Ina Blom

Professor - History of Art
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Visiting address 0315 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Research and writing

My fields of research are modernism/avant-garde studies and contemporary art with a particular focus on media aesthetics and the relationship between art, technology, media and politics. I have taken part in the NFR-supported projects Aesthetics at Work (2003-2007) and Media Aesthetics (2004-2008) and have directed the NFR supported research project The Archive in Motion (2011-2014) in collaboration with media- and film scholars. I have been a member of the international editorial board of Art History. Journal of the Association of Art Historians (Wiley) (2012-2016) and am currently member of the editorial board of MAST. The Journal of Media Art, Study and Theory (NeMLA) and Journal of Art History (Routledge), as well as a contributor to Artforum, Afterall, Parkett, and Texte zur Kunst. I have previously worked as a music critic and also done a number of curatorial projects. Since 2015, I also work as visiting professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago.


    Tags: Art History, Media Aesthetics, Media Archaeology, 20th Century, Avant-garde studies, Modernism, Aesthetics, Art, Technologies and Media, Memory Studies

    Selected publications


    • The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology. New York: Sternberg Press, 2016
    • Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social (eds. Ina Blom, Trond Lundemo, Eivind Røssaak), Amsterdam University Press (2017)
    • Raoul Hausmann et Les Avant-Gardes (eds. Ina Blom, Timothy Benson, Hanne Bergius). Paris: Les Presses du réel, 2014
    • On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture. New York: Sternberg Press, 2007  (2nd edition 2009)
    • The Name of the Game. Ray Johnson's Postal Performance, Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, Stedelijk Museum Sittard, 2003
    • Joseph Beuys, Oslo: Gyldendal, 2001
    • The Cut Through Time. A Version of the Dada/Neo-Dada Repetition, Acta Humaniora, 1999


    • Houses to Die In and Other Essays on Art, Sternberg Press /MIT Press, 2022
    • Straight Lines and Infrastructural Sensibilities (working title), University of Chicago Press, 2025

    Articles / book chapters (selection)

    • Synthesizing Sensation: On Florian Hecker's Listening Sounds. In Warren Neidich (ed.) An Activist Neuroaesthetics Reader. Berlin: Archive Books, 2022
    • Informasjon, maskiner og estetikk. I Medieæstetik. En Introduksjon. København: Samfundslitteratur, 2020, 26-40
    • And Follow It. Straight Lines and Infrastructural Sensibilities, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 45. No. 4, Summer 2019
    • Technicity and Thought-of-Life, in Karsten Lund (ed.) Unthought Environments, The Renaissance Society / University of Chicago, 2019, 185-195
    • On Snow Dancing (Parreno's Design Weather), In Mark Wigley & Beatriz Colomina (ed.),  Superhumanity: Design of the Self.  University of Minnesota Press, 2018 ISBN 978-1517905217.
    • Video Public, Videosociality, in Ann Lui and Gediminas Urbonas (eds.) Public Space. Lost and Found. MIT Press, 2017
    • Perfect Storms. On Ed Atkins and the Science of Weather Simulation. Artforum International 2017 ;Volum 56.(2), 204-212
    • Boredom and Oblivion, in Tom McDonough (ed.) Boredom. (Documents of Contemporary Art). MIT Press, 2016
    • On Snow Dancing and Ubiquitous Design. E-flux Journal, Fall 2016
    • Passive Viewing (Thinking Television). I: Tele-Gen: Art and Television. München: Hirmer Verlag 2015, 71-86
    • Dream Work. Artforum International Vol. 54.(1)  September 2015, 338-349 (cover story)
    • "Video and Autobiography vs. The Autobiography of Video", in Pasquinelli and Neidich (eds) The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism, Berlin: Archive Books, 2014
    • The Autobiography of Video. Towards a Revisionist History of Video Art, In Critical Inquiry, Winter 2013
    • Mediating Sociality. A Contested Question of Contemporary Art, in Thinking Media Aesthetics (ed. Hausken), Peter Lang, 2013
    • Inhabiting the Technosphere. Art and Technology beyond Technical Invention. In Contemporary Art. Themes and Histories, 1989 to the Present (eds. A. Dumbadze and S. Hudson), New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
    • The Logic of the Trailer. Abstraction, Style and Sociality in Contemporary Art. In Lind (ed.) Abstraction. (Documents of Contemporary Art). MIT Press, 2013
    • Moving Images and the New Collectivity, in Between Stillness and Motion. Film, Photography, Algorithms, Amsterdam University Press, 2011
    • Media Animism. In Art and Subjecthood. The Return of the Human Figure in Semiocapitalism (eds. Birnbaum, Graw, Hirsch), New York: Sternberg Press, 2011
    • Videosociality. Rethinking Social Memory in 1970's Video Art. In The Cornerstones Lecture Series, New York: Sternberg Press, 2011
    • Muntadas's Mediascapes. I: Muntadas: Entre/Between. ACTAR 2011
    • Silencing Rock, Rethinking the Secretive Sociality of Works of Art. I: Secret Societies/Geheimgesellschaften. Frankfurt: Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt/Snoeck Verlag 2011
    • Spectacle versus Cinematographic Subject, in Cognitive Architecture. From Biopolitics to Noopolitics. (ed. D. Hauptmann), Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2010
    • Stil als Ort. Eine Neudefinition der Frage nach Kunst und Sozialität. In Kunsthandeln (ed. von Hantelmann et. al.) Zürich: Diaphanes Verlag, 2010
    • Radical Software and the Noosphere, in Are You Ready for TV (ed. C. Martinez). Barcelona: MACBA Publications, 2010
    • What Subject of Taste. In Texte zur Kunst #75,  2009
    • Two Chairs in the Museum. In The Quick and the Dead (ed. P. Eleey). Minneapolis: Walker Art Center Publications, 2009
    • Nach dem Objektfieber wird sich die Kunstkritik der Politik der Dinge zuwenden. In Texte zur Kunst # 74, 2009 
    • Liam Gillick's Sociality. In The Anyspace Whatever. New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2008
    • All Dressed Up. (On Rachel Harrison). Parkett #82, 2008
    • The Logic of the Trailer. Abstraction, Style and Sociality in Contemporary Art, in Texte zur Kunst #69, 2008
    • Working Class Abstractions, in Afterall. Art, Context, Enquiry #17, 2008.
    • How to (Not) Answer A Letter: Ray Johnson's Postal Performance, in PAJ - Journal of Performance and Art  #29 (2), MIT Press
    • Visual/Televisual. Ein einführender Kommentar zu einer anderen Geschichte der Videokunst. In The Expanded Eye. Sehen - entgrenzt und verflüssigt (ed. B. Curiger). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006
    • Ben Vautier's Signature Acts and the Historiography of the Avant-garde. In Visible Language Journal #39 (3), 2005
    • "Until the Principles of Form are Applied to Democracy ..." Avant-garde Art and Populist Imagination, in The Populism Reader (ed. Ricupero et. al), New York: Sternberg Press, 2005
    • Too Close to the Real, in Surroundings Surrounded. Essays on Space and Science (ed P. Weibel), MIT Press, 2002
    • The Touch Through Time: Raoul Hausmann, Nam June Paik and the Transmission Technologies of the Avant-garde. In Leonardo Journal of Art, Science and Technology, #3, 2001, MIT Press
    • Boredom, Oblivion and The Event, in A Fluxus Reader (ed. K. Friedman) London: Adademy Editions, 1998

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