Paul Goodfellow

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Paul Goodfellow’s current research explores how we have shifted our attention from a material engagement with the Earth to a primary engagement with systems which describe and simulate the Earth. He describes this shift in attention to secondary information as the Post-Systems Condition, which manifests as a deep longing or saudade for a lost nature. More broadly, he is interested in the systemic and relational ideas of Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour and Niklas Luhmann which emphasize process and how these ideas contrast with Graham Harman’s Object-oriented ontology which reasserts the independence of withdrawn objects.

Paul has presented his work at both conferences and exhibitions including ISEA (Istanbul), Transart Film Festival (Berlin), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei) and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle). He has published articles in Garageland, Arts journal and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the research group The Cultural Negotiation of Science, and the international research network Substantial Motion.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Art, Northumbria University

    Art as a Distributed Ecosystem: Mapping the limits of systems-based art

    1 Oct 2012 - 4 Feb 2018
  • MA, Animation, Bournemouth University

    Digital Special Effects

    1 Sep 1998 - 31 Aug 1999
  • MSc, Geography, University of Edinburgh

    Geographical Information Systems

    1 Sep 1991 - 31 Aug 1992
  • BSc (Hons), Environmental Studies/Science, University of East Anglia

    Development Studies

    1 Sep 1988 - 5 Jul 1991