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Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Teaching Fellow in Culture, Media and Creative Industries

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Richard Martin joined the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries in 2014-15, having previously taught at Middlesex University and Birkbeck, University of London.

He completed his PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies in 2012 at the London Consortium, a multi-disciplinary programme partnering Birkbeck with the Architectural Association, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Science Museum, and Tate. He also holds a BA in English and American Studies from the University of Manchester, and an MA in English from University College London.

Richard’s career has involved working with and within a range of leading arts and cultural institutions. He has been a writer and editor in the Research Department at Tate, and spent two years in the policy team at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). He continues to organise public events and courses at Tate Modern and BFI Southbank.

More details on his work can be found on his website:

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Contemporary art, especially moving image work
  • Post-war US and European cinema
  • Urban and architectural theory
  • American Studies

Richard’s research is situated at the intersections of contemporary art, film and architecture, with particular interests in cultural studies, urban studies and American Studies. Developed from his doctoral research, his first book, The Architecture of David Lynch (Bloomsbury, 2014), places Lynch’s films within a broader history of media and architecture.

Richard is currently working on two new research projects. The first involves a re-evaluation of institutional critique, centering on Andrea Fraser’s video Museum Highlights (1989), a project being developed for publication in 2016 in Tate’s ‘In Focus’ series. The second project concerns the work of the artist and film-maker Steve McQueen, and especially its relation to wider debates around the location of moving images.

Selected publications

  • Richard Martin and Lucy Scholes, ‘Archived Desires: Eyes Wide Shut’, in Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives, eds. Peter Krämer, Tatjana Ljujic and Richard Daniels (London: Black Dog, 2015)
  • Richard Martin, The Architecture of David Lynch (London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Richard Martin, ‘Attention Seekers’, Apollo (December 2014)
  • Richard Martin, ‘Precarious Dreams: The Housing Crisis and US Cinema’, in Flow, Vol.19, No.1 (November 2013)
  • Richard Martin, ‘Neighbourhoods or Nothing? Social Relations in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet’, in European Journal of American Culture, Vol.32, No.3 (September 2013)

Richard’s teaching is closely informed by his research in contemporary art, film and architecture, as well as his engagement with arts and cultural institutions. He has taught a range of modules in literary studies, visual culture and media studies.

He currently teaches on the CMCI modules ‘Contested Culture: Formations’, ‘Analysing the Cultural and Creative Industries’, and ‘Film and American Culture’, and leads the module ‘Towards Tomorrow’s Museum’ in partnership with Tate Modern.

Expertise and public engagement

In collaboration with colleagues, Richard has designed and taught a series of multi-disciplinary public courses and study days at Tate Modern, BFI Southbank and Birkbeck. These events have explored topics such as apathy, precarity, psychoanalysis and cinema, and the politics of film stardom.

In 2009, he organised the Tate Modern symposium ‘Mapping the Lost Highway: New Perspectives on David Lynch’, and recent speaking engagements have included talks and panel discussions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Barbican, the BFI, the Photographers’ Gallery, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Science Museum.

Richard also writes articles and reviews for a number of magazines and journals such as Apollo and Senses of Cinema, and regularly contributes online summary texts on works in the Tate collection.


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