Kamini Vellodi’s research explores the intersections between modern and contemporary continental philosophy, the philosophy and historiography of art history, and sixteenth century painting in Italy. She specialises in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, and her recent publications have focused on the conceptual, methodological and critical implications of Deleuze and Guattari’s work, and its philosophical lineage, for the practice of art history.
Her monograph, Tintoretto’s Difference. Deleuze, Diagrammatics and Art History, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2018. The book explores the philosophical problem of difference in art history. Bringing together philosophical, art historical, art theoretical and art historiographical analysis, it considers the implications of Deleuze's constructivism for the understanding of early modern art, and for the discipline of art history. The book invests Tintoretto’s practice in a critical study of art history's methods, concepts, modes of thought and major categories (such as time), and some of the fundamental dimensions of its scholarly practice: context, tradition, influence, and fact, setting out to articulate a new avenue for a philosophical art history.
Kamini's current book project, The Visual World of Deleuze and Guattari, is a collection of about 85 short essays on the numerous visual artists discussed and analysed by Deleuze and Guattari. It will be the first comprehensive overview of the visual artists and works of visual art that they discuss and which are key to their philosophy, from Byzantine painting to Keiichi Tahara. The book will offer a holistic sense of the pivotal role of visual art in their thought, whilst exploring and playfully reinventing the form and function of the 'dictionary of ideas'.
Kamini joined ECA in September 2016. Prior to this she lectured across departments of Art History, Visual Culture, Philosophy and Fine Art at Exeter University; Goldsmiths University of London; Kingston University, London and the University of Westminster. In recent years she has been visiting lecturer at Parsons School of Art, New York, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art, London, and is an honorary lecturer at Exeter University. Kamini has a PhD in Philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University (completed under the supervision of Prof. Peter Osborne and Prof. Eric Alliez), and Postgraduate and Undergraduate degrees in Fine Art (Painting) from the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, London.
Kamini is also a practising artist, and her work across theory and practice is invested in the conjunctions of art’s thought with the thought of art in philosophy, theory and art history. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in the UK, Europe and India, (ICA, London; Bloomberg Space, London; Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Asia House, London) and her work is held in numerous public and private collections (BBC art collection, Royal College of Art Collection, Sammlung Essl (Vienna), Asia House (London)). She has written extensively for the contemporary art press (Contemporary, Modern Painters, Tate Etc, ArtReview, MAP) and worked as a Visual Arts editor for Contemporary and Kultureflash.
Kamini is an editorial board member of Art History.
Kamini is REF coordinator for Unit 32 (Art, Design, and History of Art).
Kamini teaches across Visual Culture and studio practice in the School of Art. Her teaching is motivated both by the intersections of philosophy and art practice, and the meeting of art’s history with the contemporaneity of art practice. Kamini coordinates the 1st year Visual Culture course. She also teaches on the MAFA Fine Art/History of Art programme, on the postgraduate Contemporary Art Theory and Contemporary Art Practices programme, and across the Visual Culture programme.
20th century continental philosophy and theory; Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari; the philosophy of art history; 15-16th century Italian painting and visual arts.
‘Unhistorical Art History: The Case of Amico Aspertini’ in ‘Newest Art History: Wohin geht die jüngste Kunstgeschichte?’ Verband österreichischer Kunsthistorikerinnenund Kunsthistoriker (VöKK) Vienna. 2017, 50-75
Kamini welcomes enquiries from PhD applicants interested in her specialist research areas, which include:
The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari; contemporary continental philosophy and critical theory; philosophy of art history; art historiography and methodology; new methodological approaches to early modern visual culture; 16th century Italian visual arts, particularly the visual arts of Venice; Jacopo Tintoretto.