Dr Geoff Cox

Dr Geoff Cox

Associate Professor (Reader) in Fine Art

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Programme Leader Fine Art



Professional membership

Society for Artistic Research

Roles on external bodies

Co-editor (with Jacob Lund), The Contemporary Condition book series, published by Sternberg Press in partnership with ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. http://contemporaneity.au.dk/book-series/

Co-editor (with Christian Ulrik Andersen), APRJA, a peer-reviewed journal about […], open access online journal, Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale. http://www.aprja.net/

Co-editor (with Joasia Krysa & Anya Lewin), DATA browser book series, New York: Autonomedia, New York. http://data-browser.net/

Trustee, Kahve-Society, registered educational charity, London. http://www.kahve-society.org/

Teaching interests

Artistic Research; Contemporary Art and Curating; Cultural theory; Digital Culture; Software Studies.

Staff serving as external examiners

PhD examinations: 7 external (Goldsmiths, Helsinki, Kingston, Middlesex, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, University of the Arts London); 1 MPhil (Goldsmiths).

Research interests

Software Studies; Digital Culture; Contemporary Art and Curating; Artistic Research.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

6 PhD completions (Aarhus, Plymouth, Westminster), 3 as DoS; 1 MPhil (Plymouth).

Grants & contracts

2015-18. FKK Danish Research Council, The Contemporary Condition, at Aarhus University, co-principal investigator (with Jacob Lund), 6.2 million DKK

2011-14. Aarhus University Ideas Grant, Disruptive Innovation in Art, Activism and Business, co-investigator, 500,000 DKK

Creative practice & artistic projects

// Selected exhibitions - curated (from 2009)

11/2014. Part of curatorial team for Human Futures, Media Architecture Biennial, Aarhus, Denmark.

09-12/2014. Part of curatorial collective for Aarhus Rapport: Avantgarde as Network (or, the politics of the ultralocal), with Joasia Krysa, Lars Bang Larsen et al, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark.

2007-2013. Curated online projects for Arnolfini, Bristol.

02/2012. Antisocial Notworking, for The Social Contract, Artefact Festival, STUK kunstcentrum, Leuven, Belgium.

12/2009-02/2010. Craftivism, co-curated exhibition with Zoe Shearman & Anne Coxon, Arnolfini, Bristol.

11/2008-01/2009. Supertoys, co-curated exhibition with Nav Haq and Tom Trevor, Arnolfini, Bristol.

// Selected exhibitions

09-12/2014. World in Motion: Films from the Collection of Museum of Ordure, as part of Aarhus Rapport: The Avantgarde as Network (or, the Politics of the Ultralocal), Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark.

06-09/2012. Notes towards the complete works of Shakepeare by Sulawesi Crested Macaques from Paignton Zoo, as part of The Worldly House an archive compiled by Tue Greenfort for dOCUMENTA (13) in recognition of the work and ideas of Donna Haraway.

09-11/2011. Museum of Ordure (#ordure in collaboration with Les Liens Invisibles), as part of Museum Show, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.

// Public collections

Documenta Archiv; Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris.

Research groups

  • Arts Research Collective

Selected publications. 

// Authored/co-authored books (since 2009)

Geoff Cox & Jacob Lund. The Contemporary Condition: Introductory Thoughts on Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016. 48pp.

Geoff Cox. Real-time for Pirate Cinema. (English and Slovenian). Ljubljana: Aksioma / Brescia: Link Editions. 2015. 14pp.

Museum of Ordure. 01.01.CM - Collection of Museum of Ordure. Aarhus: Antipyrine, 2014. 272pp.

Geoff Cox (Code by Alex McLean, Foreword by Franco Berardi Bifo). Speaking Code: Coding as Political and Aesthetic Expression. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2013. 168pp.

Geoff Cox. Antithesis: The Dialectics of Software Art. Aarhus: DARC/Aarhus University, 2010. pp. 232.

// Edited books/journals (since 2009)

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds. A Peer-Reviewed Journal about Machine Research APRJA online journal, 6:1. Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2017. http://www.aprja.net/machine-research/

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds. A Peer-Reviewed Journal about Excessive Research APRJA online journal, 5:1. Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2016. http://www.aprja.net/excessive-research/

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds. A Peer-Reviewed Journal about Datafied Research (ed. with Christian Ulrik Andersen) APRJA online journal, 4:1. Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2015. http://www.aprja.net/datafied-research/

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, Georgios Papadopoulos, eds. A Peer-Reviewed Journal about Post-digital Research, APRJA online journal, 3:1.Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2014. http://www.aprja.net/post-digital-research/

Geoff Cox & Tatiana Bazzichelli, eds. Disrupting Business: art and activism in times of financial crisis. New York: Autonomedia, 2013. 234pp.

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds. A Peer-reviewed Journal about #BWPWAP, APRJA online journal, 2:2, Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2013. http://www.aprja.net/publication-3/

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds. A Peer-reviewed Journal about In/compatible Research, APRJA online journal, 2:1, Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2012. http://www.aprja.net/publication-2/

Geoff Cox & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds. A Peer-reviewed Journal about Public Interfaces, APRJA online journal, 1:1, Aarhus/Berlin: Aarhus University/transmediale, 2011. http://www.aprja.net/publication-1/

Geoff Cox, Nav Haq & Tom Trevor, eds. Concept Store #3: Art, Activism and Recuperation. Bristol: Arnolfini, 2010. 112pp.

Geoff Cox, Nav Haq & Tom Trevor, eds. Concept Store #2: Possible, Probable and Preferable Futures. Bristol: Arnolfini, 2009. 112pp.

Geoff Cox & Wolfgang Sützl, eds. Creating Insecurity: Art and Culture in the Age of Security. New York: Autonomedia, 2009. 208pp.

// Chapters in books/journals/proceedings (since 2008)

Geoff Cox. "RuntimeException()." In Helen Pritchard, Eric Snodgrass, Magda Tyzlik-Carver, eds. Executing Practices. New York: Autonomedia, 2017. http://data-browser.net/06/

Geoff Cox. "Ways of Machine Seeing." Commissioned essay for Unthinking Photography, The Photographers Gallery, London, 2016. Internet publication. https://www.unthinking.photography/themes/machine-vision/ways-of-machine-seeing

Geoff Cox, Alan Blackwell, San Wong Lee. “Writing the Live Coding Book.” Proceedings of Second International Conference on Live Coding, ed. / David Ogborn. Hamilton: McMaster University, Canada, 2016. http://iclc.livecodenetwork.org/2016/papers.html

Geoff Cox, Nicolas Malevé & Michael Murtaugh. “Archiving the Data Body.” In Joasia Krysa & Jussi Parikka, eds. Writing and UnWriting Media (Art) History. Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press, 2015. pp.125-142.

Geoff Cox.“What Does Live Coding Know?” Proceedings of First International Conference on Live Coding, ICSRiM, University of Leeds, 2015. http://iclc.livecodenetwork.org/2015/meta/82.html

Geoff Cox, Ann Light, Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Jonas Fritsch, & Lone Koefoed Hansen. “Making World Machines: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues.” In Proceedings of Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing. 2015. 1, 1. 3pp.

Geoff Cox. “Crítica de la violencia software.” In Concreta 05, journal, eds. Nuria Enguita Mayo & Laura Vallés. (Spanish). http://www.editorialconcreta.org/Critica-de-la-violencia-software Valencia, 2015. pp.28-39.

Geoff Cox. “Postscript on the post-digital and the problem of temporality.” In David M. Berry & Michael Dieter, eds., Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. pp.151-162.

Geoff Cox. “Generator” (reprint). In Edward Shanken, ed. Systems. London: Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art/MIT Press, 2015. pp.186-189. 

Geoff Cox. “Code For-itself”. In Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner, eds., Torque #1: Mind. Language. Technology. Brescia: Link Editions, 2014. pp.130-140.

Geoff Cox & Alex McLean. “Not Just for Fun.” In Olga Goriunova, ed. Fun and Software: Exploring Pleasure, Pain and Paradox in Computing. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. pp.157-173.

Geoff Cox. “Paradoxical Values of Running Code/Paradoksalne Wartosci Kodu.” In Piotr Krajewski & Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska, eds. Pioneering Values. (English and Polish). Wroclaw: WRO Art Center, 2014. pp.41-46 & 108-113.

Geoff Cox & Joasia Krysa. “Occupying Public Networks.” In Magdalena Mróz-Grygierowska, Torun Ekstrand, eds., Art Line - A Baltic Co-operation. (English/Polish). Karlskrona: Blekinge Museum, 2014. pp.182-184.

Geoff Cox. 2013 “Live Coding as a Model for Cultural Practice” & “Cultural-Epistemological Aspects of Live Coding”, in Alan Blackwell, Alex McLean, James Noble, Julian Rohrhuber (eds), Collaboration and learning through live coding, Dagstuhl Report, Dagstuhl: Schloss Dagstuhl–Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, 2013. pp. 135 & 159.

Geoff Cox & Robert Jackson. Platforme, Indkapsling og Ren Kode. In Martin Brynskov, Kim Halskov and Lars Kabel, eds., Byens Digitale Liv, Aarhus: Forlaget Ajour, 2012, 172-179. Danish.

Geoff Cox. Wirtualne samobojstwo jako definitywny akt polityczny, trans. E. Zabrotowicz, in Mindware: Technologie dialogu, Piotr Celinski, ed. Lublin: College of Enterprise and Administration, 2012. pp.133-145.

Geoff Cox. Virtual Suicide as Decisive Political Act, in Wolfgang Sützl, Theo Hug eds. Activist Media and Biopolitics: Critical Media Interventions in the Age of Biopower, Innsbruck, Innsbruck University Press,  2012. pp. 105-118.

Geoff Cox. The Book of Books, dOCUMENTA (13) catalogue, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz 2011. pp. 269-273. German/English. 

Geoff Cox. Introduction to David Link – Machine Heart, Series: Documenta 13: 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken series No. 037, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2011. 28 pp., German/English. 

Geoff Cox. “There is No Alternative / Alternatywy nie ma.” In Piotr Krajewski & Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska, eds. WRO 2011 Alternative Now Catalog,, Wroclaw: WRO Foundation, 2011. English/Polish.

Geoff Cox. “Notes on 120days of *buntu.” In Danja Vasiliev & Gordan Savicic, The 120days of *buntu, Beaver Press, 2011. 

Geoff Cox & Martin Knahl. “Freedom, Control, Security: Current and Future Implications for Internet Governance.” In Christo El Morr & Pierre Maret, eds. Virtual Community Building and the Information Society: Current and Future Directions, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2011. pp. 238-248.

Geoff Cox, Alex McLean & Adrian Ward. “Praxis de la programmation.” In David-Olivier Lartigaud, ed., ART ++, Programmation Oriente Art, LAM (Laboratoire des Arts et Medias – Universite Paris 1 Panthon-Sorbonne) Éditions HYX, Orléans, 2011. pp. 77-87. French.

Geoff Cox. “Means-End of Software.” In Soeren Pold & Christian Ulrik Andersen, eds., Interface Criticism: Aesthetic Beyond Buttons, Arhus: Aarhus University Press, 2011. pp. 145-161.

Geoff Cox. Overidentifying with Really Existing Social Media, in Roy Ascott, Espen Gangvik, Margarete Jahrmann, eds. Making Reality Really Real, Consciousness Reframed proceedings, Trondheim: TEKS, 2010. pp. 54-57.

Geoff Cox. “Democracy 2.0.” In Concept Store #3: Art, Activism and Recuperation (with Nav Haq & Tom Trevor), bi-annual journal, Bristol: Arnolfini, 2011. pp. 60-64. Geoff Cox. ‘Antisocial Notworking’, in Web Studies, Proceedings of the 1st. international congress, Everardo Reyes-García & Imad Saleh, eds, Paris: Europia Productions, 2010. pp. 9-17.

Geoff Cox & Martin Knahl. “Critique of Software Security.” In Creating Insecurity: Art and Culture in the Age of Security, New York: Autonomedia, 2009. pp. 27-43. 

Geoff Cox. “All Property is Theft.” In Nav Haq & Tom Trevor, eds. Concept Store: #1 Art, Consumerism and the Experience Economy, Bristol: Arnolfini, 2008. pp. 45-50.

Geoff Cox & martin Knahl. “Internet governance: towards a non-representational democracy.” In International Journal of Web-Based Communities, Vol. 4, No. 3, Geneva: Inderscience, 2008. pp. 319-333.

Geoff Cox. “Antisocial Applications: Notes in support of antisocial notworking.” In CONT3XT ed., Curediting, Vague Terrain online journal, 2008.

Geoff Cox & Adrian Ward. “Perl.” In Matthew Fuller, ed. Software Studies: a Lexicon, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008.

Reports & invited lectures

I am regularlyinvited to give talks internationally, and have delivered keynotes at: MediaActivism and Biopolitics, University of Innsbruck, Austria (2010); ParticipatoryDesign, Roskilde University, Denmark (2012); Wikitopia Festival,City University Hong Kong (2012); Renewable Futures, Stockholm School ofEconomics, Liepaja University, Riga, Latvia (2015); and Executions:conversations on code, power & death, Aarhus Institute of AdvancedStudies, Aarhus University, Denmark (2015).