Zeigam Azizov

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 – Lecture in Visual Culture, Klagenfurt University

2007 to present-Contributing Editor, Moscow Art magazine

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 films:

2018 – Fuzzy World

2017 – A Temporal Order of Things

2016 – Headlines

2012 – Harbour

2011 – Saualm

2011 – Commentary

2010 – Symposium

2007 – Hard Spell: A Promise to Generations

2006 – In Search of Alberto Adriano

2004 – Back to Moscow and back.  Again.

2000 – Migrasophia

1995 – Viewpoint

Recent conference papers and other public talks (selected):

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

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

2016-Time in the accusative case, Playtime conference,   University of Arts,London and Stuart Hall Foundation, London, UK

2015-Three films by Zeigam Azizov,  Screening . talk and discussion with Viktor  Misiano, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

2012-OilScapes: The Ecology of Oil and the Ecology of Images, Aberdeen University, Peackok Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

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

2009, Oil and Art in the Global Age, Lakeside Kunstraum, Klagenfurt, Austria

Selected exhibitions and screenings:


Disappearance, Abilov Cultural Centre, Baku, AZ

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


Local Time , Artspace, Sydney, Australia


In This City of Bright  Fires ,  Artim gallery, Baku, Azerbaijan

Decaffeinated colonialism, MSDM, London


Three films by  Zeigam Azizov, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan


The Origin of Geometry, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE


Migrasophia (migration+philosophy), Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE

Oilscapes, Peacock Visual arts, Aberdeen, Scotland


Illumunazioni, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Machine Raum, Velje Museum of Art, Velje, Denmark


The oil scenario, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland

Saualm, Kunstraum Lakeside, Austria


Oil and Art, Kunstraum Lakeside, Austira

Re-imagining October, Calvert22, London

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

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


Global Photography now: Post Soviet states, Tate Modern, London

2nd Caucasus Biennale, Tbilisi, Georgia

Border Crossing, Care off, Milan, Italy

Semionatu, Neon gallery, Bologna, Italy

Global tour, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Die Rundshau,Aargauer  Kunsthaus,  Aaarau,  Switzerland


Trading Places, Pump House gallery, London

North, Hamburger Bahnhof , Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin


Utopia Station, Hause der Kunst, Munich

Dreams and conflicts, the 50th Venice Biennale, Venice

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


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

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)


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


Ideal Standard Summertime, Lisson gallery, London

Postscript, Lisson gallery, London

Viewpoint, ICA, London

Selected reviews

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

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ways of Curating, Penguin, 2014

Anne Seaman, The Beginning of Thinking Is Geometric reimagines maths through contemporary art, The National, 2013

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

Milean Placentile, The 54th Venice Biennale, akimbo.ca, 2011

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

Ilary Valbonesi, Interview with Zeigam Azizov, http://www.romaradioartfair.it, 2011

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

Joaquin Barriendios Rodriguez, Global Art and politics of mobility: (Trans) cultural shifts in the international contemporary art-system, Medewerker, Amsterdam, 2007

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

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

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

Jochen Gertz, Anthology of Art, Lettre International (extra), 2002

Justin Hoffman, Moneynations, Springerin, 44, 2000

Selected books and pamphlets:

The Time of the Image : A Philosophical Exploration of Images in the work of Bernard Stiegler (forthcoming),

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

Migrasophia: migration+philosophy, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, 2012

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:

Universal via Particular: Fuzzy objects of art, Moscow Art Magazine, 2018, Moscow, RF

(with Rainer Winter), Cultural Studies in the past and future: Interview with Stuart Hall, Studi Culturali, Bologna, Italy, 2017

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 2013

The Contingent Object of Art: Place as a Position, Moscow Art Magazine, Moscow, 89, 2013

The ‘Cut-n-mix’ Culture: The Impossibilities of Production in New Media, Ibraaz Journal, November, 2012

Linguini, Languages, Cultures, in Commerce by Artists, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada, 2011

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

(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

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

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

Elliptical notes on uncertainty: USA, Moscow Art Magazine, 64, 2007

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 Kunstwerein, Austria, 2005

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

Invisible frontiers, Occasions 8, Austrian Cultural Forum, 2004

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

Paramnesia, Project Russia, Moscow, 2004

When PhD becomes an artwork, msdm stencilled papers, 2004

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

Domestification 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

Camouflage: The Visible in the Invisible, Third Text, 57, 2001

Rusification and terrain of self-determination, in Imported (ed. Rainer Ganahl), Semiotexte, NY, 1998