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Job title:

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art History

Role:

Programme Director (MA) Fine Art

Office:

Hunter Building, Rm 0.53

Office hours:

By appointment

Biography

Cole Collins (he/him) works on queer, feminist and working-class German art, artistic movements, activism and politics.

He received his PhD from Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh in 2018, working on the representations of women in the collages of Kurt Schwitters, after which he took up a fellowship at the Hans and Sophie Taeuber-Arp Stiftung.

Upon moving to Munich, Cole worked as a tour guide, after which he joined the team of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich as visiting lecturer. Between 2021 and 2022, he was lecturer of art and architectural histories at the Technical University Munich.

He has curated small exhibitions in Munich and is currently working on an exhibition of queer collage and another on the photography of Jürgen Baldiga.

Cole is also the co-convenor and co-founder of the Collage Research Network and serves as an editor to the Kurt Schwitters Society Journal.

Teaching

Cole is currently Programme Director of the Fine Arts - MA (Hons) degree, with Kevin Dagg. And is teaching courses related to German modern and contemporary art.

Cole has taught art and architectural histories at the Technical University of Munich and has held visiting lectureships at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Academy of Fine Arts Munich and Passau University.

Research

Cole has published in the Kurt Schwitters Society Journal on the artist's poetry and collages, as well as arguing for his importance as a political artist.

He is the editor of Compressed Utterances: Collage in a Germanic Context after 1912, published with Peter Lang in 2022. 

He is currently completing his manuscript Envisaging Alternatives: Representations of Women in Kurt Schwitters' Collages, which builds on the work carried out in his PhD. 

He has also published on German artists Anna Oppermann and Michael Bause.

He has organised conferences, symposia and workshops, including Composite Forms: Collage, Montage, Assemblage, 1700-Present (2018) and Disrupting Narratives: New Perspectives on Collage (a postgraduate workshop, 2019) both held at the Edinburgh Collage of Art, and in 2020, Queering Collage and in 2022 at TUM in collaboration with University of Bristol, Collage, Architecture and Space.

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