Agnieszka Mlicka | 'artist in theory, researcher in practice'


Co-Responding/Corresponding: An Experimental Approach to Writing as Dialogic Practice

Writing is increasingly explored as a critical practice in contemporary art. Yet, it raises three important questions:

1. How is interdisciplinary research realised in academia through collaborative publishing?

2. What writing method or format can reflect collaborative art practice?

3. How can writing about painting 'proceed' with painting rather than describe painting?


In response to these three questions, I am currently testing a novel approach to academic writing. Instead of the standard approach in which a single author develops an argument in juxtaposition to other writing/practice, I have invited two authors for a correspondence on a specific issue, anticipating that a co-response will emerge. My role in this process is threefold: to define and frame a question which pushes the boundaries of the current discourse; to edit their writing in order to transform the conversation into a unifying co-response (one answer that contains two, probably conflicting, viewpoints); and to provide a conclusion which reflects on the collaborative writing process itself, thereby suggesting how an answer might be observed in the text in terms of its content and form.


In this experimental approach, the writing becomes and remains a platform for discussion rather than an individual's response. It is anticipated that the authors transcend their disciplinary knowledge and challenge each other through further questions and provocations. As a speculative method, I am particularly interested to what extent a conflictual situation can be created, and whether the authors will allow the writing to move beyond their own field of knowledge.


The first article following this model is currently under peer review with the Journal of Contemporary Painting, and we are awaiting how the paper will be received.


Published Articles, Book/Art Reviews and Dissertations

Painting Architecture: Towards a Practice-Led Research Methodology

Published in the academic peer-reviewed journal Studies in Material Thinking, 10, pp. 1-19, 2014


Book review of 'Painting with Architecture in Mind', ed. by Edward Whittaker and Alex Landrum

Published in Leonardo, 46 (5), p. 503, 2013


Painting as a Function of People and the City: A Conversation between Painters Frank Creber and Agnieszka Mlicka


The Neon in Nature: An Updated Understanding of Experiencing Landscape through Painting

A review of the work of the artist Martin Stynes.


Engaging Artists in the Debate on 21st Century Cities

Published on the RSA website, 1 July 2011


Drawing the City: Motives and Methods

MA Painting dissertation, Wimbledon College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, July 2007


The Intangible made Physical; Interview with Artist Katherine Lubar

Published in the Cherwell Newspaper, Oxford, 17 Feb 2006


The Psychology of the Interior

BA Fine Art dissertation, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, June 2006