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Dr Peter Muir

Peter Muir

Profile summary

  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Art History
  • p.e.d.muir

Professional biography

Research Interests concern the relationship between word and image, the mnemonic significance of materials as well as the implications of spatial theory in relation to contemporary art practice and cultural identity.



Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect: Sculpture, Space, and the Cultural Value of Urban Imagery, Matta-Clark: Hardback ISBN 978-1-4724-1173-0

Shimon Attie's Writing on the Wall: History, Memory, Aesthetics, Ashgate: 2010 ISBN 978-0-7546-6963-0

Scholarly articles and reviews

‘October: La Glace sans tain’, Cultural Values: Journal for Cultural Research, Vol 6, No. 4, 2002, 419-441

‘Signs of a Beginning: October and the Pictures Exhibition’, Word & Image, Vol. 20, no. 1, October-January 2004, pp. 52-62

‘An Indolence of the Heart: Allegory and Symbol in the work of Robert Smithson’ The Journal for Cultural Research, Vol 9 No. 2, 2005, pp. 151-167

'An Act of Erasure: October and the Index' in Writing and Seeing: Essays in Word & Image, Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, 2006, pp. 267-277

Surveying the Century- Art Since 1900, The Art Book: Issues, News and Reviews, Volume 12 Issue 4, November 2005, Blackwell Publishing.

‘An Intimate and Slender Response to Holbein’s The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb’, in Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory WAPACC, New York, 2006, pp 178-181.

The Mourning Play (Trauerspiel) of Shimon Attie,’ in Journal for Cultural Research, Volume 11 Number 4 (October 2007), ISBN 1479-7585, Taylor & Francis, pp. 323-336,

The Encyclopaedia of Identity: Sage Publications, 2010: essays on Guy Debord, Laura Mulvey, W.J.T Mitchell and Roland Barthes.

‘Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect: “Luxury will be King” Journal for Cultural Research Volume 15 Number 3 (JULY 2011), pp. 173-192. ISSN 1479–7585 © 2011 Taylor & Francis

Imaging History’ (17 Feb 2012 – 03 June 2012) ‘Shimon Attie’s in Berlin’: Extra 9 magazine, FotoMuseum Antwerp, Waalsekaai 47 - 2000 Antwerpen (February 2012): Shimon Attie, Raphaël Dallaporta, Sally Mann, Bart Michiels, Simon Norfolk, Bruno Vandermeulen en Danny Veys.

Conference papers presented:      

2003 The Writing & Seeing Conference (Olhares e Escritas-Colóquio Internacional sobre Literatura e Artes Visuais) Oporto, October 2003: paper title: ‘An Act of Erasure: October and the Index’

2005 The Visible and Invisible Cultures Conference, February 18-20, 2005, University of the West of England (UWE). Paper title: ‘Metamorphosis and Transformation in The Maids of Honour (Las Meninas)’.

2006 Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory October 2006 (New York): paper title: ‘An Intimate and Slender Response to Holbein’s The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb

2006 Walter Benjamin Festival, Berlin Humboldt University (Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin), October 2006 (Profane Erleuchtungen - Illuminations): paper title: ‘A Remembrance of Things Passed: Moments of Awakening and Shock in the Art of Gordon Matta-Clark.’

2007 Perceptions of Land in Societies outside Europe from the 17th to the 20th century, June 2007, Universität Hamburg; paper title ‘Documents and Mementos: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Conical Intersect as a Site of Memory.’

2007 ‘The Past in the Present’ at The Glasgow School of Art: Department of Historical and Critical Studies; paper ‘Ghosts of Berlin: The Mourning Play (Trauerspiel) of Shimon Attie.’ October 26-29, 2007

2007 The Free University Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft): a symposium ‘Hide and Seek. Das Spiel von Transparenz und Opazität (Hide and Seek. The Interplay between Transparency and Opacity),’ paper ‘Shimon Attie and the Counter-Monument’ November 23 ­ 25, 2007

2007 The University of Amsterdam: conference ‘European Identities and the Second World War,’ paper: ‘Shimon Attie and Redemption,’ December 10-12 2007

2008 Strathclyde University, Glasgow, paper ‘A Remembrance of Things Passed: Shock in the Art of Gordon Matta-Clark, 15-17 April, 2008

2009 UCL (University College London), ‘Europe before the European Community, 1918-1957, Images and Ideas,’ paper ‘The Exotic Museum of an Extinct Race and the identity of a new Europe,’ December 11-12, 2008

2009 AAH Annual Conference 2009 (Association of Art Historians), Tools of Trades: Articulating Sculptural Practice, paper: ‘Articulating the cut: a consideration of Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting Four Corners (1974),’ 2-4 April, 2009.

2010 Conference ‘Imaging History, photography after the fact,’ paper ‘Shimon Attie’s Writing on the Wall,’ February 18th 2010 at Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Brussels, Belgium.

2012 Conference title ‘Re-Writing Objects & Histories of Sculpture’ (11-12 May 2012), paper: ‘noble and heroic forms’: The Radical Declassification of Epstein’s BMA Sculptures.’ The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R

2012 Conference 'Migration, Memory and Place', 5-7 December 2012 at the University of Copenhagen and ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj.‘Memory, Myth and Idealization in the work of Lubaina Himid’. Download abstracts [PDF]

2014 ‘The image as an economy of attraction and evasion,’ Symposium: ‘What Images Do,’ The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, March 19-21, 2014, Charlotteborg Palace, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Visual Arts, Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark: Paper titled: ‘The hollowness of the image’ (the image as an economy of attraction and evasion)

2014 ‘Gordon Matta-Clark: A Rhetoric of Movement,’ Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 29 2014; Sensing Architecture: A multidisciplinary symposium held in conjunction with Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, 29 March 2014. This symposium seeks to unpick and develop the ideas, issues, implications and assumptions the exhibition poses. Photograph:

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