", is under consideration at Minnesota University Press. Organized chronologically and thematically, it analyzes the presence of television and the televisual that permeates video and video installation art from the 1970s to the present. Her new research regards the complex interrelationship between contemporary art and commercial film and popular music. A portion of this research appears in an article on Christian Marclay's The Clock published in the Journal of Curatorial Practice (2014). Both her book project and new research addresses the manner in which persistent strands of high Modernism, with its fiction of existing only for itself, continues to find articulations of mass media and avant-gardism—such as video art made for television, or postproduction artworks that are embedded in a broader culture of circulation and sharing—incapacitating, commercializing, compromising, and de-aestheticizing. Bouman's publications in visual studies address the real political and worldly significance of understanding visual forms and how they communicate (2011, 2013).

    Recent Publications:


    “On Sampled Time and Intermedial Space: Postproduction, Video Installation and Christian Marclay’s The Clock” in The Journal of Curatorial Studies Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2014.

    "New Blueprints for Knowledge Production” in Porous Boundaries: art and essays, a volume dedicated to the cultural studies scholar, Janet Wolff. Edited by Cyril Reade and David Peters Corbett. Manchester: Manchester University Press, June 2014.


    “Move Along Folks, Just Move Along, There’s Nothing to See: Transience, Televisuality and the Paradox of Anamorphosis” in After the Break: Television Theory Today, edited by Jan Teurlings and Marijke de Valck. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2013.


    “The Mise en abyme Effect: Politics and the Fantasy of Total Visibility” in Space RE:solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture, edited by Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript, 2011.

    Research Interests:

    contemporary art, video installation art, the rhetorical forms of visual culture, avant-garde television, and the mediated production of the public sphere