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Dr Andrew Warstat

Senior Lecturer
Art Theory and Practice, Contextualising Practice

Dr Andrew Warstat

Dr Andrew Warstat is a senior lecturer in art history and media philosophy at Manchester School of Art. He is a writer and artist. Exhibitions include After the Disaster (Outpost, 2008) and The Object of Photography (The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 2009). Recent publications include essays on J.G. Ballard (‘Speeding to the Doldrums: Stalled Futures and the Disappearance of Tomorrow in “The Dead Astronaut”’, Brill and Rodopi 2016), John Stezaker (parallax, 2010), the role of ignorance and “self-reading” in contemporary art (On Not Knowing: How Artists Think, Blackdog Publishing, 2013) and on the filmmaker Lewis Klahr (‘Adorno, Lewis Klahr and the Shuddering Image’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)).


Andrew Warstat is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.


Warstat, A., Mock, J., 2022. S'attarder et regarder, ensemble et séparément - la photographie de Gavin Parry (Lingering and looking, together and apart – the photography of Gavin Parry, Maison Louis-Jardin du Mesnil-sur-Oger, Médiathèques Simone-Veil et Daniel-Rondeau d'Epernay, 17/9/2022 - 2/10/2022.

Warstat, A., 2010. Cardboard Folly, Exhibited at the Bluecoat, Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennial, Manchester Artists’ Book Fair at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the BABE artists’ book event during April 2011 at the Arnolfini, Bristol, 2010-2011.

Mawson, J., Hondartza, F., 2009. The Object of Photography, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, 7/4/2009.

Warstat, A., 2008. After the Disaster, Outpost, Norwich, 2 - 21 March 2008.

Warstat, A., 2008. Kunstwerk Bazaar, Outpost, Norwich, 2 - 21 December 2008.

Warstat, A., 2008. What Happens Next?, PM Gallery, London, 08 Feb - 15 Mar 2008.

Warstat, A., 2007. ‘Gavin Turk selects…’, Outpost, Norwich, 2-21 December 2007.

Warstat, A., 2006. Insomnia: An exhibition and performance programme for Refugee Week 2005, Bargehouse, South Bank, London, 19–26 June 2005.

Warstat, A., 2000. ThickSpace, Cubitt Gallery, London, February 2000.

Warstat, A., 1997. Orpheus Looking Back, South Hill Park, Bracknell, 12 Oct.-8 Nov. 1997.


Warstat, A., 2009. 'The Object of Photography', The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.

Warstat, A., 2008. 'After the Disaster', Elsewise.

Book Chapters

Warstat, A., 2018. 'Adorno, Lewis Klahr and the Shuddering Image'. In Murray, J., Ehrlich, N. (eds.) Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema, Edinburgh University Press.

Warstat, A.F.H., 2016. 'Speeding to the Doldrums: Stalled Futures and the Disappearance of Tomorrow in “The Dead Astronaut”'. In Brown, R., Stainforth, E. (eds.) J.G. Ballard : Landscapes of Tomorrow, Brill/Rodopi.

Warstat, A., 2013. 'Unteachable and unlearnable: the ignorance of artists'. In Fisher, E., Fortmun, R. (eds.) On Not Knowing: how artists think, 42-53, Black Dog Publishing Limited.

Warstat, A., 2009. 'The Ethics of Surprise'. In Leonor da Silva, Sue Wilks (eds.) Showing Expectations, 134-140, Elsewhere.

Warstat, A., 2003. 'Entries on various 20th C. British sculptors'. In Alan Windsor (eds.) British Sculptors of the Twentieth Century, Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot.

Journal Articles

Warstat, A., 2011. 'After the Disaster', New Trespass Magazine, Vol. on Justice, issue 11, 34-39.

Stezaker, J., Warstat, A., 2010. 'An interview with John Stezaker', Parallax, 16(2), pp. 68-78.

Warstat, A., 2010. 'Image Damage', Parallax, 16 (2), pp. 1-5.

Warstat, A., 2007. 'John Stezaker and the Afterlife of Images', Mortality.

Conference Papers

Warstat, A., 2023. 'Seeing Nothing – Empathy and Invisibility (Or “Blackness is the site where absolute nothingness and the world of things converge', 16/11/2023 - 15/12/2023.

Warstat, A., 2022. 'Exhausting metaphor – Andrea Fisher and the infinitely deferred image', Times of Metaphor : A Symposium on the Temporal, Metaphorical, and the Still and Moving Image, Royal College of Art, 8/7/2022.

Warstat, A., 2019. 'Forgetful photography: John Stezaker and the politics of escape', Counter-image, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH) Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, 6/5/2019 - 9/5/2019.

Warstat, A.F.H., 2017. 'The Inhumanity of the Photographic Image: Post-Humanist Photography and the Robotic Picture', Eighth International Conference on the Image, Venice International University, 31/10/2017 - 1/11/2017.

Warstat, A.F.H., 2011. 'Lewis Klahr and the Shuddering Image', Animated Realities, Edinburgh College of Art and The Edinburgh International Film Festival, 23/6/2011 - 24/6/2011.


Warstat, A., 2011. 'The Virtual Community of the Image', Virtually Real: The Location of Contemporary Art, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, September 2011.

Warstat, A., 2010. 'Art, Philosophy and Revolution in Mid-20th-Century European Art - Violence, Aesthetics and Ugly Revolution', Association of Art Historians Annual Conference - AAH10, University of Glasgow, 15 – 17 April 2010.

Warstat, A., 2010. 'Violence, Aesthetics and Ugly Revolutions', Historical Materialism 7th Annual Conference: Crisis and Critique, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 11-14 November 2010.

Warstat, A., 2008. 'After the Disaster', Invited speaker's programme, Norwich School of Art and Design, March, 2008.

Warstat, A., 2008. 'The Burrow: Kafka’s Art School', Drawing on Thinking - convened by Deanna Petherbridge, University of Lincoln, September 2008.

Warstat, A., 2008. 'The Teaching Studio: Teaching the Unteachable and Learning the Unlearnable', Association of Art Historians Annual Conference - Location: the Museum, the Academy and the Studio, Tate Britain, 2nd - 4th April 2008.

Warstat, A., 2007. 'Allegory and the Image', Thinking Practice, University College Falmouth, January 2007.

Warstat, A., 2007. 'John Stezaker and the Afterlife of Images', The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal - 8th International Conference, University of Bath, 12-15 September, 2007, in Mortality, 122.

Warstat, A., 2007. 'Kafka’s Monkey: Reporting to the Academy, it’s just a trick of the eye…', Chances and Challenges: Practice Led Research Symposium, University of Leeds, November 2007.

Warstat, A., 2007. 'Showing: Expectations - Visual Politics and Communities', Showing: Expectations, East Street Arts, Leeds, October, 2007.

Warstat, A., 2006. 'The Image of Research, an allegory', Models and Modes of Creative Practice: Art, Writing and Research, Lancaster University, March 2006.

Warstat, A., 2005. 'Blanchot, Levinas and Stezaker on the image', Researching Practice, York St. John University, York, February 2005.

Warstat, A., 2002. 'Maurice Blanchot, Heinrich Boll and the Silent Artist', The Artist’s Voice, Tate Modern, March 2002.