Dr Christopher Horrocks

School: School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Position: Associate Professor


Chris Horrocks is a researcher, writer and lecturer who publishes widely on art and cultural theory. He graduated in Fine Art (Painting) in 1986 and gained an MA (RCA) in Cultural for History in 1991. He was recently awarded a PhD by Publication for his portfolio of texts published over the last 20 years. He is also involved with arts and science documentary filmmaking with the film production group hijack. His interests include electronic music and old time banjo. He lives and works in London.

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Research expertise

Chris Horrocks is a published authority on the work of theorist Jean Baudrillard, and the writer on media Marshall McLuhan. He has written on the art of Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, as well as lecturing on aspects of Japanese and Chinese contemporary art and technology. He recently edited and published a book on colour (Cultures of Colour, 2012) and has just completed the first book on the films of artists Gilbert & George (2013). He was also involved with hijack film production in research, writing and animating sequences of the critically acclaimed James Watt Workshop, Science Museum, London. He is currently working on a documentary film on the life and work of artist Eduardo Paolozzi, and researching a book on the cultural history of the television for Reaktion Books (2014).

Teaching areas & responsibilities

MA Course Director MA Art & Design History

Professional activity

  • 2012Evaluation panel member: Foundation for Science & Technology, Lisbon, Portugal. Social Sciences & Humanities
  • 2012Process Panel Member, Open University Validation Services, Havering College
  • 2009Panel Member, Open University Validation Services, Leeds College of Art
  • 2008 - 2012External Examiner, Richmond, The American University in London
  • 2006 - 2010External Examiner, Graphic Media Design, LCC
  • 2002 - 2005External Examiner, London Guildhall University

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2011PhD Kingston University
  • 1991MA(RCA) Cultural History Royal College of Art
  • 1986BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting) Bath Academy of Art

Research groups & programmes

Research supervision


Number of items: 16.


Horrocks, Christopher (2010) Press "Escape": the sad case of the death and virtual life of the Korean IT worker. Kiosk(4), pp. 58-63. ISSN (print) 1755-9626

Horrocks, Chris (2009) Was is das? Das ist der kultur-kompressor! KIOSK(3), pp. 20-26. ISSN (print) 1755-9626


Horrocks, Chris (2014) Genteel perversion: the films of Gilbert and George. Chicago, U.S. : Solar Books. 104p. ISBN 9780983248071

Horrocks, Chris and Jevtic, Zoran (2009) Introducing Foucault: a graphic guide. London : Icon Books. 177p. ISBN 9781848310605

Horrocks, Christopher (2000) Marshall McLuhan and virtuality. Cambridge, UK. : Icon Books. 80p. (Postmodern encounters) ISBN 1840461845

Book Section

Horrocks, Chris (2004) Andy Warhol and the strategic exile of the self. In: Everett, Wendy and Wagstaff, Peter, (eds.) Cultures of exile: images of displacement. New York : Berghahn Books. pp. 137-152. (Polygons: cultural diversities and intersections, no. 7) ISBN 1571815910

Horrocks, Christopher (2003) Marshall McLuhan and virtuality. In: Appignanesi, Richard, (ed.) The end of everything: postmodernism and the vanishing of the human. Cambridge, UK : Icon Books. pp. 189-237. ISBN 1840464216

Horrocks, Chris (2002) 'Real Japanese men play crazy rock 'n roll': the gorgerous phenomenon. In: Horrocks, Chris, (ed.) Tokyoglamrock: the work of Matsukage and Ujino. London : iMMprint. pp. 52-99. ISBN 190378106X

Horrocks, Chris (2000) You want to see? Well, take a look at this! Ethical vision, disembodiment and light in Marcel Duchamp's Etant Donnés. In: Lloyd, Fran and O'Brien, Catherine, (eds.) Secret spaces, forbidden places: rethinking culture. Oxford, U.K. : Berghahn Books. pp. 201-215. (Polygons: cultural diversities and intersections) ISBN 1571817891

Horrocks, Christopher (1999) Playing the game when the rules have been changed: the paintings of Bruce Russell. In: Russell, Bruce, (ed.) Bruce Russell GMT: glyphs, morphs and tropes. London, U.K. : Art Books International. pp. 5-25. ISBN 1899999094

Horrocks, Chris (1999) The sacralisation of sight: Brian McCann's 'Dusting the giant'. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) Dusting the Giant. London, U.K. : Pale Green Press. pp. 20-25. ISBN 0951431021

Conference or Workshop Item

Davis, Lennard J. [Speaker], Horrocks, Chris [Speaker] and Watson, Ben [Speaker] (2009) The future is tomorrow. In: The Future is Tomorrow; 21 Nov 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Barber, Stephen [Speaker], Davies, Rachel [Speaker], Horrocks, Chris [Speaker], Mancke, Carol [Speaker] and Maude-Roxby, Alice [Speaker] (2009) The art of intervention: Kingston University responses: Japanese mob. In: The art of intervention: critical perspectives on the intersections of private and public memory; 14 Feb 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Horrocks, Christopher [Curator of an exhibition] and Riding, Christine [Curator of an exhibition] (2008) The lure of the East: British Orientalist painting. The lure of the East: British Orientalist painting. , 4 Jun - 31 Aug 2008 , Tate Britain, London.

Moving Image/Broadcast

Horrocks, Christopher (2009) Dora Gordine: sculptor, designer, artist. (DVD).


Horrocks, C. W. (2011) Techno-theory: critiques of culture and technological being. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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James Watt Workshop,Science Museum, London. Multimedia installation by hijack.