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Dr Timothy Stott

Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary Art History

Research interests I am a historian of contemporary art, design, and visual culture. My research has previously focussed on the ‘social turn’ in art and design from the 1960s on. This research was published as Play and Participation in Contemporary Arts Practices in 2015 and in the journals Art History, Art Journal, and Journal of Design History. In 2019, I edited a special issue of Sculpture Journal on toys and modern sculpture. Current research focuses on ecocritical art and design history, the visual culture of science, and the contribution of art/design history to the environmental humanities. Current book projects include the monograph Buckminster Fuller’s World Game and Its Legacy for Routledge (forthcoming 2021), which studies the design strategies, gameplay, and modelling techniques of the World Game and related projects from the late 1960s to the present. I am co-editor of Nervous Systems: Art, Systems, and Politics since the 1960s for Duke University Press (forthcoming 2021), a collection of essays that expand the study of systems art to address race, gender, embodiment, and the politics of global networks and infrastructures. I am Chair (2020-23) of the Environmental Humanities Working Group for the Irish Humanities Alliance at the Royal Irish Academy.


Selected Research Publications

  • Buckminster Fuller’s World Game and Its Legacy, Routledge, forthcoming 2021.
  • Nervous Systems: Art, Systems, and Politics since the 1960s, co-edited with Johanna Gosse, Duke University Press, in press.
  • Review of Larry D. Busbea, The Responsive Environment: Design, Aesthetics, and the Human in the 1970s, Journal of Design History, forthcoming.
  • ‘Ecocritical Art History’, Art History 43, no. 3, May 2020, pp. 640-645.
  • ‘Systems in Play: Simon Nicholson’s Design 12 Course, University of California, Berkeley, 1966’, Journal of Design History 32, no. 3, September 2019, pp. 223–239.
  • ‘Ludic Pedagogies at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, 1966 to 1972’, in Kjetil Fallan, ed. The Culture of Nature in the History of Design, Abingdon: Routledge, 2019.
  • How Things Grow: Gabriel Orozco’s Samurai Tree: Invariants (2005)’, Art Journal 76, nos. 3-4, Fall 2017, pp. 32-47.
  • Dr. Stott on the TCD Research Support System

    Contact Details Department of History of Art and Architecture School of Histories and Humanities F.08, Provost's Stables Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin Dublin 2