Mountain of Art Research


The Mountain of Art Research (MARs) is based in the Department of Art at Goldsmiths College, and linked to the Art Research Programme.

A bit like a research centre, except it's a mountain, MARs supports and promotes the development of innovative art research across a range of art practices including - but not limited to - studio, performance, film and video, curatorial, critical, art-writing, situated, participatory and interdisciplinary practice. Through MARs we bring together researchers within Art, across disciplines, between institutions and beyond higher education for intentional, concentrated discussion and sharing of research.

Committed to rigorous formal experimentation, maverick conceptual exploration and socially-engaged articulation, MARs emphasises the material ‘stuff’ of art research as much as its speculative possibilities; its capacity as a space for reflection as well as its political imperative.

As both platform and ethos, the aim of MARs is to challenge received ideas and habits; to promote new ways of thinking and being both in and out of this world.

MARs website and visual identity designed by Rowena Harris.


Mountain of Art Research
43 Lewisham Way
Goldsmith’s College
University of London
New Cross, London
SE14 6NW

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Key Staff

Professor Kristen Kreider
Director, Art Research Programme

MARs concept and framework devised by Professor Kristen Kreider.

Kristen Kreider is Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Art Research Programme at Goldsmiths College, London.

Kristen is a writer and artist whose research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. She has published poetry, essays, journal articles and a single-authored monograph entitled Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subject and Site (IB Tauris, 2014).

In collaboration with the architect James O’Leary, Kristen’s artistic practice engages with sites of architectural and cultural interest. Combining aspects of performance, installation, documentary, poetry, fiction and image-making, the work of Kreider + O’Leary exposes and interweaves the complexities of place into a fabrication of the real. Their book Falling (2015) was published by Copy Press and Field Poetics (2018) was published by Ma Bibliothèque. They are currently working on a large-scale project, Un-Governable Spaces, engaging with five sites of community and resistance globally.


Professor Michael Newman

Art, Literature and Philosophy seminars run by Professor Michael Newman.

Michael Newman is Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary artists, as well as thematic essays on the wound, the horizon, contingency, memory, drawing, boredom and nonsense. He is the author of Richard Prince Untitled (couple) (2006), Jeff Wall: Works and Writings (2007), Price, Seth (2010) and “Stuart Brisley: Performing the Political Body and Eating Shit” in Stuart Brisley (2015). He is co-editor of Rewriting Conceptual Art (1999) and The State of Art Criticism (2007).

The exhibitions he has curated include Tacita Dean at York University, Toronto, Revolver2 (contemporary artists) at Matt’s Gallery, London, and ‘Drawing after Bellmer in Europe, North America and Japan’ will be at The Drawing Room, London. The first volume of his selected writings, ‘I know very well…but all the same’: Essays on Artists of the Still and Moving Image is forthcoming with Ridinghouse.


Dr Edgar Schmitz 

Installations series organised by Dr. Edgar Schmitz. 

Edgar Schmitz is an artist who produces escapist backdrops from film, sculpture, animation and writing, including a recent book on Hubs and Fictions edited with Sophia Hao (2016, Sterberg Press). Selected solo exhibitions include sindanao2, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai; Surplus Cameo Decor, Cooper Gallery, Dundee; extra added bonus material, FormContent, London; Liam Gillick: “Edgar Schmitz”, ICA, London (with Liam Gillick). He is currently Reader in Art at Goldsmiths as well as Associate Researcher 2017 at netwerk center for contemporary art, Aalst (B) and one of their Unreliable Protagonists for 2017/18.