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Dr John Hill

Programme Leader
School of Art & Design

Dr John Hill is an artist, curator and writer, with a BA in drawing from Camberwell College, University of the Arts London.

As a founding member of the collective LuckyPDF, he has had work exhibited internationally and been commissioned by major UK institutions, including Hayward Gallery and Frieze Foundation. In 2017 he led the Studio of the Visiting Artist at AVU, the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague and curated their 2019 Diploma show Nejkrásnější věk. In 2020 he was invited to host the Student Forum at Berlin's transmediale festival. 

His writing has appeared In Frieze Magazine, PARSE Journal, Artalk and Camera Austria International. 

He has a PhD in Fine Art, which explores artistic collaboration inspired by cybernetics and network technology. His studies were undertaken with LJMU's Uses of Art group, a partner of the L’Internationale museum network.



Fine Art Theory and Practice, PhD. – Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Fine Art Theory and Practice, MPhil – Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Drawing, BA – Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, UK


Professional Activities: 

2018 - 2023 – Prague City University, lecturer

2019 – curating, Diplomová výstava, AVU, Prague

2017 – Visiting artist Studio, AVU, Prague

2016 – Liverpool John Moores University, Fine Art Bachelors/Masters - graduate teaching assistant

2009-2015 – Flat Time House, London – Education Officer

2014 – Flat Time House, London – Acting Director



2020 – Student Forum, Transmediale, Berlin

2019 – Nejkrásnější věk (curator), Diplomová výstava, AVU, Prague

2019 – Associate Artist, Conditions, Croydon

2017 – Beyond Dispute (with the AVU students), Ateliér hostujícího pedagoga Šaloun, AVU, Prague

2017 – Favourbank (with Lou Marcellan), Diaspores, London

2016 – Director (with John Bloomfield) Datatrail (short)

2016 – Co-curator: The Shift, Flat Time House, London

2015 – Co-chair (with Dr Cadence Kinsey): Semiautomatic Images: Making Art 

2015 – Internet. CAA 103rd Annual Conference, New York

2014 – director: Cinema6, Arcadia Missa, London

2013 – curating: You Screen I Screen Unscreen Sunscreen, Library+, London



2020 – De-platformization, Ethics and Alternative Social Media, Display, Prague

2019 – In conversation with Ivana Momčilović, Display/MeetFactory, Prague

2018 – Relatable Content, Ideal Prostor, Prague

2016 – Participant: Machine Research, Constant/transmediale, Bruxelles

2016 – Participant: Overwhelming Imagination conference, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing

2016 – visiting artist: Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London

2016 – visiting artist: Speculative Beaching, Diaspores Festival, RCA, London

2016 – visiting pedagogue: Camberwell College of Arts, London

2016 – visiting pedagogue: MA Curation, Criticism and Culture, Central St Martins, London

2016 – visiting pedagogue: BA Mixed Media Fine Art, University of Westminster, London

2016 – visiting pedagogue: BA Fine Art Critical Practice, University of Brighton

2015 – Keynote Project: PARSE Biennial Conference: Time, University of Gothenburg

2015 – visiting artist: attRAct for Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy, London

2015 – visiting artist: The International, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam

2015 – visiting artist: Chelsea College of Arts, London

2015 – visiting pedgogue: Slade School of Art, UCL, London

2014 – visiting artist: Slash: hybrid ecologies and audiences today. Witte de With

2014 – Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

2014 – visiting artist: AAActions No3: Economic Aesthetics. Architecture Association, London

2014 – visiting pedagogue: MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London

2013 – Keynote Project: Semiautomatic Images. Digital / Moving Image summer school

2013 – University of Warwick, Coventry

2013 – visiting pedagogue: Unit X, Manchester Metropolitan University


Exhibitions and projects (selection):

2018 - Independent Networks, Museo Jumex, Mexico City 

2014 – MIRRORCITY, Hayward Gallery, London

2014 – Exodic, metamatic: TAF, Athens

2014 – Art Post Internet, UCCA, Beijing

2013 – Open Heart Surgery, Moving Museum, London

2013 - V22 Collection Show, V22, London

2013 – A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, ICA Off-site, London

2012 – LePDF.ch, Les Urbaines 2012, Lausanne

2012 – LuckyPDF/Fred artist-brand collaboration, Grouphab.it, Berlin

2012 – Paraproduction, BN Gallery, Amsterdam

2012 – Young London, V22, London

2012 – School of Global Art: Down Under, Next Wave 2012, Melbourne

2012 – Remote Control, ICA, London

2012 – Samsung Art+ award, BFI Southbank, London

2011 – WORD OF MOUTH, 3rd Athens Biennale MONODROME, Athens

2011 – Live from Frieze, LuckyPDF TV, Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London

2011 – Android Crabs: dedicated to our friend Pierre Huyghe, PAMI 2011, MOCA, London

2011 – BYOB Venezia, Accademia Di Belle Arti, Venice

2011 – Tetragram for Gathering, Detroit Gallery, Stockholm

2011 – The Conservatory, Barbican Art Gallery, London

2011 – Woodmill at Artprojx Cinema, The Armory, New York

2011 – Tank.tv Project Space, Online Video Submission of BYOB, London

2011 – BYOB London, The Woodmill, London

2011 – Sleep Faster. Arcadia Missa, London

2011 – LuckyPDF TV. Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham


Publications (selection):

  • Wom*n – Rose – Song – Bone (review), Spike Magazine, 2021
  • Compassion Fatigue (review), artalk.cz, 2021
  • Fotograf Festival X: Uneven Ground (review), Camera Austria International, 2020
  • Relations of the undercommons, in: The Constituent Museum, Valiz/L’internationale, 2018
  • Don’t just sit there shouting at the television, in: Machine Research, APRJA journal, University of Aarhus, 2017
  • Curating the Time-Base (with Claire Louise Staunton), in: Time, PARSE journal (special issue), University of Gothenburg, 2016
  • Autopoiesis: social and anti-social machines, in: Overwhelming Imagination (conference publication), Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, 2016
  • BBQ as event (catalogue essay), in: Rafaela Lopez Art-O-Rama, Marseille
  • Living Sculpture, in: A lesson in sculpture with John Latham. Henry Moore institute, Leeds, 2016
  • Zero Dimensional Space in: of a final account in formation, Renaro/MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2014
  • Postcard from Kosice, Frieze, London, 2013
  • An encounter with Flat Time in: NOIT–1, Flat Time House, London, 2013
  • Image as Object, in: How to sleep faster, no.3. Arcadia Missa, London, 2012
  • Five Videos: Sincerely Yours. Rhizome.org, New York, 2012
  • The internet is my artschool, in: Paraproductions (catalogue), BN Gallery, Amsterdam, 2012
  • Politics and hashtags, in: How to sleep faster, no.1. Arcadia Missa, London, 2011
  • There is nothing wrong with your television set, in: Inside, YH485 Press, Great Yarmouth, 2010


Catalogues and research:

  • Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014 - ISBN 9781616892685
  • The New Economy of Art: Value, Patronage and Emerging Business Models in Contemporary Visual Art, DACS & Artquest, 2014 - ISBN 9780954815813
  • TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television, Intellect Books and University of Chicago Press, 2014 - ISBN 9781783201815
  • 2012 – School of Global Art: Down Under, Next Wave 2012, Melbourne2012
  •   this is a stand in for a solid (2013) - http://www.thisisastandinforasolid.co.uk/ -Project with UCL History of Art and Slade School of Art student, run with Dr. Cadence Kinsey and supported by Flat Time House and a UCL e-Leaning development grant.
  • School of Global Art: Down Under (2012) - http://dismagazine.com/dystopia/32951/ lucky-pdf-school-of-global-art/ - Commissioned by Next Wave Festival 2012. Supported by the British Council and dis magazine.
  • LuckyPDF TV (2010 – 2012) - http://www.luckypdf.com/tv/ - Commissioned by: Mill24, Islington Mill, Salford; Yes Way, Auto Italia South East, London; and Frieze Foundation, Frieze Art Fair, London.


PhD Fine Art Theory and Practice, Liverpool John Moores University

BA (Hons) Drawing (first class), Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London