Doctor Alexandra Anikina

Dr 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 and media artist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Media Practices at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton), Programme Co-Lead for MA Global Media Management and Co-Director of Critical Infrastructures and Image Politics research group. Her work focuses on digital and algorithmic visual culture, imaginaries of technology and AI, feminist studies of science and technology, affective infrastructures 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 works with experimental film, game engines and lecture-performances. 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, Eye FilmMuseum, and others. Her artist portfolio can be found here.

Before joining Winchester School of Art, she taught at Goldsmiths, London South Bank University and King’s College London, and was Balzan Post-Doctoral Fellow at New Sorbonne University Paris 3 in 2021-2022. She was 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 necropolitics.