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Reproductive Sociology Research Group

Rebecca Close (b.UK) is an artist, researcher and poet. Their doctoral research on post-internet reproductive work, funded by Kone Foundation at Aalto University, Finland, brings together STS, Queer Marxism and Software Studies to historically situate the digital infrastructures and interfaces of the assisted reproductive technology industry, as well as question the inevitability of its current forms. How might the interface be reclaimed as a site for imagining and materialising queer and antiracist economies, ontologies and biologies of reproduction?

They also research and write about how other artists, activists and poets have responded to the management of public health crisis’, or documented their experiences of reproductive and care work. Their arts criticism and curatorial projects have focused on HIV/AIDS-related video art in the UK during 1980s-1990s and they recently curated Desire and Resistance: Pratibha Parmar (Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, 2019) and Notes on Visual Justice: Pratibha Parmar’s early work (LGBT Centre, Barcelona, 2020). Their poetry collection valid, virtual, vegetable reality (2018) won the Melita Hume Prize, chosen by Vahni Capildeo. They are a member of the Cluster for Critical Artistic Research (CCARe), a research group in the Department of Art at Aalto University.

Close develops arts and curatorial projects with Anyely Marín Cisneros as @criticaldías, based in Barcelona. Recent work includes Disentir la historia (‘Dissenting History’) (El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, Barcelona, 2020); a fellowship with the Centre for Art, Design and Social Research and the Miquel Casablancas Prize for Visual Arts for their publication Reinscriptions: Annotations on affect, visuality, data, disease, race laws and the politics of the body against the speed of financial capitalism (2018).

Lent Term 2022

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