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Boris Čučković Berger

PhD Candidate & Teaching Assistant


Material Regimes of Digital Production:

The Emancipation of Source Materials in Western Art after the 2008 Financial Crisis

Supervised by Prof. Julian Stallabrass and Dr Josephine Berry.

CHASE AHRC funding award (2014-2017); and the Courtauld Scholarship.

Boris’s research project explores the contemporary idea of the artwork and the way in which its material embodiment is affected by two crucial post-2008 contexts: the socio-historical experience of the financial crisis and the long-anticipated advent of digital production in the art world. His project identifies a tendency to aesthetically emancipate the status of source materials in recent artistic practice, including Louis Henderson’s appropriation of YouTube videos of American police shootings (Black Code/Code Noir, 2015), Yuri Pattison’s collection of window-views outsourced through Amazon Mechanical Turk (Outsourced Views, Visual Economies, 2013-2014), or SUPERFLEX’s ‘open source’ manufacture of Sol LeWitt’s 1972 wall structure (Free Sol LeWitt, 2010).

Boris is developing an approach to such contemporary works as constellations of source materials in which the arrangement of digital networks, social relations and material production offer a means of interpreting the cultural perception of economy in the wake of the 2008 crisis.


  • 2012 – 2014 MPhil (distinction) in Visual Arts, Media and Architecture, VU Amsterdam. Thesis on SUPERFLEX supervised by Sven Lütticken.
  • 2010 – 2011 MA (distinction) Art History: Modern and Contemporary, Leiden University. Thesis on open source cultural production supervised by Eric C.H. de Bruyn.
  • 2006 – 2009 BA (Rector’s Award) double major: Art History & Information Sciences, University of Zagreb


  • TA in MA Core Methodology, The Courtauld, 2015-16 and 2016-17. 
  • 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, 2nd February 2017.
  • Seminar session at Caroline Levitt’s BA course ‘Techniques and Meanings in Twentieth Century Art’, 19th November 2014.

Publications (selection)

  • The Open Source Cultural ObjectGrounds for the Political Aesthetics of Cultural Commons in the Post-medium Condition (2014). Leonardo Electronic Almanac, special issue Red Art: New Utopias in Data Capitalism. Edited by Julian Stallabrass, Susane Jaschko and Lanfranco Aceti, MIT Press, ISBN 978-1-906897-28-4, pp. 22-42.
  • The Contemporary Challenge of Specificity (2012). The Edgar Wind Journal, Oxford University: Hillary Term 2012, pp. 27-29.
  • Autonomy Today (2012). TkH Journal for Performing Arts Theory 20: special issue Art and Public Good. Edited by Bojana Cvejić and Marko Kostanić, Belgrade: TkH Platform, pp. 16-21.
  • Performing (with) Sculptures: Expanding the Field of Sculpture with Fluid and Sound (2011). Spaces of Identity in the Performing Sphere, international conference proceedings. Edited by Sibila Petlevski and Goran Pavlić, Zagreb: Fraktura and the Academy of Performing Arts in Zagreb, ISBN:978-953-97568-2-4, 257-272.
  • On Digitally Created Sculpture: The Problem of the Original, the Model and Unique Pieces (2010). (Croatian title: Razmatranje skulpture ostvarene digitalnom tehnologijom: problem originala, modela i unikata.) Annals of the Antun Augustinčić Gallery, vol. 28/29: Original in Sculpture. Edited by Božidar Pejković, Klanjec (Croatia): MHZ, Antun Augustinčić Gallery, ISSN: 0352-1826, pp. 271-288.

Research interests

  • Political aesthetics
  • Media practices in contemporary art
  • Methodologies of art history

Conference papers

  • ‘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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