The VMC Research Group at Northumbria provides a dynamic hub for researchers and students engaged with the historical and theoretical analysis of art, culture, design, museums and architecture. The group acts as a forum to bring together researchers across the university and offers an annual programme of events relating to current issues in visual and material culture research
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Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson is a contemporary art curator and collaborative artist. He is the curator at IMT Gallery, London, since its formation in 2005. His research is primarily focused on collaborative art making, investigational curating and intermedia practice, especially as derived from his research into the tape experiments of William S. Burroughs. Ongoing art collaborations include his work with Allan Hughes as the fictional games companies Blue Mountain Miniatures and Arcturus Games; his involvement in performances, texts and video work as part of the mythopoetic fiction Plastique Fantastique (with David Burrows, Simon O’Sullivan, Alex Marzeta, Vanessa Page and others); and artistic responses as part of NEUSCHLOSS (with Fiona Crisp, Charles Danby, Allan Hughes, Tom O’Sullivan, Joanne Tatham and others).  
At Northumbria, Mark teaches into both BA Fine Art, where he is the module lead for History and Theory of the Visuals Arts, and MA Cultural & Creative Industries Management, where he is the module lead for Galleries & Visual Arts. on the MA Cultural & Creative Industries Management programme. He supervises a number of postgraduate research students at the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, whose topics include cybernetic mysticism; curatorial approaches, activities and attitudes within the practice of contemporary art; speculative practices and storytelling; and performing philosophy/philosophising performance. 
Mark studied Fine Art at the University of East London and the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and completed his doctorate at University of the Arts London in the Centre for Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) at London College of Communication. He spent six years teaching as an Associate Lecturer on the MA Sound Arts at LCC and a year on the Fine Art staff at Southampton Solent before joining Visual and Material Cultures at Northumbria in 2014. He was the curator of the university’s Gallery North from 2014 to 2018 and became a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria in 2016.  
For a list of recent exhibitions and other activities visit:  
For IMT Gallery visit: https://www.imagemusictext.com