Academic Writing

Selected essays from my academic career. If you want to read any in full then email me at alexw1712@gmail.com.


Regional Identity as Presented in National, International, and Global Contexts at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

The history of Birmingham and Black Country identities as told by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The essay looks at how that narrative has adapted over time and changed from a skeptical, ostracising view of the region, to one that is more inclusive.

Art, Lies, and Populism

My masters dissertation exploring the ways that reality is represented within art and visual culture and how this may inform museum activism in a populist, Post-Truth era. This piece of writing offers three strategies employed by artworks that resemble strategies in Post-Truth and use two case studies, a Russian viral video and a fictional archive, to stage them.

Archiving Netflix

This series of episodic essays take Netflix and theorise the object of netflix, how it may be exhibited in an art space, and what it would mean to preseve Netflix. Each episode takes a new archival or exhibiting issue and considers the problems and practical solutions.

Live Art, Ecology, and Technology

How does art activism change people’s minds? Taking three case studies, this essay investigates that question in relation to ecology and technology, arguing in the process that the two are more interlinked than the binary we have constructed around the two suggests.

Research and Development in Theatre

Theatre loves to use the term R&D, but what does that term mean for other industries? This essay uses a cross-industry standards guide, the Frascati Manual to look at how theatre conducts R&D and why it is overlooked for government R&D funds and support.

5 shorts on anti-capitalism, feminism, legitimisation, and performance archiving.

A series of blog posts that sat alongside my studies. These middle 5, in my eyes, being the strongest. The first 2 focus on the cross-over between feminisms and anti-capitalism. The middle post looks at the concept of legitimisation. The final two investigate archives and look at the link with performance.

Tabletop Role Playing Games as an Agent of Social Change

Violent games don’t cause violence, but just like other pieces of art and media, they can change how you think. This essay looks at the positive and negative ways that Tabletop RPGs can influence how people think and see the world through the use of game reward structures.

Macbeth, The Audience, and What Shadows: Real People made Fictional

What are the ethics and what are the effects of depicting real events in a fiction? What is the playwright’s ethical responsibility and what can a playwright with or without an agenda accomplish by doing so?