School of the Arts, English and Drama

Postgraduate research

Assunta Ruocco

Photo of  Assunta Ruocco

Assunta Ruocco is an artist based in the UK.

She graduated from MA Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, London, in 2010 after studying art practice at Erg, Brussels. Assunta’s work has been recently shown at Bureau, Manchester and will be exhibited in Brussels at C-o-m-p-o-s-i-t-e in January 2014


Thesis Title: 

Autonomy and Automatism

Fundamental to my practice is a process-oriented and interdisciplinary examination of the contexts and economic frameworks where artists activities unfold, and of the measure in which objects emerging through artistic processes are shaped by a proliferation of agencies and collaborations between materials, machines, and people. For the past few years I have focused on the studio, or absence of a studio, as generative constraint and since 2011 I used the institutional structure of the School of the Arts at Loughborough University (UK) where I am doing a practice based PhD, and its artistic facilities, as the core of my work. 

The project is conceptually oriented towards a new articulation of the processes that take place within art practice, both resisting, and critiquing the notions of production and productivity.  In their place I offer an understanding of ‘activity’ as a non-teleological but contingently generative and immanent state encompassing all actors involved. Rule-making in this context acts as a strategy to enter in relation with materials, testing the concept of 'closure' to affect-driven interactions with materials from Reza Negarestani, and Foucault's ‘care of the self’ to problematise openness and chance operations within art practice.

A web-based part of the project is online at



Dr Gillian Whiteley