Dr Katherine Guinness

Lecturer in Art History

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52486


Katherine Guinness is a theorist and historian of contemporary art. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester and is the author of the first academic monograph on German artist Rosemarie Trockel, Schizogenesis: The Art of Rosemarie Trockel (Minnesota: 2019). She is a contributing editor for Art Journal Open and the co-founder of FEARS, the Female Emerging Artist Residency Series.

Katherine has taught in a wide range of departments and programs across the globe, including the University of Sydney (within the Digital Cultures program), the University of New South Wales (Architectural History and the Built Environment), North Carolina State University (Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies programs), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Art History). Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Director of Art History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), where she also served as the academic director of the downtown Gallery of Contemporary Art (or GOCA).

She is interested in many topics within contemporary art, all of which she examines with a Marxist-Feminist lens, and is currently working on projects that include: virtual reality and nuclear aesthetics; the relation between anesthetics and the history of aesthetic theory; an edited collection reimagining absurdist theory today; and a project on the political economy and visual culture of social media influencers.

Research Interests

  • Feminist Theory
  • Marxist Theory
  • contemporary art
  • materialist media theory
  • influencers


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Guinness, Katherine and Marshall, Jocelyn (2024). Archival defiance: historiographical approaches to feminist performance art and rerformance writing. Women’s innovations in theatre, dance, and performance. (pp. n/a-n/a) edited by Elliot Mercer and Jill Lane. New York, NY, United States: Bloomsbury.

  • Guinness, Katherine (2022). Self-Portraiture and Self Performance. Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie. (pp. 40-59) edited by Murray, DC. New York, NY United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780367206109-2

  • Guinness, Katherine (2021). For no given reason. This:That William Wylie and Corey Drieth. (pp. 9-31) Charlottesville/Colorado Springs: University of Virginia and University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

  • Guinness, Katherine (2021). The vegetal world. Family Tree Whakapapa: Elin, Madeleine, Sarah, and Susanne Slavick. (pp. 3-9) Auckland, New Zealand: Wallace Arts Trust and Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.

  • Guinness, Katherine (2017). Heath Franco’s LIFE IS SEXY. The National. (pp. n/a-n/a) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Guinness, Katherine (2023). Mediation and autobiographical ghosts. Nuclear Ghosts Workshop, Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies, Heidelberg, Germany, 26-27 July 2023.

  • Marshall, Jocelyn E. and Guinness, Katherine (2023). Feminist care for the archive: art history, text(ures) and methodologies. Shaking the Archives: Reconsidering the Role of Archives in Contemporary Society, Edinburgh, Scotland, 23-25 June 2023.

  • Bollmer, Grant and Guinness, Katherine (2023). Virtual reality for a burning world. RE:SOURCE – The 10th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Venice, Italy, 13-16 September 2023.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor