I’m a writer, musician, artist and teacher interested in the concept and practice of utopia(nism); and more broadly in the relationship between affect, the commons/enclosure and place. Relatedly, I’m interested in the political/economic geographies of artistic practice and improvisation; critical pedagogy and popular education; the politics of (anti-/post-)work; and millenarianism and ruins.
I completed my PhD in the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham in 2013 and am currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Studies at the same institution. I am a member of Wasteland Twinning Nottingham; and make music as Zeit(t)raum, with Marie Thompson and in the band Surfacing. I also run the creative commons label Records on Ribs, which has released 30 albums over six years. As well as blogging on here I occasionally write for The Quietus.
I can be contacted on dmbell85 [at] gmail [dot] com.