Dave Loder

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Spatial Practices; Post/digital Environments; Futures and Fictions; Posthuman, Nonhuman, More-than-human

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Dave is a spatial research practitioner working across art, design, interiors, architecture, landscape and public art, with experience in commercial architectural design practice, studio-based academia and artistic research methodologies. Dave’s research practice is contextualised by feminist ‘worlding’, with a focus on the overlapping technological and infrastructural conditions - from language and cartography to machine sensing and digital platforms - through which we spatially engage with and are structured by the world.

Recent and ongoing research themes include;

The Mediated Interior - This research is contextualised by the post/digital condition of the contemporary interior across a range of settings and encounters. Current practice-based investigations deploy tools of machinic visioning, such as photogrammetry, to propose strategies of counter-mapping to resist the regimes of surveillance capitalism the contemporary interior is subjected to.

Critical Infrastructuralism - This ongoing research seeks to develop a critical definition for infrastructure, with a particular attention towards tools and methodologies that reveal the collision of local with planetary scale encounters which underpin the structures of the everyday.

The Future (of) Monuments - This research interrogates the spatial and temporal conditions of the category of the monument under the discourse of the Anthropocene, interfacing with contexts including landscapes of land reclamation, the 'geology of media' and the 'techno-sphere', decoloniality and post-conflict narratives, and speculative futurisms.

In 2021 Dave founded the Image|Imaging|Interior inter-institution research cluster that explores new cross-disciplinary practices and frameworks of knowledge-making through which to interrogate the interior, its image, and its imaging. The research group proposes timely and urgent investigations to explore how virtual and physical spaces, and their design and fabrication, directly engage and inform each other, to present arrangements at the interstice of 2d and 3d, image and actual.

From 2017-2023 Dave was Lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art, where he convened the Worlding Matters reading group, a cross-GSA platform that focused on Feminist New Materialism philosophies in the context of the creative disciplines. Broadly sited under the umbrella of ‘worlding’, these modes of thinking and being embrace posthumanism, object orientated ontology, speculative realism, agential realism, accelerationism, geophilosophy, xeno-feminism and much more.

At GSA Dave also designed and led the Worlding Fictions & Fictional Worlds postgraduate elective module, a program to allow students to draw upon a variety of fictional contexts, including speculative worlds, scenarios, and narratives. A distinct critical function of worlding as a framework is its capacity to the interrogate the co-constitutive conditions of nature and culture, thinking and being, and engage with ‘radical otherness’ to challenge and potentially unravel conventions of power and inequality that exist in our everyday lived experience.

Education/Academic qualification

Art & Space, Master of Arts, Kingston University

Interior Architecture & Design, Bachelor of Arts, Nottingham Trent University

PhD in Spatial Practices (practice-based), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ulster University


  • NA Architecture
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • NB Sculpture
  • NC Drawing Design Illustration

College Research Themes

  • Future Cities
  • Data & Digital


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