Tom Holert is an art historian and cultural critic, former editor of Texte zur Kunst and co-publisher of Spex magazine. He currently lives in Berlin. Until September 2011 he has taught and conducted research (as professor of epistemology and art production methodology) at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Holert is a protagonist of the emerging artistic research discourse and an internationally renowned scholar who moves in a wide array of academic, para-academic and cultural fields. He co-chaired the centre for art/knowledge research (CAK) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna where he worked on artistic research, art in knowledge-based societies and artistic epistemology; he also co-developed and co-coordinated a new doctoral program for artists at the Academy (PhD in Practice); since 2006 he increasingly aligns historical and critical praxis with cultural and artistic production.
Holert regularly contributes to journals and newspapers such as Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, e-flux journal, Camera Austria. Among his recent publications are a book on migration and tourism (Fliehkraft: Gesellschaft in Bewegung—von Migranten und Touristen, with Mark Terkessidis, Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2006), a monograph on Marc Camille Chaimowicz’ 1972 installation Celebration? Realife (London: Afterall/MIT Press, 2007), a collection of chapters on visual culture and politics (Regieren im Bildraum, Berlin: b_books, 2008) and a reader on the visual culture of pedadgogy (Das Erziehungsbild. Zur visuellen Kultur des Pädagogischen, Vienna: Schlebrügge.Editor, 2010, ed. with Marion von Osten). Holert’s last film, Carrying Pictures (2010), has been included in the 8th Gwangju Bienniale and has been invited to Forum Expanded (Berlin International Film Festival, 2011)