Portrait of Dr Verina Gfader Dr Verina Gfader

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Verina Gfader is an artist and researcher whose work is organized around questions of what strategies and interventions one takes in relation to everyday systems, subsumed in narratives of agency and activism. Her practice involves models, drawing, animation, fictional institutions, and text material with a focus on printed matter in between unregulated and sophisticated presentation.

Postdoctoral research, after studies in visual media, photography and fine arts (PhD Central Saint Martins), includes a research residency at Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) to explore the structural coherence between non-commercial Japanese animation and geographical, institutional and social ideas. Her current fellowship at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, develops from a publishing practice, which is connected to the political in art—text and alliance, the immediate architecture of text, and the modalities and nature of knowledge in art.

Research and Scholarship

My artistic research (practice/theory) takes account of two subjects: the first is the incorporation of animation within fine arts; more particularly, my actual postdoctoral studies concern the structural coherence between a single cultural expression, in this case Japanese animation, and geographical, institutional and social ideas. By exploring the ways animation maintains its ambiguous status (of film, drawing, concept, vocabulary) and how it suggests a peculiar relation to the ‘minor,’ the studies attempt to trace its multiple image and reveal the potential of animation theory to contribute to new forms of knowledge that grasp current art movements and discourse, locally and globally.

The second develops from a publishing practice, which is tightly connected to the following interests: a) the political in art (possibilities for collective imagination but also, as Peter Osborne (2007) declares, that collectivity itself is fictional); b) the immediate architecture of text (corrections, editorial practice, design, marginalia); c) the question of in what way knowledge in art is by necessity accumulative and a plural voice (status of “not-knowing”). These three interrelated fields of exploration highlight a relationship to current production machines, understood as dispersed structures, not easily to be grasped in a totality, impossible to categorize and historisize. As such there appears an implicit complex relationship to histories and the historical. In turn, this dynamic leads back to a previous and longterm investigation of “minor histories” which can here be traced precisely in the very heart of economical power/capacity/potential.

The current fellowship involves a series of exilic writings. One could argue that the fellowship is grounded in assuming a position in exile, exile meaning both being detached, excluded, and simultaneously privileged (a place to be creative). This is bound with the question for the artist in exile: How to work with this position—make work—in order to break established structures. T.J. Demos (2009): “Far more radical is to universalize exile as the condition of being human, and to determine a politics of equality on that basis. It may currently be unlikely to conceive of this eventuality in today’s political environment. But perhaps this is exactly where artistic practice may assume its most radical role: to imagine alternatives otherwise impossible to contemplate, unleashing an imagination that maybe produce effects in turn.”

The hypothesis of All Practice is Text underlies my investigation.

Disciplines / Context

  • Contemporary art (non-commercial animation, Japanese animation, time-based media, film politics
  • Philosophy (Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze)
  • Discourse of Mobilities (geography/urbanism/the territorial/diagrams)
  • Knowledge culture and alternative tools for knowledge production (DIY practices, activist strategies)
  • Art Research and democratic models of or through (social) media
  • Publishing, printed matter (text and alliance)

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Gfader, V (2016) ‘2016 Inhabitations: video art and the geographies of movement for the mediumCritical Collective .


Gfader, V. and Karikis, M. (2015) ‘Hollywood Flatlands: Taking A Line For A Walk’. In: The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research (DARE 2015), 9th - 11th November 2015, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium

Gfader, V (2015) ‘Planetary unseen in animation’. In: “The Invisible” asia.theory.visuality conference, 13th - 14th November 2015, Princeton University, USA

Gfader, V (2015) ‘More Brilliant Than The Past’. In: The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research (DARE 2015), 9th - 11th November 2015, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium

Sinha, G. and Gfader, V.(2015) Video Art [Show/Exhibition]


Heys, P., Temple, N., Adkins, M., Bailey, R., Tibbetts, S., Briers, D., MacDonald, J., Powell, A., Devlin, L. and Gfader, V. (2014) ‘The making of the Allure of the Archive – an index of assemblies by Art (&) Currency: Institute of Vanishing Principles and Spells, 2013–2014Journal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 511-516. ISSN 17535190

Gfader, V (2014) ‘Assembly: Corrective Unrest and Image Instruments’. In: Looking at Images, Workshop 2: Image Research & Its Futures, 19th June 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London

Gfader, V (2014) ‘Geometric, economic, real–social, elastic: Formatting Animation’s Sensorial Vocabularies’. In: Global Futures Speaker Series, 24th May 2014, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Coles, A. and Gfader, V. (2014) ‘EP: Styling Knowledge’. In: Pedestrian Subjectivities, MA General Theory Forum, April 27, 2014, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Gfader, V (2014) ‘Talk Geometries: Towards Anime’s Sensorial Vocabularies’. In: Kinema Club Conference for Film and Moving Images from Japan XIII, 17th-18th January 2014, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Gfader, V., Nakajima, R., Kato, E., Rodrigo García, M. and Fujii, H.(2014) OrnAmenT Epiphanies: Tokyo [Show/Exhibition]

Gfader, V., Höflich, R. and Reardon, J.(2014) PROSPECTUS at LAABF Printed Matter's Los Angeles Art Book Fair [Show/Exhibition]


Gfader, V (2013) ‘The Italian Avant Garde 1968–76’. In: Pier Vittorio Aureli, Alex Coles, Catharine Rossi & Verina Gfader, The Italian Avant Garde 1968–76, 12th December 2013, London, Architectural Association, School of Architecture

Gfader, V. and Reardon, J. (2013) ‘PRO–SPECTUS’. In: Anti-Academy symposium, 23rd November 2013, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton

Gfader, V (2013) ‘Notebooks Spirit’. In: Proto-tools, 16th-17th November 2013, Flat Time House, London

Gfader, V (2013) ‘What do Artists Want (panel)’. In: Educating Artists? symposium, 8th-9th November 2013, Kunstwerke KW Institute for Contemporary Art (partner/s: Gnyp Art), Berlin

Gfader, V (2013) ‘Colonised Imagination: Urban constructions within the discourse of Japanese animation’. In: Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark, 16 September 2013, Rose Lipman Building, London

Gfader, V (2013) ‘Antonio Negri interviewed by Verina Gfader, "The Real Radical?"’. In: The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976 (text available on Semiotext(e), Documents - Politics Domesticity and Flight: http://semiotexte.com/?page_id=17). Berlin: Sternberg Press. pp. 200-219. ISBN 9783943365498

Gfader, V (2013) ‘On the Fabulation of a Form of Life in the Drawn Line and Systems of ThoughtMechademia, Tezuka’s Manga Life , 8, pp. 61-71.

Gfader, V. and Reardon, J. (2013) PROSPECTUS . London: ARTSCHOOL/UK Press. ISBN 978-1-78280-030-9


Gfader, V (2012) ‘Afterword: on the questionsRadar , 1 (3), p. 30. ISSN 2049-4327

Gfader, V (2012) ‘radar3 asks invited contributors:Radar , 1 (3), p. 3. ISSN 2049-4327

Gfader, V. and Chapman, N. (2012) "Strategies of Delegation: THE SURFACE | THE PROJECT" . London, UK: scenesadventures. ISBN 0-9544901-3-4


Gfader, V. and Garcia, M. (2011) ‘OrNamenTTokYo’. In: OrNamenTTokYo, 6, 11, 12 November 2011, Tokyo, Japan

Gfader, V (2011) ‘The Age of the Antimodern’. In: Group Affinity Summer school, Exhibition, Publication, 01-August-2011 to 14-August-2011, Munich, Germany and Casco, Utrecht

Gfader, V (2011) ‘Tranquil hills fragile apparatus: Landscape film, migrational subjects, and diagrams of power’. In: The Art Theatre Guild of Japan: Spaces for Intercultural and Intermedial Cinema Symposium, 30th-31st July 2011, Birkbeck College, University of London

Tanaka, A., Eiblmayr, S. and Gfader, V. (2011) ‘Hommage à Atsuko Tanaka’. In: Hommage à Atsuko Tanaka talk and discussion, Thursday 14 April 2011, E:ventGallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU

Gfader, V (2011) ‘Subanimation: Verina Gfader in Conversation with Takehito Deguchi and Koji YamamuraAnimation , 6 (1), pp. 55-71. ISSN 1746-8477

Gfader, V (2011) ‘Imaginary Agents—Flowers and the Common: essay on BCL Shiho Fukuhara and Georg Tremmel’. In: Coded Cultures. New York, USA: Springer. . ISBN 978-3-7091-0457-6

Gfader, V (2011) ADVENTURE-LANDING a compendium of animation . Berlin, Germany: Revolver. ISBN 978-3-86895-034-2


Gfader, V (2010) ‘Garden lecture’. In: Visual Thinking 01:Kate Davis and the Subjectivity and Feminisms research group, 11 January 2009 - 07 March 2010, Camden, UK

Gfader, V (2010) ‘DIY and more, interview with Christiane Erharter, Vienna 2008’. In: A Brief History of Working with New Media Art: Conversations with Artists. Berlin, Germany: The Green Box. pp. 155-162. ISBN 9783941644212

Gfader, V (2010) ‘Residency Modes, Nathalie Anglès & Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, New York 2008’. In: A Brief History of Curating New Media Art: Conversations with Curators. Berlin, Germany: The Green Box. pp. 139-153. ISBN 9783941644205

Cook, S., Gfader, V., Graham, B. and Lapp, A. (2010) A Brief History of Curating New Media Art: Conversations with Curators . Berlin, Germany: The Green Box. ISBN 9783941644205

Gfader, V (2010) ‘White Columns, interview with Matthew Higgs, New York 2008’. In: A Brief History of Curating New Media Art: Conversations with Curators. Berlin, Germany: The Green Box. pp. 155-167. ISBN 9783941644205

Cook, S., Gfader, V., Graham, B. and Lapp, A. (2010) A Brief History of Working with New Media Art: Conversations with Artists . Berlin, Germany: The Green Box. ISBN 9783941644212

Gfader, V (2010) ‘Locating East Tokyo, interview with Miki Fukuda, Tokyo 2009’. In: A Brief History of Working with New Media Art: Conversations with Artists. Berlin, Germany: The Green Box. pp. 207-212. ISBN 9783941644212


Oppenheim, D., Reynolds, L., Tait, M., Lewis, M. and Gfader, V. (2009) ‘film< >juxtapositions’. In: film< >juxtapositions screening event, Saturday 12th December 2009, The Gate, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London

Plender, O., Orn, U. and Gfader, V. (2009) ‘DREAM READINGS between OLIVIA PLENDER and UNNAR ORN’. In: DREAM READINGS between OLIVIA PLENDER and UNNAR ORN, Wednesday 4th November 2009, E:ventGallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU

Kerbel, J., Maclennan, R. and Gfader, V. (2009) ‘RESIDUAL versus EXCESS’. In: RESIDUAL versus EXCESS is a discussion/exchange of thoughts/conversation with artists Janice Kerbel and Ruth Maclennan, Friday 27th November 2009, E:ventGallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU

Gfader, V. and Garcia, M. (2009) ‘an InviTe For mAking OrnAmentS’. In: an InviTe For mAking OrnAmentS is a workshop, an intervention, a picnic, and a video, Friday 9th October 2009, Serpentine Pavilion (2009), Hyde Park, LONDON

Gfader, V (2009) Jon Garlick's The Imagined Archive [Artefact]

Donlon, C. and Gfader, V. (2009) ‘In Conjunction with’. In: In Conjunction with is a book-project in collaboration with Conor Donlon, Friday 1st May 2009, Bookshelf, (temporary installation), E:ventGallery 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU

Gfader, V (2009) ‘Micro projects and by-products’. In: Portraits of Transculturalism Symposium, 4th-7th May 2009, Kasa Galeri Sabanc? University Istanbul, Turkey

Gfader, V (2009) ‘I prefer not to use predictable paths’. In: Coded Cultures - Exploring Creative Emergencies Symposium, 27th-31st May 2009, Vienna, Austria

Billing, J. and Gfader, V. (2009) ‘Curatorial Events and Dialogues’. In: Another Album – a one-evening video installation, Friday 20th March 2009, E:ventGallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU


Graham, B. and Gfader, V. (2008) ‘Curator as editor, translator or god? Edited CRUMB discussion listVague Terrain .

Gfader, V (2008) ‘Nervous Light PlanesAnimation , 3 (2), pp. 147-167. ISSN 1746-8477

Gfader, V. and Grizzar, P. (2008) ‘Interactivos?: Better Than the Real Thing’. In: .Interactivos?@Eyebeam: Double Take Workshop and Exhibition, 12th July-9th August 2008, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, New York, USA

Lally, C. and Gfader, V. (2008) ‘Condensation revisited - A Lecture on Pigments:3’. In: Proceedings of ISEA 2008: The 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Singapore: International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). pp. 285-287.

Lally, C., Burrows, D., Weinmayr, E., Chapman, N. and Gfader, V. (2008) ‘Surprise’. In: Surprise: film screening, Saturday 21st June 2008, E:ventGallery, 96 Teesdale Street, London E2 6PU

Gfader, V. and Lally, C. (2008) ‘CØDEshop’. In: CØDEshop, a series of workshops and interventions, 2008, E:ventGallery London, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam

Gfader, V. and Lally, C. (2008) ‘4 East End Occupations’. In: 4 East End Occupations project, 2008,

Gfader, V () ‘Notebooks Spirit (second version)’. In: Memories of the Future, 2-3 May 2014, Chelsea College of Arts, London and University of London, Senate House.

Gfader, V () ‘The Real Radical? Antonio Negri interviewed by Verina Gfader’. In: EP: The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968–1976. Berlin: Sternberg Press. pp. 200-219. ISBN 978-3-943365-49-8


Editorial Position within EP, a new discursive platform founded and directed by Alex Coles

Associate Member, Research group Subjectivity and Feminisms, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London

Peer Reviewer for The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR)


2013: Residency at Sternberg Press, Berlin

2009: Grant by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for postdoctoral research, residency at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo and Yokohama

2007: ‘Reference Check’ co-production lab, artist residency with Colm Lally, Banff New Media Institute, Canada. Advisors: Andreas Broeckman, Anne Galloway, Sarat Maharaj

2001–03: AHRC award for PhD Studies, Central Saint Martins, London

1996: Photography Residency London, Federal Ministry for the Arts, Vienna

1996: Research Grant, Federal Ministry for Science and Culture, Vienna

Research Degree Supervision

  • Non-commercial, independent animation / animation within fine art in the Western and Eastern (Japan) context
  • Film theory with a focus on the philosophies of Bergson (actual and virtual), and Deleuze (time-image, minoritarian cinema)

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