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Maria Fusco

(Former employee or visitor)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

artists' novels
art writing
editing as practice
experimental criticism
experimental fiction
fiction as art practice
independent and self-publishing

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseart writing, fiction and art, interdisciplinary writing


I am a Belfast-born writer contributing to a broad range of national and international journals, magazines, books and catalogues. I am the sole-author of six books and the editor of nineteen publications. My work is translated into ten languages.

My latest sole-authored book, Legend of the Necessary Dreamer, has been described by Chris Kraus as "a new classic of female philosophical fiction'.

I was awarded and Artangel & BBC Radio 4 commission, and produced Master Rock, which is a repertoire for a mountain, an experimental radio play performed and recorded live inside a granite mountain on the west coast of Scotland. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 to an audience of more than 2.5 million listeners.

I am an Hawthornden Fellow and was awarded as a Jerwood Creative Catalyst, I have been invited to be Writer in Residence at Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2013), Whitechapel Gallery in London (2010), and Critic in Residence at The Kadist Art Foundation in Paris (2009).

Currently a Senior Chancellor's Fellow - Reader in the School of Art at ECA, previously I was Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London where I founded and led MFA Art Writing. I am regularly invited as a guest lecturer, most recently at: Glasgow School of Art. Royal Academy (London), Forfatterskolen Danish Academy of Creative Writing (Copenhagen), Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), Royal College of Art (London) Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), and University of Manchester.

I am a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam in 2018.

Current Research Interests

My research project as a Chancellor's Fellow explores and embodies fiction as critical practice within contemporary art. Utilising interdisciplinary research methodlogies the outputs of this project are manifold. 

Research Interests

My interdisciplinary research is concerned with fiction as critical practice, embodying and exploring modalities of production including: the fictive, critical & theoretical writing; editing, and independent publishing. These varied registers are mutual in nature, informing each other to build an expansive approach to what writing ‘might be’ with a contemporary art arena, and how it may manifest. To write through the object.

Research students

I am currently supervise PhD students whose work clusters around the expanded research fields of critical art writing, experimental writing, non-linear narrativity and performativity.

  • Tess Barnard:
  • Judith Browning: 'This Voice is Not My Own: Art Writing Radical Passivity as a Form for You' (co-supervision with Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) funded by ECA PhD Scholarship

  • Joseph Fletcher: 'Jut: Thinking through Community' (co-supervision with Philosophy, University of Dundee) funded by ECA PhD Scholarship

  • Tina Krekels: 'Staging Improvisation. A socio-cultural Approach to the Complexity of Desire in Collective Free Improvisation' (co-supervision with Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh)

  • Katharina Ludwig: 'Text in Time: Writing as a time-based medium' funded by Cusanuswerk, Germany

  • Rachel Lyon: ''Imitatio as Method: Writing towards Angela of Foligno and Catherine of Siena' (co-supervision with Art History, University of Glasgow) funded by University of Glasgow College of Arts Scholarship

  • David Maroto: 'Artist's Novels. The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts' (co-supervision with Creative Writing, University of Edinburgh) funded by Dutch Art Institute

  • Naomi Pearce: 'The Scene of a Crime: Women Administrators, Gentrification and the Artist Studio' (co-supervison with Creative Writing, University of Glasgow) funded by AHRC

  • Paul Pieroni: 'Disease As System In Postmodern New York' funded by ECA PhD Scholarship (co-supervision with School of Design, University of Edinburgh)
  • Daphne De Sonneville: 'Tragicomedy and the Edges of Significance: Abstract Human Problems in Writing, Objects, Actions' funded by ECA PhD Scholarship; Stichting dr. Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds Grant; Stichting de Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude te's-Gravenhage Grant

  • Gerald Smith: (completed)
  • Sarah Tripp: 'Making People Up' funded by ECA PhD Scholarship (completed)

  • Kim Wilson: 'New Materialism: Theorising through and with Matter' (co-supervision with Anthropology, University of Edinburgh) funded by AHRC

  • Dawn Worsley: 'Voicing: Accessing and Representing Voice as Polyphony' (co-supervison with Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art)



Research outputs


    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  2. Say Who I Am: Or a Broad Private Wink

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  3. The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house is the title of

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Master Rock

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do?

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

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Research projects

  1. De-localising Dialect

    Project: Research

  2. Dialecty

    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

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