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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

Visiting Experts: Tom McCarthy

Corpse, Corpus and Incorporation: a Syncopated Choreography

Tom McCarthy reads from his latest novel The Making of Incarnation and discusses the international exhibition he recently guest-curated at Oslo’s Kunstnernes Hus. Central to both is a fascination with the aesthetics — and the politics — of bodies in motion. From industrial assembly lines to patterns run in sports, from military drone control to algorithms dictating avatars’ behaviour in video games, the question of choreography, of controlled movement and its opposite, the sudden outbreaks of glitch, accident, or simply of dissent, are central to McCarthy’s work and those of the thinkers and artists in dialogue with whom this finds its shape.


Photo: Nicole Strasser

Tom McCarthy is a novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages and adapted for cinema, theatre and radio. His first novel, Remainder, won the 2008 Believer Book Award; his third, C, was a 2010 Booker Prize finalist, as was his fourth, Satin Island, in 2015. McCarthy is also author of the study Tintin and the Secret of Literature, and of the essay collection Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish. He contributes regularly to publications such as The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Harper’s and Artforum. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. His latest novel, The Making of Incarnation, was published in 2021.

McCarthy has held Visiting Professorships at the Royal College of Art London, Columbia University New York and Städelschule Frankfurt. He is the current Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute New Mexico. In 2019 he guest-curated the exhibition ‘Empty House of the Stare’ at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, and in 2022 a major exhibition, ‘Holding Pattern’, in Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, responding to the art institute’s invitation to explore the themes and motifs of his work. He lives in Berlin, where in 2019 he was a Fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program. Born in Scotland, he is now a Swedish citizen.

Visiting Experts

The open lecture is part of the Visiting Experts series where international experts in the arts and sciences, invited by the Theatre Academy, share their knowledge.


28.4.2023 at 17:30


Lecture room K-218, Academy of Fine Arts main building Mylly, Sörnäisten rantatie 19 Follow the lecture stream on zoom