Zeigam Azizov

13 April 1963-Born in Salyan (Azerbaijan, former USSR). Since 1992 lives and works in London (UK).


2016-Doc.Phil, Klagenfurt University , Austria

2008-2012-PhD (candidate), Goldsmiths University of London

2012-MPhil (Art), Royal College of Art, London, UK

2000-MA Contemporary Art, Le Magasin, Grenoble, France

1998-MA in Modern Continental Philosophy, Staffordshire University, UK

Awards and nominations

2006 – Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Visual Arts (nomination), UK

2006 – Decibel Awards for Artists (shortlist), UK

2005 – Digital Media Arts Bursary, Artsadmin, UK

2003 – DAAD, Academic Art Exchange, Germany

Professional Experience (selected)

2008 to present – VL, Klagenfurt University, Austria https://campus.aau.at/visitenkarte?atoken=-322840714

2007 to present-Contributing Editor, Moscow Art magazine http://moscowartmagazine.com/en/about

2010 – 2012 – Lecturer in Visual Arts, Aberdeen University

2006 – 2011 – Lecturer in Fine Art Practice, Central St Martins College of Art and Design

2008 – 2010 – Lecture in Fine Art Practice, Goldsmiths University of London

1989 to present-Practicing Artist, presenting exhibitions, teaching, undertaking commissions and curatorial projects internationally

Selected talks and conferences

2021- Is a ‘Post’ in ‘Post-human’ the Same as a ‘Trans’ in ‘Trans-human’? in the conference Posthuman Mimesis: Embodiment, Affect, Contagion, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven

2020-Russification project, From Alexandria to Tokyo: Art, Colonialism and Entangled Histories, Mori Art Museum and Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/online-event/conference/alexandria-tokyo

2019 – Trans-imitation: translating imitation and derushage as a new image of thought, The Mimetic Condition: A Transdisciplinary Approach conference, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium http://www.homomimeticus.eu/2019/11/25/workshop-the-mimetic-condition-a-transdisciplinary-approach/

2019-Trans-imitation: from representation of truth to its imitation: Bernard Stiegler’s notion of ‘derushage’ as a new mimesis, “Truth, Fiction, Illusion, Worlds and Experience” conference, APL Annual Meeting co-organized with Theory, Culture and Society to be held 29 May – 2 June, 2019 at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria

2019- The incompleteness of the subject as a constant reminder and a fuzzy ontology,  Baku Book Centre, Baku AZ

2019- Art in the Age of Pharmacological Translations, Ta(r)dino 6 Art Centre, Baku, AZ

2018-Without Origins: Husserl’s temporal objects in the light of non-essentialist thinking, the  British Society for Phenomenology annual conference, the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK https://www.britishphenomenology.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/BSP-Conference-Booklet-2018.pdf

2017- A Temporal Order of Things: Husserl’s ‘temporal objects’ and the (industrial)   temporalisation of consciousness, the  British Society for Phenomenology annual conference, Brighton University, Brighton, UK https://www.britishphenomenology.org.uk/bsp-podcast-zeigam-azizov-a-temporal-order-of-things-husserls-temporal-objects-and-the-industrial-temporalisation-of-consciousness/

2016-Time in the accusative case, Playtime conference,   University of Arts,London and Stuart Hall Foundation, London, UK https://www.victoria-miro.com/news/329

2015-Three films by Zeigam Azizov,  Screening . talk and discussion with Viktor  Misiano, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan http://yarat.az/index.php?lang=en&page=46&yrtEventID=1643&yrtLocationID=4

2012-OilScapes: The Ecology of Oil and the Ecology of Images, Aberdeen University, Peackok Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland https://peacockvisualarts.com/oilscapes-various-artists/

2011-Commentary, a seminar with students of film studies at the Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland, (see the film here as an outcome of this seminar): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcN5dBjs1Fk

2010-Representing Saualm, Lakeside Kunstraum, Klagenfurt, Austria

2009-Keynote Lecture at the conference: Rethinking Complicity and Resistance: the Relationship between visual Arts and Politics,  Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland

2000- A Seminar with Stuart Hall: The world at one with itself, inIVA, London

Selected exhibitions and screenings


Unusual phrases…, Evolving Arts, Dubai, UAE


Newspeak , Baku Biennale, Baku

Headlines etc, Azerbaijan pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice


Disappearance, Abilov Cultural Centre, Baku, AZ https://report.az/en/cultural-policy/exhibition-disappearance-opens-in-baku/

Letters to Words, a site-specific installation, Baku, AZ


Local Time , Artspace, Sydney, Australia https://julielouisebacon.com/portfolio/local-time/


In This City of Bright  Fires ,  Artim gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan http://yarat.az/index.php?lang=en&page=12&yrtMaincatID=12&yrtSubcatID=0&yrtEventID=1410

Decaffeinated colonialism, MSDM, London


Three films by  Zeigam Azizov, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7mNKosFY7U


The Origin of Geometry, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE http://www.maraya.ae/index.php?r=exhibitions/view&id=30


Migrasophia (migration+philosophy), Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAEhttp://maraya.art/index.php?r=exhibitions/view&id=8

Oilscapes, Peacock Visual arts, Aberdeen, Scotland


Illumunazioni, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy https://www.e-flux.com/announcements/35745/the-republic-of-azerbaijan-at-the-54th-venice-biennale/

Machine Raum, Velje Museum of Art, Velje, Denmark


The oil scenario, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

Saualm, Kunstraum Lakeside, Austria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9tkP8lkyDQ


Oil and Art, Kunstraum Lakeside, Austira https://archiv.lakeside-kunstraum.at/index.php?id=117&L=1

Re-imagining October, Calvert22, Londonhttp://staging.calvert22.org/re-imagining-october/

Dramaturgy of the Subject, Open Space, Vienna


Hard spell 2, Toynbee Studios, London

The rehersal room, FormContent, London


Hard spell: A Promise to Generations, Kunstraum Lakeside, Austira https://archiv.lakeside-kunstraum.at/index.php?id=142

Dreams and Realities, 3rd Baku Biennale, Baku, Azerbaijan


Global Photography now: Post Soviet states, Tate Modern, London https://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/global-photography-now-post-soviet-states

2nd Caucasus Biennale, Tbilisi, Georgia

Border Crossing, Care off, Milan, Italy

Semionatu, Neon gallery, Bologna, Italy

Global tour, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands http://kunstaspekte.art/event/global-tour-2005-12


Die Rundshau,Aargauer  Kunsthaus,  Aaarau,  Switzerland


Trading Places, Pump House gallery, London https://welcomebb.sophiehope.org.uk/projects/tradingplacesartists.html

North, Hamburger Bahnhof , Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin


Utopia Station, Hause der Kunst, Munich

Dreams and conflicts, the 50th Venice Biennale, Venice http://projects.e-flux.com/utopia/about.html

Sparwasser HQ, Berlin

Migration: Globalization of Space and Time, Siddhartha Hall, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

Becoming Global, Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau


Outsourcing, inIVA, London

Risk and responsibilities of representation, Ludwig museum, Budapest

City-Info, Dresden-Prohlis, Dresden

Broadcast, Cubitt gallery, London

Art in Media Space, Austrian Cultural Forum, London

Routes, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria https://www.questia.com/magazine/1G1-101779223/routes-grazer-kunstverein-graz-austria


Mutations, TN Probe, Tokyo, La Rafffinerie, Brussels,

Belonging, Shedhalle, Zurich

Loft Story, SE Travel Agency, Istanbul

Never look back, Shedhalle, Zurich

Touring London, (with Isaac Julien), inIVA, London https://www.iniva.org/programme/projects/touring-london/

Strategies of Presentation, Kopelica gallerie, Ljubljana

Videonalle 9, Kunstverein, Bonn


ForthepeopleontheirwaytoEurope, Exnergasse Kunsthalle, Vienna

Arcade Project,  The Trade Apartment, London

Mutations: Urban Rumours, Free Art, Fribourg, arc en reve centre d’architecture, Bordeaux

Transact, Museum in Progress, Vienna (www.mip.at) https://www.mip.at/persons/zeigam-azizov


Temporary Radio, Espace 2, Radio Suisse -Romand, Geneva


The Trial of Pol Pot, /Centre national d’art contemporain/, project by Liam Gillick and Phillipe Parreno, Grenoble https://www.google.com/search?q=liam+gillick+and+philippe+parreno,+the+trial+of+pol+pot&rlz=1C1RUCY_enGB831GB831&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=iDwXg-xRVO0mAM%253A%252CsZVoL_fuKzEEZM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kRFdFLaxCmboKf2ZfInL5U0gi8m7g&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjywrHhp9zhAhXJaVAKHdmvBSMQ9QEwCHoECAkQBA#imgrc=iDwXg-xRVO0mAM:


Ideal Standard Summertime, Lisson gallery, London https://www.lissongallery.com/exhibitions/ideal-standard-summertime

Postscript, Lisson gallery, London

Viewpoint, ICA, London

Selected reviews

Wakana Kono, Art Scene, Baku // BT, 02.(vol.72. No.1080)  p.188-189, Tokyo, Japan, 2020

Kat Koch, May You Live in Interesting Times https://www.brothart.com/blogs/news/may-you-live-in-interesting-times-58th-venice-biennale-review-by-kat-koch

Niccolò Lucarelli , Il Demone DellaTechnologia, Artribune, 2019

Martelletto, N., L’Arte Esalta Venezia, Cultura, Venice, 20th May 2019

Dilara Vagabova, Notes on Zeigam Azizov’s art, Yol magazine, Baku, 2016

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ways of Curating, Penguin, 2014 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Jhs0AgAAQBAJ&pg=PT109&lpg=PT109&dq=hans+ulrich+obrist,+ways+of+curating+zeigam+azizov&source=bl&ots=Ozmo-re21_&sig=ACfU3U3h_5NMyYyTVIe765C4xCeUUMangA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwig3IHkqdzhAhXPK1AKHW4HB0gQ6AEwC3oECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=hans%20ulrich%20obrist%2C%20ways%20of%20curating%20zeigam%20azizov&f=false

Anne Seaman, The Beginning of Thinking Is Geometric reimagines maths through contemporary art, The National, 2013 https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/the-beginning-of-thinking-is-geometric-reimagines-maths-through-contemporary-art-1.310132

Marion Hohlfeldt, Betwixt and Between: Displacement and liminality, Interventions journal, January 29, 2013

Yasmine Allam, Being Contemporary, is Not Cutting off the past, http://www.contemporarypractices.net/essays/volumeXI/beingcontemporaryisNotCuttingoffthepast.pdf

Sara Raza, ‘Migrasophia’ (Migration + Philosophy), (catalogue essay), Maraya Art Centre, Al Gasba, Sharjah, 2012

Lee Sharrock, Biennale Bedlam, FADWEBSITE, 2011 https://fadmagazine.com/2011/06/08/biennale-bedlam-by-lee-sharrock/

Milena Placentile, The 54th Venice Biennale, akimbo.ca, 2011 http://www.akimbo.ca/akimblog/?id=466

Lockwood Smith, From Bangladesh to Azerbaijan, artlog.com, 2011

Ilary Valbonesi, Interview with Zeigam Azizov, 2011 h

Ferhat Senetci, Machine Raum, http://videoistanbul.blogspot.com, 2011

Mark Nash, Re-imagining October, Calvert 22, 2010

Michaela Monschein, Erdol und Kunst, artpool, Vienna, May 2009

Marion Hohfeldt, Attitudes urbaines: Espaces contrôlés et déplacements artistiques, Nouvelle revue d’esthétique, France, 2008/1 (n° 1)

Hedwig Saxenbuher and Christian Kravagna, Media Use, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, 2007

Joaquin Barrendios Rodriguez, El Arte Global y Las politicas de la novidad, Luminar, vol.V, n 001, Mexico, 2007 http://www.scielo.org.mx/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S1665-80272007000100159&lng=es&nrm=iso

Joaquin Barriendios Rodriguez, Global Art and politics of mobility: (Trans) cultural shifts in the international contemporary art-system, Medewerker, Amsterdam, 2007 https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/4518613/global-art-and-politics-of-mobility-transcultural-shifts-in-the-

Wirtschaftliches Buchstabieren, Karntner Tageszeitung, Klagenfurt,17th March, 2007

Christian Kravagna, General Travel Conditions, in Routes, Revolver books, Germany, 2007

Stuart Hall, Three ‘Moments’ in Post-war History, Oxford Journals, History Workshop Journal, Issue 61, 2006 https://www.jstor.org/stable/25472834?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Laure Philipse, “Der wereld als ‘a global village’, 8 weekly, Amsterdam, 2006

Trading Places, Variant, summer issue, 2005

Johannes Wendland, Dot.City ladt sich aug, Frankfurter Rundshau, 01.07.2003

Brigitte Huck, Routes, Artforum, May, 2003 https://www.artforum.com/print/reviews/200305/routes-46794

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Molly Hesbit, Rirkrit Tiravanija, What is the station, Venice Biennale catalogue, 2003

Mattias Dusini,Anders Reisen, Springerin, April, 2002

Reinhard Braun, Kunst zwischen Cultural Studies und Politik, Camera Austria, 80

Walter Seidl, Auf der Reise, Arts Magazine, 2002

Selected books and pamphlets:

The Time of the Image: A Philosophical Exploration of the Image in the work of Bernard Stiegler, Herbert von Halem, Cologne, 2020 https://www.halem-verlag.de/the-time-of-the-image/

Oilscapes, (ed. with Janet Stewart), Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, 2012

Migrasophia: migration+philosophy, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, 2012 https://www.academia.edu/36436201/Migrasophia_migration_philosophy

Investigations towards the film: Back to Moscow and back. Again. Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, 2004

Radiotemporarie, (ed.), Le Magasin, CNAC, Grenoble, 2001

Selected essays, articles and interviews:

Take care and be careful: in memory of Bernard Stiegler, Moscow Art Magazine, Moscow, RF, 2021

Contingency of cultures, cultures of contingency: Cultural Studies with a Philosophical Attitude , in Matthias Wieser / Elena Pilipets (eds.) Medienkultur als kritische Gesellschaftsanalyse Festschrift für Rainer Winter , Herbert von Halem Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2021 https://www.halem-verlag.de/eine-festschrift-fuer-rainer-winter/

“Self-made man”: Freedom as the condition of one’s own making: Moscow Art Magazine, Moscow, RF, 2020

Politics and poetics of “post-truth”: trans-imitation, Moscow Art Magazine, Moscow, RF, 2019

Universal via particular: Fuzzy objects of art, Moscow Art magazine, Moscow, RF, 2018

(with Rainer Winter), Cultural Studies in the past and future: Interview with Stuart Hall, Studi Culturali, Bologna, Italy, 2017 https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.1405/87546

Chinese translation: http://雷纳·温特,蔡嘉慕·阿齐佐夫,李开.文化研究的过去和现在——斯图亚特·霍尔访谈[J].文化研究,2018(03):199-216

The engagement with the thought: The absent centre of art, Moscow Art Magazine, 2015

Watching Philosophy on YouTube, ETUM, E-Journal for Theatre and Media, November 2015 https://www.academia.edu/35861869/Watching_Philosophy_on_YouTube.docx

The Contingent Object of Art: Place as a Position, Moscow Art Magazine, Moscow, 89, 2015 http://moscowartmagazine.com/issue/7/article/98

The ‘Cut-n-mix’ Culture: The Impossibilities of Production in New Media, Ibraaz Journal, November, 2014 https://www.ibraaz.org/essays/47

Linguini, Languages, Cultures, in Commerce by Artists, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada, 2011 https://artmetropole.com/events/commerce-by-artists-european-lecture-tour-by-luis-jacob

From the frozen decade to the disoriented world, Moscow Art Magazine, 82, 2011

Editing as art: Harun Farocki, Moscow Art Magazine, 79-80, 2010

Stuart Hall and the location of culture, Moscow Art Magazine, 77-78, 2011 http://xz.gif.ru/numbers/77-78/azizov-hall/

(with Peter Osborn) , The grammar of curating, Manifesta Journal, 7, 2009, Amsterdam

Unusual phrases for the usual phrasebook, in Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics After the Net, Autonomedia, 2009

Post-script to Migrasophia: Ubiqutious topology, Open Space, 2009, Divus, Vienna

(with Asit Bhatt), Representing India: Indian highway, Moscow Art Magazine, 2009,

East-West, Moscow Art Magazine, 70, 2008 http://moscowartmagazine.com/issue/22/article/358

(with Peter Osborn), The intellectual turn: dialogue with Peter Osborn, Moscow Art magazine, 69, 2008

Can we still speak? Text for the MAFA degree show catalogue, Central St.Martins, University of Arts, London, 2007 https://www.academia.edu/37258975/Can_we_still_speak.docx

The rhetoric of time: the old narrative through the prisms of the new point of view, in Progressive Nostalgia, (ed. V.Misiano), WAM, 2008, Moscow

Ajan retorikka: Vanha kertomus uudesta nakokulmasta, catalogue, Kiasma Museum of Modern art, Finland, 2007

The rhetoric of time: the old narrative through the prisms of the new point of view, Moscow Art Magazine, 65/66, 2007 http://moscowartmagazine.com/en/issue/42/article/847

Elliptical notes on uncertainty: USA, Moscow Art Magazine, 64, 2007http://moscowartmagazine.com/issue/27/article/476

Global tour: art as a scene of proliferated ‘attractions’ and ideas, in Global Tour: Art, Travel and Beyond, W139, Amsterdam, 2005

A joker in the pack of globalization: Dialogue with Stuart Hall, in Routes (ed. Christian Kravagna) Grazer Kuntwerein, Austria, 2005

Unusual phrases for the usual phrasebook (extracts from Migrasophia), Mute magazine, London, 2005 http://Unusual_phrases_for_the_usual_phrase_book_extracts_published_by_Mute_London_2006

Invisible frontiers, Occasions 8, Austrian Cultural Forum, 2004

Investigations towards the film: Back to Moscow and back. Again. Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, 2004 https://www.academia.edu/36436102/Investigations_towards_the_film.doc

Paramnesia, Project Russia, Moscow, 2004 https://archi.ru/press/journalist_present.html?id=16083

When PhD becomes an artwork, msdm stencilled papers, 2004http://www.msdm.org.uk/pr/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/zeigam_azizov_when-phd-becomes-an-art-work.pdf

Memory factory, Coleman project space, London, 2004

(with Stuart Hall), The world has to be made to mean!, Venice Biennale catalogue, Venice, 2003

Will multiculturalism be russified? In Moneynations, (ed. Marion von Osten), Selena Verlag, Vienna, 2003

Migrasophia: de ser ‘Artista’ a ‘Devenir Otro’, Brumaria 1, Madrid, 2002 http://transform.eipcp.net/correspondence/1134816059

Domesti(fi)cation of Visual Pleasures, in Outsourcing, (ed. Paula Raush) inIVA/MSDM, London, 2002

Brand Ranking: in between conformity and consciousness, in Outsourcing

In between home and globe, Routes, Grazer Kunstverein, 2002 https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Routes.html?id=LRJ8YgEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

Camouflage: The Visible in the Invisible, Third Text, 57,2011 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09528820108576948

Rusification and terrain of self-determination, in Imported (ed. Rainer Ganahl), Semiotexte, NY, 1998 https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/imported