PhD, 2010, University of Chicago, Art History, Dissertation: "Never Alone, Except for Now: Mediated Collectivity in Networks," Committee: Darby English, Lauren Berlant, WJT Mitchell

Research Areas

Modern and Contemporary Art, Media Studies, Critical Theory, Affect Theory, Queer Theory, History of Photography


2017 Never Alone, Except for Now: An Art History of Networked Life (Durham: Duke University Press). 

2017, "Fake news isn't a truth problem, it's a personhood problem," Chapati Mystery,

2016 "The Painter of Dematerialization," The Journal of Visual Culture v. 15, n. 2 (August 2016).

2016 "Just More Than Zero," The Brooklyn Rail special issue on "Art Encounters Law," ed. Joan Kee.

2015 Exhibition review of “Ann Hamilton: The Common Sense,” The Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA. October 11, 2014–April 26, 2015,

2015 "The Persistence of Form," Open-Set, special issue co-edited with Christa Robbins (UVa),

2015 "Our Broken Genres: Sharon Hayes' Love Addresses," Afterall Special Issue on Sharon Hayes (Spring 2015).

2013 "I lose it when I...," catalogue essay for And Also With You, Pato Hebert, exhibition at St. Edward's University.

2013 "Gina Osterloh, Body Prop," catalogue essay for Group Dynamic, Gina Osterloh, exhibition at LACE Los Angeles.

2012 "No Faith in Form: a review of Claire Bishop's Artificial Hells," Reviews in Cultural Theory 3.2 (November 15).

2012 "Endurance," catalogue essay for Kara Walker: More & Less, exhibition at the Cooley Gallery, Reed College.

2011 "Without Reciprocity: Suffragists, Internet Trolls, and Sharon Hayes' 'Love Addresses'," Intelligent Agent 12.1: 43-47.

2010 "The Friend of the Friend," Transmission Annual: Hospitality, eds. Michael Corris et al., London: Artwords Press.

2008 "What Happens Next." Chicago Art Journal 18: 3-19.

2008 (with Nina Wakeford). "Fieldnotes in Public: Using Blogs for Research." In The Handbook of Online Research Methods, ed. Nigel Fielding et al., London: Sage Publications.

2006 "A Welcome for Blogs." Continuum 20:2: 161-173.

2006 "Beside Ourselves, Sometimes," commissioned essay for Pylon,

2005 "What Does the Photoblog Want?" Media, Culture & Society 27:6: 883-901.

2005 (with Thomson and Craighead). "The Wrong Categories." In Network Art: Positions and Practices, ed. Tom Corby, London: Routledge.

2005 "Better the data you know..." Day to Day Data exhibition catalogue. Nottingham: Angel Row Gallery (

2003 (with Sarah Cook). "Simon Pope: In Conversation with Kris Cohen and Sarah Cook." In Further, Artists from Wales, at the 50th International Art Exhibition Venice, ed. Emma Posey, London: Wales Arts International, (

2000 "Dialogue." Perspective Spring: 18-23.

1996 "Locating the Photographer's 'Prick'." Chicago Art Journal 6: 5-14.

Recent Conferences/Presentations/Papers

2017 Ordinary Media Symposium, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Paper: "Raster Politics: Charles Gaines."

2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, GA. Paper: "Graphicalization." Workshop participant: "Where is New Media Now?"

2015 Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Houston, TX. Paper: “Supervalent Screens,” for three-part session on “System Aesthetics.”

2014 Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Dallas, TX. Paper: "Statement in the Form of a Question: Search Engines and Thomson & Craighead's Beacon."

2014 Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA. Panel Co-chair "Video Art's Exemplarity (Approaches to Early Video). Paper: "Scrolling Seriality: A History."

2011 Cultural Studies Association, Chicago, IL. Paper: "The Laws of Dematerialization."

2011 College Art Assocation, New York City, NY. Paper: "Without Reciprocity: Suffragists, Internet Trolls, And Sharon Hayes' 'Love Addresses'"

2008 Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, IL. Paper: "Statement in the Form of a Question."

2008 Midwest Art History Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Paper: "Encounter Non-Critical: Form and Flickr."

2007 American Studies Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Paper: "Photographs in Common."

2007 Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Portland, OR. Paper: "Voiceless Speech and Viral Ordinariness."

Invited Lectures

2017 Willamette University, Paper: “Toneless.”

2015 University of Washington Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, Panel Discussion: “Art World Systems: Network, Medium, Platform,” Francis Halsall, Kris Cohen, and Johanna Gosse in conversation.

2015 Bennington College, Paper: “Search Engine Subjectivities.”

2105 Zena Zezza (Portland, OR.), Anthony McCall, Exhibition, Public talk: “Systems.”

2013 Goldsmiths College, Paper: "Participation/Industry."

2011 California Institute of Technology, "Networkshop: Networks in Modern and Contemporary Art." Paper: "Contractually Yours (Parenthetically Everyone's): Felix Gonzalez-Torres' Candy Spills and Diacritics for Tone-Deaf Networks."

2009 Goldsmiths, University of London Symposium "Atmospheres of Participation: Art, Media, Politics." Paper: "Intimacy without Reciprocity (Suffragists, Internet Trolls, and Sharon Hayes' Love Letters)."

2006 Slade School of Fine Art. Paper: "Voiceless Speech and Viral Ordinariness."

2006, 2005 University of Westminster, Masters Degree Course in Visual Culture, London. Paper: "The Contemporary Photographic Public Sphere."

2004, 2003 Oxford Internet Institute, Summer Doctoral Programme, Oxford University, UK. Visiting Lectureship: Online Photography and Photoblogging.