Centre for the Study of the Networked Image
CSNI (Centre for the Study of the Networked Image) is a research centre based in the School of Art and Creative Industries at London South Bank University. It brings together researchers from cultural studies, contemporary art and media practice, software studies and computer science, who seek knowledge and understanding of how network culture transforms the production and circulation of images. We recognise that what constitutes an image has been radically transformed, and with it the theories that allow us to study it. Our aim is to broaden the discussion of the networked image to address planetary scale computation and wider ecologies including the non-human.
CSNI aims to be transdisciplinary in its approach to real world problems. It encourages experimental and collaborative approaches to open up new ways of thinking about individual and organisational cultural practices. CSNI is interested in fostering research which can be made accessible and has a wide public reach, and to this end has pioneered collaborative and embedded research with cultural partners.
If you are interested in collaborating with CSNI, please contact us on our email.
More details on our activities can be found on our dedicated website, https://www.centreforthestudyof.net/.
CSNI research team
We are an international group of researchers, joined by an extensive list of visiting researchers from our partners institutions. We welcome applications to spend some research time at CSNI, as well as applications for PhDs in relevant areas of research.
Dr Annet Dekker
co-Director of CSNI, Visiting Professor, LSBU & Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
Co-Director of CSNI, Visiting Research Fellow, LSBU & Head of Photography and Media Arts, ANU
Associate LSBU researchers
- Daniel Alexander
- Alex Anikina
- Adam Brown
- Tim Fransen
- Joshua Magor
- Elena Marchevska
- Paula Roush
- Simon Terrill
- Ioanna Zouli
- Nicola Baird
- Jeannette Ginslov
- Rosie Hermon
- Victoria Ivanova
- Theresa Kneppers
- Nicolas Malevé
- Marco De Mutiis
- Lozana Rossenova
- Marloes de Valk
- Qian Xiao
For a more extensive list of researchers associated with CSNI, past and present, visit our people webpage.
CSNI is currently involved in the following funded projects
Documenting Digital Art: Re-thinking Histories and Practices of Documentation in the Museum and Beyond (2019-22) is a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and led by Professor Gabriella Giannachi, University of Exeter. Read more.
Art and the Internet: The Network as a Research Area and Theme in New Visual Artistic Practices is a project funded by Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Government of Spain), led by Juan Martín Prada, Universidad de Cádiz. Read more.
Curating Photography in the Networked Image Economy (2018-2020) is a project funded by Swiss National Science Foundation, led by Dr Wolfgang Brückle, Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences. Read more.
The Contemporary Condition: The Representation and Experience of Contemporaneity in and through Contemporary Arts Practice (2016->) is a project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research at Aarhus University, and led by Jacob Lund and Geoff Cox. Read more.
Previous projects include
Cultural Value and the Digital: Practice, Policy and Theory (2014) was an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project with Royal College of Art and Tate Modern. Read more.
Tate Encounters: Britishness and Visual Cultures (2007-10) was an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project with Wimbledon College of Arts and Tate Britain. Read more.
More details on these projects, including previous ones and future ideas, can be found at our project webpage.
CSNI works closely with other research centres (e.g. Aarhus University, University of Amsterdam, University of Cadiz, Exeter University, Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Royal College of Art, University of Zurich), and we welcome further collaborations.
Our work is distinctive for its close collaboration with the cultural sector (e.g. The Photographers’ Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Gasworks, Ben Uri Gallery, Rhizome, Serpentine Galleries, transmediale, Whitechapel Gallery), and our collaborative PhD research. Examples include:
The Photographers’ Gallery
CSNI and The Photographers’ Gallery have been in a research partnership since 2013, with the creation of the Media Wall, the founding of the Digital Programme and the appointment of Katrina Sluis as the first Curator of Digital Programmes. Currently the partnership centres on collaborative PhDs on computer vision and climate damage. Collaborative PhD Researchers: Nicolas Malevé and Marloes de Valk.
Rhizome’s institutional position creates unique and ideal conditions to conduct new R&D in digital preservation, using its own collection, and to broadly disseminate the project results. At the international, national and regional level, Rhizome has set standards for other art museums to follow. Collaborative PhD Researcher: Lozana Rossenova.
CSNI has partnered with the Serpentine Galleries to undertake research on building new collaborative networks between the arts and technology in the context of the stark differences between the cultures of the art sector and technology sector. Collaborative PhD Researcher: Victoria Ivanova.
Royal College of Art
The partnership between Curating Contemporary Art at the RCA and CSNI builds on substantial collaborative research between Professors Andrew Dewdney and Victoria Walsh including Tate Encounters: Britishness and Visual Cultures (AHRC, 2007-10) and Cultural Value and the Digital (AHRC 2014, CCA, with CSNI and Tate). In addition, they have secured three collaborative doctoral awards: two AHRC CDAs with Tate (Ioanna Zouli; Victoria Young) and one award with Gasworks (Rosie Hermon).
The social agency of residencies in transnational art practices is a collaborative project with the contemporary art organisation Gasworks, in partnership with the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the RCA and CSNI. Collaborative PhD Researcher: Rosie Hermon.
CSNI researchers publish books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and talks, and act as series editors for The Contemporary Condition books (Sternberg Press), DATA browser books (Open Humanities Press), the open access online journal APRJA (Aarhus University and transmediale festival for art and digital culture), and have published various texts for the Unthinking Photography platform of The Photographers’ Gallery. More information about our research outputs can be found here.
Malevé, Nicolas. 2020. "On the data set’s ruins." AI & Society (Special issue: Ways of Machine Seeing), Springer.
Dewdney, Andrew. 2019. "The Distributed Museum: The flight of cultural authority and the multiple times and spaces of the art museum." In: International Handbook in New Digital Practices in Galleries, edited by Lewi, H, Smith, W, Cooke, S and von Lehn, D. Libraries Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites, New York: Routledge.
Barok, Dušan, Julie Boschat Thorez, Annet Dekker, David Gauthier & ClaudiaRoeck. 2019. "Archiving complex digital artworks." Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 42:2, 94-113.
Dekker, Annet, and Gaia Tedone. 2019. Practice & Challenges of Networked Co-Curation. Arts (Special issue: Art Curation: Challenges in the Digital Age) 8(3), 86.
Cox, Geoff, Ryan Nolan, Andrew Prior. 2019. "The Crackle of Contemporaneity." In Futures of the Contemporary: Contemporaneity, Untimeliness, and Artistic Research, edited by Paulo de Assis and Michael Schwab. Leuven: Orpheus Institute Series – Leuven University Press, pp. 97-114.
Dekker, Annet. 2018. Collecting and Conserving Net Art: Moving Beyond Conventional Methods, London: Routledge.
Cox, Geoff, and Morten Riis. 2018. "(Micro) Politics of Algorithmic Music: Towards a Tactical Media Archaeology." In The Oxford Handbook on Algorithmic Music, edited by Alex McLean and Roger Dean, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dewdney, Andrew. 2017. "Art Museum Knowledge and the Crisis of Representation." In: Representing Art Education: On the Representation of Pedagogical work in the Art Field, edited by Carmen Mörsch, Sigrid Schade & Sophie Vögele. Bécs: Zaglossus Verlag.
Walsh, Victoria, and Andrew Dewdney. 2017. "Temporal Conflicts and the Purification of Hybrids: Tate, a case in point." Stedelijk Studies (Curating the Collection), 5 (5).
Cox, Geoff. 2017. "Runtime Exception()." In Executing Practices, edited by Helen Pritchard, Eric Snodgrass & Magda Tyźlik-Carver. Data Browser 06, London: Open Humanities Press.
Cox, Geoff and Jacob Lund. 2016. The Contemporary Condition: Introductory Thoughts on Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 48pp.
Dekker, Annet. 2016. "Enabling a Future, or how to survive FOREVER." In: A Companion to Digital Art, edited by Christiane Paul. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Dekker, Annet. 2016. "Tracing authenticity in the computational age." In: Authenticity in Transition, edited by Erma Hermens and Frances Robertson. London: Archetype Publications.
Sluis, Katrina. 2016. "Desperately Seeking Audience: Analytics in the 21st Century Museum." In: Rhizome: 20 Years of the Born Digital Art Institution, edited by Z. Kaplan and O. Gat. New York: Sternberg Press.
Sluis, Katrina. 2016. "Beyond Representation? The database-driven image and the non-human spectator." In: The Blackwell Companion to Photography, edited by S. Bull. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Sluis, Katrina. 2016. "From Object to Process in the Image Database." In: Lost and Living (in) Archives, edited by Annet Dekker. Amsterdam: Valiz.
Cox, Geoff. 2015. "Postscript on the post-digital and the problem of temporality." In: Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design, edited by David M. Berry & Michael Dieter. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Cox, Geoff, and Alex McLean. 2014. "Not Just for Fun." In: Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Pain and Paradox in Computing, edited by Olga Goriunova. London: Bloomsbury.
Soon, Winnie, and Geoff Cox. 2020. Aesthetic Programming: A Handbook of Software Studies. London: Open Humanities Press. Read more.
Dewdney, Andrew. 2021. Forget Photography: The Image in Network Culture. London: Goldsmiths Press. Read more.
Dekker, Annet. 2021. Curating Digital Art. From Presenting and Collecting Digital Art to Networked Co-Curating. Amsterdam: Valiz.
Dekker, Annet, and Gabriella Giannachi, eds. 2021. Documentation as Art: Expanded Digital Practices. Routledge.
Azar, Mitra, Geoff Cox, and Leonardo Impett, eds. 2021. Special issue: Ways of Machine Seeing. AI & Society, Springer 2021.
Andrew works within the Centre for Media and Culture Research and his current research is focusing on the impact of online networked cultures upon analogue archives and their representations in museums and galleries.