Dr Boris Čučković Berger - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Dr Boris Čučković Berger

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Dr Boris Čučković Berger

Associate Lecturer in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art

Boris works on critical studies of art and technology. He is Associate Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where he delivers courses related to media practices of contemporary art; Cold War period criticism and theory; and the methodological frameworks of art history.

His research focuses on the cultural status of digital production and its transformations in historical contexts such as the 2008 financial crisis or the emerging socio-technical conditions of platform economies.

Boris published widely on topics in art history and new media studies such as: the open source cultural practices; digitally produced sculptures; and art engaged with workspace infrastructure. He holds degrees in both art history and information science from the universities of Zagreb, Leiden, Amsterdam and London.

Teaching Experience

  • BA2 Frameworks for Interpretation, course covenor, 2019-20.
  • BA2 Cold War Art, Criticism, Theory, 2018-19; 2019-20; 2020-21.
  • BA3 Modern, Postmodern and Digital Photography, special option course, 2018-19; 2019-2020.
  • Undergraduate Dissertations and Assessed Essay supervision and marking.
  • MA Core Methodologies, 2015-16; 2016-17; 2017-18; 2018-19.


  • 2019 PhD in the History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    • Dissertation Title: ‘A Digital Disenchantment: Source Materials in Western Art after the 2008 Financial Crisis’.
    • Supervised by Professor Julian Stallabrass and Dr Josephine Berry.
  • 2014 MPhil (distinction) in Visual Arts, Media and Architecture, VU Amsterdam.
  • 2011 MA (distinction) Art History: Modern and Contemporary, Leiden University.
  • 2009 BA (Rector’s Award) double major: Art History & Information Sciences, University of Zagreb

Research interests

  • Media practices in contemporary art
  • Methodologies of art history
  • Political aesthetics
  • Art in the gig economy

Invited Lectures and Panels

  • Panellist on the Research Webinar ‘Geoaesthetics: Art in Unstable Milieux’,
    with Irit Rogoff and Anthony Iles, Royal College of Art, May 5th, 2020.
  • Panellist on ‘What Do We Do When We Do Art History?’, discussion after the film screenings on Georges Didi-Huberman and Svetlana Alpers, with Steffen Haug and Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra, Birkbeck Cinema, February 9th, 2019.
  • Panel chair: ‘Capitalism and Crisis’ on Imagining the Apocalypse conference, the Courtauld Institute of Art, October 18th-19th, 2019.
  • Guest lecture: ‘Capitalist Porosity: Digital Production in Post-crisis Art’, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, organised by Dr Sven Lütticken, February 14th, 2018.
  • Panel chair: ‘Is Digital Art History More or Less Disciplined?’ on the Mellon-funded conference Art History: Undisciplined, the Courtauld Institute of Art, June 19th-20th, 2018.
  • Guest lecture: ‘There and Back Again: The Status of Digital Production in Contemporary Art’, King’s College London, graduate programme in Digital Culture and Society chaired by Dr Sara Marino, February 2nd, 2018.

Conference papers (selection)

  • ‘A Window to Capital: Amazon Mechanical Turk and the Aesthetic Conditions of Critique.’ Full paper at the College Arts Association (CAA) annual conference, session topic Between Conformism and Subversion: Aesthetic Strategies and the Problem of the Political in Contemporary Art, New York, February 15th – 18th, 2017.
  • ‘Where Representation meets Agency: The Idol in Modern Art.’ Full presentation at the international conference on Presence and Agency: Rhetorics, Aesthetics and the Experience of Art. Leiden (the Netherlands): LUCAS, Leiden University Center for the Arts and Humanities in Society, December 13th – 15th 2012.
  • ‘Performing (with) Sculptures: Fluid, Sound and the Digital.’ Full presentation at the international conference Spaces of Identity in the Performing Sphere with Igor Dvorščak. Zagreb (Croatia): Organizing committee of the project »Discursive Identity in the Performing arts: Bodies, Personae, Intersubjects«, February 11th – 14th 2010.
  • ‘Open Source in Art: Originality, Art Process and Digital Preservation.’ Full presentation at the international conference INFuture2009: Digital Resources and Knowledge Sharing. Zagreb (Croatia): Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb and IBM Croatia, November 4th – 6th 2009.
  • ‘Sculpture Between the Material and Non-material – Analysing Sculpture Materialized by Digital Technology.’ Full presentation at the symposium Original in Sculpture. Klanjec (Croatia): MHZ – Antun Augustinčić Gallery, July 4th – 6th 2008.

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