Sue Golding

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Johnny Golding
New York
Other namesJohnny Golding
johnny de philo

Johnny Golding (also known as Sue Golding) is Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art, and Senior Tutor: Research at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. She leads the PHD Research Group: Entanglement, an intensive PHD environment including 21 PHD researchers; co-led with artist Emma Talbot, and in the previous year, with artist Aura Satz. From 2012-16, Johnny was Director of the Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR) at Birmingham School of Art (Birmingham City University), and from 2009-2012 Director of the Institute for the Converging Arts and Sciences (ICAS) at the University of Greenwich and Head of Theory at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht (1998–2003).[1][failed verification].[2] Most recently she was honoured by the Royal Academy Schools as their Philosopher in Residence (Jan-Mar 2019).

Personal life and work[edit]

Johnny Golding (aka Sue Golding) holds the Chair in Philosophy and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, London England, UK. Golding's work situates post-Newtonian analytics, new materialisms and poetics as ‘radical matter’, a practice-led intellectual encounter with contemporary philosophy, art and the wild sciences. Latest works include Entanglement: The Opera [Artificial Intelligence, Hive Time] an opera in homage to Kurt Weill's anti-fascist ‘White Cheese’, RCA, Jan 2019; Of The Thick and the Raw: Cannibalising the 21st Century (OAR, Oxford, 2018). Texts and poetic-philosophic installations most recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Vienna, Bogotá and Berlin. Resituating the multiversal as a particular form of dimensional and superpositional entanglement, Golding's epistemological moves foreground erotic praxis, meta-mathematics, modern physics and the logics of sense. Forthcoming: Golding, Reinhart, Paganellli and Coster (Author-Ed). Data Loam-Sometimes Hard, Usually Soft [the future of knowledge Systems], (De Gruyter: 2019).

Born in New York, Golding lived in Toronto where she completed her PHD in political philosophy at the University of Toronto, concurrently studying under the tutelage of Michel Foucault, Ernesto Laclau, and from 1980-84 under the guidance of Raymond Williams at Cambridge University. She was the founding President of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the first LGBT theatre company in Canada, whose humble start began in local community centres and, as importantly, local porn houses, with the first show, Drag Queens in Outer Space (written and directed by Sky Gilbert) helped shape the political agenda of gay/lesbian politics for several generations.[3][4] of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from 1983 to 1995.[5][6][7] She was a regular contributor to The Body Politic, a monthly magazine that played a key role in the LGBT community in Canada.[8]

In 1994 Johnny moved to Soho, London.[9] She has written and edited several books including Gramsci's Democratic Theory, The Eight Technologies of Otherness, [10] and On the Verge of Photography.[11] She produces public lectures presented in the form of sound/image installations, often in complete darkness.[12] Head of theory at the experimental post-academic institute, the Jan van Eyck (Maastricht) from 1998-2003, working with artist Steve McQueen, art historian Norman Bryson and philosopher-artist Sarat Marharaj. [13][14]


  1. ^ Publication. (May 19, 2002). Retrieved on 2014-02-01.
  2. ^ Balkema, Annette W.; Slager, Henk (2002). Concepts on the Move. Rodopi. pp. 93–. ISBN 90-420-1269-2.
  3. ^ "Our History". Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Queer and Now: The Queer Signifier at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre | Halferty | Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada. Retrieved on February 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Open Letter from Sue Golding Archived February 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF) . Retrieved on February 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Diva Diaries: What's a diva to do?. Retrieved on February 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Promiscuous Affections: 1984: Jan–Jun. Retrieved on May 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "CLGA: TBP/PTP Inventory".
  9. ^ "Golding (johnny de philo),Sue – e-Duke Books".
  10. ^ There's always one more technology of otherness: an inter(net)view by Joanna Zylinska | Golding. Culture Machine. Retrieved on February 1, 2014.
  11. ^ Book Reviews – On the Verge of Photography: Imaging Beyond Representation. Photomonitor (July 2, 2014). Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  12. ^ Speakers · Virtual Futures. Retrieved on February 1, 2014.
  13. ^ Retrieved on May 14, 2016.
  14. ^ Golding, Johnny (2014). "Ecce Homo Sexual: Ontology and Eros in the Age of Incompleteness and Entanglement". Parallax. 20 (3): 217–230. doi:10.1080/13534645.2014.927628.

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