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Doctor Alexandra Anikina

Doctor Alexandra Anikina

Senior Lecturer in Media Practices

Research interests

  • Algorithmic and Visual Culture
  • Critical Theory and Artistic Research
  • Feminist Science and Technology Studies

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Dr Alexandra (Sasha) Anikina is a researcher, film-maker and artist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Media Practices at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). Her work focuses on image politics, algorithmic and AI imaginaries, feminist STS and technological conditions of knowledge production, governance, labour and affect. She writes on a variety of audiovisual media and digital artefacts, including experimental film, algorithmic recommendation systems, games, screensavers and contemporary art. She is part of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image.

As an artist, she mostly works with experimental film, game engines and lecture-performances. Her recent work focuses on ‘procedural films’— live simulations made in a game engine, also the subject of her PhD in Media and Communications, completed at Goldsmiths. Her work has been shown internationally, including VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Anthology Film Archives, New York; NCCA Moscow; Korean Film Archive and Art Sonje Museum, Seoul; Sanatorium gallery, Istanbul; Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale; Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow; ar/ge kunst, Bolzano, and others. Her artist portfolio can be found here.

She is co-editor of Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing (London: ZED Books, 2017, TLS Book of the Year 2017). She co-curated media art festival IMPAKT 2018 ‘Algorithmic Superstructures’ and was a Digital Earth Fellow in 2020-2021. Currently she is working on a monograph on procedural images, as well as on the themes of techno-animism and post-socialist mythologies. Her up-to-date publications can be found here

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