Paul OKane, CV

Jan 2018


0.5 Critical Studies Lecturer, CSM, UAL
Artist, Writer and Lecturer, with extensive experience.
Specialist in art writing, academic writing, critical studies and art history.

As a writer and member of AICA, I work in a variety of modes, from the academic and journalistic to the experimental and literary. I publish essays, articles, interviews and occasionally stories related to my research. As a tutor I specialise in histories and theories of art and popular culture, and also have extensive studio-teaching experience. As an artist my work explores the history, possibilities and status of the still and moving mechanised image, as well as embracing popular music. I am also one of the three founding editors of eeodo artist’s books publishing company.



2003 – 2009 PhD ‘A Hesitation of Things’
Goldsmiths College, University of London
1999 – 2001 MA (Distinction) Art History/Visual Cultures
Goldsmiths College, University of London
2001 PGCert, Education in Art & Design The London Institute
1996 NCTJ Print Journalism, Lambeth College
1990 – 1993 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Camberwell College of Art & Design
1981 – 1983 BA (Hons) Photography Film & TV London College of Printing Londo


Recent Exhibitions

2017 ‘Altered Realities’, Lethaby Gallery, CSM Kings Cross, London
‘End Papers’ for the group show ‘To Be Converted’ at Bread & Jam, London
‘Mind Your Back/Looking Back’ Installed at BSO Conference, London
‘RIGHT’ (video) and ‘Art & Labour: One Hour’s Worth of Thought’ (video) both for ‘REBOOT’, Sluice Art Fair, Bargehouse London.
2015 ‘Cheolsan’, Wild Pansy Press Project Space, Leeds University
2014 ‘
Hills To Mountains’, Performance, collaboration with Bada Song, Café Oto London
‘Downtime’ (curator/ contributor) Paul O’Kane, Ort Gallery, Birmingham
2012 ‘There Will Be Others’, Angus-Hughes Gallery London
2012 ‘10,000 Steps’, screened Deptford X in collaboration with Bada Song
2011 ‘Carousel’, screened Swedenborg House. Short film festival, London
2011 ‘Souvenirs’, Angus-Hughes Gallery London
2011 ‘Smoke On The Water’, Aubin Gallery, London
2010 ‘For The Sake Of The Image’, Jerwood Space, London
2010 ‘Happy End’, Yinka Shonibare’s Space, London
2010 ‘Carousel’, screened TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Spain
2007 ‘So – Called Life’ (contributor & co-curator), Camberwell Space, London
2006 ‘Draw Draw’, The Foundry, London
2005 ‘When In Rome V’, Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth, UK
2005 ‘When In Rome IV’, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK
2004 ‘Yesvember’, (contributor & co-curator) House Gallery, London
2004 ‘When In Rome III’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
2004 ‘Is God Under The Table?’, Peckham Square Community
Project, London


Recent Publications

2018 Lee Yil – Anthologised Critical Writings (translated by Bada Song and Paul O’Kane, with Shim Chung. Edited by Henry Meyric Hughes for AICA publications & Les presses du réel.
2017 A Journey Through Days 4 and 5 of the 50th AICA Congress, Paris, November 2017 )
2017 On Stage: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image’ by Mathilde Roman, Book Review, Art Monthly, Issue 405, April, 2017 (plus associated Resonance FM Radio discussion)
Technologies of Romance– Part‘ I’ 200-page, illustrated book on art, history and technology – eeodo
Commissioned response to ‘Now It is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits‘ Installation by Bridget Smith at Swedenborg House, London
2016 Post-Perspectival Art & Politics in Post-Brexit Britain ( forTHIRD TEXT
 “I’m Alone, But Not Lonely”, book for eeodo (acting as joint fundraiser, preface writer, joint editor, designer and distributor).
Electronic Superhighway’ A report by Paul O’Kane for MIRAJ (referee journal)
Spolia As Speculation’, for Journal of Visual Practice
Painting Is Believing’ for Journal of Contemporary Painting
‘About ‘About About’ for Central St Martins Fine Art Postgraduate Degree Show catalogue
Concrete Burns’ for Central St Martins Fine Art Undergraduate Degree Show catalogue
‘Only You’ for Garageland journal ‘Self’ issue, December, 2015
(editor) ‘Cash or Smash’ by Bada Song, and contributing essay ‘Philosophising With a Hammer’ eeodo publishing
‘Open Your Door’ for Cobra Res Flash Fiction (ed. Theo Price) Cobra Press
‘Lost’(On Orientation) Art Monthly 391: November 2015, pp. 9-12 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview)
‘A Glorious Vanity’,the paintings of Richard Moon (gallery text)
‘Downtime’ Robert Smithson’s Legacy, Art Monthly 387: June 2015, pp.11-14
‘Islands’ Richard Ducker and Gibson/Martelli, Coleman Project Space, London
2015, ‘The Rule of Exceptions’, Chelsea College of Art, UAL, degree show catalogue essay
‘Curating the Legacy of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’, Third Text, Vol 28, Issue 6, 2014, pp. 1-16
Mountain Tasting: Dunhill & O’Brien’s New Japanese Object’, for ‘In This Point of View’ published by Youkobo Inc.
‘Are We There Yet?’ on Duncan Pickstock, ACME Rita Harris Studio Award catalogue essay
Paul Eachus and The Colour of Chaos’, Agency Gallery, London
2015 ‘
Waiting, Narrative & Modernity: Nooshin Farhid & Lis Rhodes’, for The Showroom / Cinenova
Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age’, by Robert Priseman, Sophie Cummings and Paul O’Kane, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
750WORDSAWEEK: experiments in criticism’ Weekly Blog,
An Unimaginative Response To Some Rather Dull Things, paintings by Sarah Poots’, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland
‘Against Judgement, (art photography & judgement)’, Art Monthly, Dec-Jan, [No. 382], pp. 9- 12
2014 Terrorism & the Left: Towards a Holistic Politics’, GARAGELAND, #17, pp.10-13
Godfried Donkor’, review for Cataloguing Camberwell: 20 Years of the Camberwell arts Festival
Paul O’Kane in Korea: AICA International Congress Report’, AICA UK website (
2014  ‘The Blind’, Uncertain States (Photography Journal) Issue #20, November 2014
Where Is That Light Now?’, Paul O’Kane, eeodo publishing (100 page book on photography and memoir.)
Performing Photographs: Photography, Performance, and Affect, Tate Modern, London, March 19, 20141, Reviewed by Paul O’Kane’, Photography & Culture, Volume 7—Issue, July 2014, pp. 215–218
(editor) ‘Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: a portrait in fragments’, catalogue, Korean Cultural Centre London
New Romantic(ism)?’, Art Monthly, May-June, [No 376] pp. 1 –4 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview and podcast)
2014 Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, London’, ACE, 78, Summer 2014, pp. 10-11
2013 From Tall Story to Infinite Conversation: Warren Garland at West Lane South’, Catalogue Essay, West Lane South gallery, London
2013 Arctic Circles’ (in DEUX ANIMAUX Vol 2. The Romantic Mind), Deux animaux Publications.
2013 The Scene of the Self ‘(in ‘This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age’Ed. J. Boyer, Pub Xlibris, ISBN: 978-1-4836-7006-5, pp.12- 19
2013 All Clear (On Transparency)’, Art Monthly, Dec-Jan, [No 372] pp. 7 – 10
2013 The Secret Carnival’, for ‘Vault’, Camberwell Press
2013 The Politics of Performance-Nicola Ruben Montini’ Galleria Massimi Deluca, Mestre-Venezia
2013 Paul O’Kane Interviews Travess Smalley’, SYMBOL issue 3.
2013 Life and Death (on art and being)’ Art Monthly, April, [No 365] pp. 5 – 8 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview and podcast)
2012 One Or Two Ways To Square One’, (essay ‘There Will Be Others’ show catalogue, Angus-Hughes Gallery London.)
2012 The State of the Arts in the Netherlands: Dutch Diary, Summer 2011’, Third Text, 116 (Vol. 26, issue 03), May 2012 pp. 345 – 358
2012 The Beauty of Failure’, booklet essay to accompany Triumph of the Will, curated by Fieldgate Gallery at Camberwell Space, London, October
2012 The Act of Making & The Making of the Act’, Art Monthly, October, [No 360] pp.1 – 4 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview)
2012 Across The Bridge’, ASPIDISTRA, Issue X, Spring 2012
pages 15 – 16
2012 ‘Do you Believe in Things?’, Art Monthly, May, [No 356] pp.1 – 4 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview)
2012 Out of this World’, Art Monthly, February, [No 353] pp. 9 – 12 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview)
2012 Korea – Seoul Searching’, Art Monthly, February 2012, [No 353] p.33
2012 Only a Game? Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy’, Wasafiri, issue 69 Spring, pp.53 – 61
2011 Phil Collins, Marxism Today’, Third Text, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp. 644-648
The Incident at Modane – What Have We Learned?’ Third Text, 25, issue 3, pp. 644-648
2011 Polishing The Ruins’ (A presentation for the exhibition ‘On The Great Divide’at Lo & Behold Gallery, London, Spring), published in ‘Deux Animaux’No. 1- Memory and Ruin
2011 Junk: Art & The Politics of Trash’, Art Monthly, July – August, 2011 [No 348] p.39 (complemented by Resonance FM Art Monthly radio interview)
2011 Four Characters With Implied Narrative’, ASPIDISTRA issue 2,pages 21 – 24
2011 John Gerrard Oil Stick Work: Art on the Underground’, Third Text, 25, Issue 2, pp. 237 – 241
2010 Suki Chan, Sleep Walk Sleep Talk’, Third Text 107, volume 24, issue 6, November, pages 763 – 767
2010 The Time Before That, Paul O’Kane,’ Photo Essay, hand-bound edition, Eeyodo Publishing for Jerwood Space
2010 A Perfect Picture Of What To Do Next’, ASPIDISTRA issue 1, page 41 – 44
2010 In And Out Of The City’, Shadows Have Shadows, The Society For Heresiarchs Of Autonomous Art, issue 2, page 3
2009 Renzo Martens Episode III’, Third Text 101, volume 23, issue 6, November, page 813 – 816


Talks & Events

2017 ‘The Other Side of the Word: Translation as Migration in the Anthologised Writings of Lee Yil’  – Paper given at AICA’s 50th ANnual Congress in Paris
Bad Meaning Good on 1980s Hip-Hop as Dissensus – a paper given for the ‘Disobedience and Complex Systems’ symposium, at Iklectik, London
2017 On Sarah Roberts and Mark Jackson at Block336, Gallery, Brixton, London
Paper on ‘Kumiko TheTreasure Hunter (also host and moderator) ‘Technologies of Romance’. symposium, Whitechapel Gallery, London
“I’m Alone, But Not Lonely” – event organiser, fundraiser and Chair for discussion re book launch, Daiwa Foundation, London
“I’m Alone, But Not Lonely” – event organiser, fundraiser and Chair for discussion re book launch, Waterstones, London
Mathilde Roman in conversation with Paul O’Kane re her book: ’On Stage’: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image.’ Held at CSM, enabled by the 4D Pathway and the Duration and Event Research Group’
2016 Moderator / talk for ‘Making the Nature Seen’ group painting show at The Tannery, London
 Judge and selector for ‘Brixton East, Open 2016’ for ‘Bad Behaviour’
Judge for Contemporary British Painting prize
‘Lost’ for Chelsea College of Arts
2015 Organisations & Orientations: A Lecture For TRANSMISSIONS’ Sheffield Hallam University
2015 ‘On Making and Unmaking Art’ at Goldsmiths College for Bethlem Salon #5 on Making and Unmaking.
2015 ‘From Borges to Ishiguro By Way Of Big Data’ for A Plague Of Diagrams, ICA, London
‘Spolia as Speculation’, for ‘Headstone to Hard Drive’symposium, British School at Rome
‘WOW?: Towards Immanence as Post Representation (in Art and Politics) by Way of Modern Technologies’ Paper given at: ‘21st century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique’ conference, CSM, UAL
On Jennet Thomas’s ‘The Unspeakable Freedom Device’ at Outpost, Norwich, for Modern Culture.
Panelist, NoFilter, V&A Museum, London (for Uncertain States)
Hills To Mountains, Performance, collaboration with Bada Song, Café Oto London
2014 Q&A Book Launch for Where Is That Light Now? Matts Gallery, London
Moderator for Critical Writings in the Era of Social Networking, and respondent to keynote Lev Manovich, Day 2, AICA International Congress, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Panel Discussion: Towards A New Socio-Painting, Transition Gallery, London
To Have Done With The Act Of The Judgement Of Photography, CSM MA Symposium, Swedenborg Institute, London
2014 Paul O’Kane, Artists Talk, Chelsea College of Arts, London
2014 Where Is that Light Now?, X Marks The Bokship, London
2013 Technologies of Romance, Five Years, London
2013 The Modern Language Experiment’s Keh Ng explores the materiality of urban environments. With Celine Lunsford of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Paul O’Kane, Mark Jackson of IMT Gallery and Ami Clarke of Banner Repeater, Resonance FM Clear Spot.
2013 On Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Paul O’Kane in conversation with Bea De Sousa, ICA London
2013 Downtime, Launch Event talk, Ort Gallery Birmingham
2013 On Things, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. U.K
2012 Nooshin Farhid, The Agency Gallery, London
2012 On Ekphrasis, Poet In The City, Camberwell College, London
2009 Bricks, Area 10 Project Space, London
2009 Oliver Laric & Wojciech Kosma, Borstal Gallery, London


Teaching Experience

2016 – to the present:  Lecturer 0.5 Critical Studies, Fine Art, Central St Martins College, UAL
1999 – 2016 Associate Lecturer, CSM, Associate and Visiting Lecturer for Foundation, BA and MA Courses with specialism in Art Writing, Academic Writing, Critical Studies and Art History
2004 to the present Lecturer 0.02 SOAS IFCELS Art History Summer School

A selection of courses I have designed, delivered and assessed includes:
Art & Technologies for BA Fine Art, Art and Romanticism for BA Fine Art, Key Ideas Lectures for First Year BA Fine Art, Sculpture studio and contextual studies for BA Fine Art, Photography MA research Paper supervision and Photography BA Lecture series, Painting BA Lecture Series, European Art History for visitors to London, Performance and Event-based practices for BA Fine Art, Art & Politics for BA Fine Art, Art & Writing for BA Fine Art, Dissertation Supervision for BA Fine Art.

2013 White Square Teaching Award (UAL)

Central St Martins College of Art, UAL, BAFA, MA Photography & MAFA
Chelsea College of Art London, Fine Art BAFA
Camberwell College of Arts, London, Fine Art BAFA
London College of Communications, UAL, BAFA Photography
Leeds University, BA Fine Art
Middlesex University, London, Fine Art BAFA
Goldsmiths College, Department of History, London
Goldsmiths College Department of Art & Politics, London
Goldsmiths College, Department of Fine Art, London
Royal College of Art, London, MAFA
School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Art History Summer School
UCCA, Canterbury, Kent, Fine Art BAFA
SEEVIC College, Benfleet, Essex, Art Foundation
UCA, Farnham, Surrey, BA Photography


Alex Schady, Programme Director Fine Art and Course Leader BA Fine Art, CSM, Kings X, UAL, Granary Building, 1, Granary Square, Kings X, London, N1C 4AA

Professor Michael Newman, Professor of Art Writing, Department of Art, Goldsmiths College, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Professor Howard Caygill, Professor Of Modern European Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE

Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, AICA International – General Secretary, and AICA UK –President




Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, AICA International – General Secretary, and AICA UK –President, 1 Thornhill Road, London NI IHX

Alex Schady, Programme Director Fine Art and Course Leader BA Fine Art, CSM, Kings X, UAL, Granary Building, 1, Granary Square, Kings X, London, N1C 4AA

Professor Howard Caygill, Professor Of Modern European Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE