The 20th of February the department and the DH-program will be reinforced with at new Associate senior lecturer/Assistant Professor, Amanda Wasielewski.

Amanda Wasielewski’s writing and research investigates the use of digital technology in relation to art/visual culture and spatial practice. Her recent focus has been on the use of artificial intelligence techniques for the analysis and creation of art and other visual media.

Wasielewski has a background as a practicing artist, which has informed much of her research. She has exhibited her videos and installations internationally and was a resident artist at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She holds an MA in Fine Art (Media) from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London and received her MPhil and PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Wasielewski recently completed a postdoctoral position in Art History at Stockholm University. As a postdoc in the Metadata Culture group working within the project “Sharing the Visual Heritage” (funded by the Swedish Research Council), she focused on the impact of digital tools in art historical scholarship and collections.

Wasielewski is the author of three books: Made in Brooklyn: Artists, Hipsters, Makers, Gentrifiers (Zero, 2018), From City Space to Cyberspace: Art, Squatting, and Internet Culture in the Netherlands (Amsterdam University Press, 2021), and Computational Formalism: Art History and Machine Learning (MIT Press, 2023). In addition to this, her recently published articles concern not only artificial intelligence but also the historiography of digital humanities/digital art history and the history, theory, and practice of creating virtual environments.

Wasielewski has also held a number of teaching positions. Over the last two years, she taught visual studies, digital humanities, and Swedish art history courses at Stockholm University. She was a docent in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam (Media & Information), where her courses focused on social media studies and the impact of the gig economy. She was also an adjunct professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY, where she taught modern architectural history, and at Lehman College in New York, where she taught the history of modern art in Europe and North America.

Amanda’s teaching and research expertise will principally be put to use in the DH programme courses focused on visuality, visual analysis, heritage data and heritage institutions and she will benefit these courses significantly. We are looking forward to get to know Amanda and hope she will thrive and enjoy working at the Department of ALM!