Dr. Michiko Oki (b. Japan)

Michiko Oki, Ph.D. in comparative literature and art, is a London-based art historian, writer and translator in the field of arts and literature. Her research focuses on the representation of violence and power in the form of allegory and fiction in modern and contemporary art, culture and literature. Her recent research explores the non-Westernised narration of modernism in Japan through the peculiar historical event ee ja nai ka, carnivalesque riots that occurred all over Japan from 1867 to 1868.

Her interdisciplinary writings, drawn from art history/theory, philosophy, cultural studies and social science, approach the question: what is the nature of aesthetic experience and its constructive effect on the human psyche and society? How can we perceive the world differently through artistic and philosophical thinking?




ロンドン在住、美術史家、執筆家、翻訳家。文学博士。モダニズム・前衛芸術/文学を中心に、寓話やフィクションの形式で表象される暴力と権力の様々な様相について研究・執筆を行う。また、19世紀半ばに発生した「ええじゃないか」運動に焦点を当てつつ、西洋的視点に依らない日本におけるモダニズムの再定義を試みる研究を行っている。2005年京都大学人間・環境学研究科修了(創造行為論)。2007年、渡英。2009-2011年、文化庁新進芸術家海外研修制度研修員(イギリス)。2014年、ユニバーシティ・カレッジ・ロンドン(ヨーロッパ言語文化社会研究科)にて博士号取得(比較文学・芸術論)。現在、ロンドン芸術大学セントラル・セント・マーチンズ校パフォーマンス:デザイン&プラクティスコース講師、東京藝術大学大学院美術研究科 グローバルアートプラクティス専攻卓越助教。主な近著論文(英語)に以下がある。




Email: mchooki (at) gmail.com

Address: London, UK


Japanese (native)

English (professional)

Spanish (basic)

Research Interests

Keywords: modern and contemporary art history/theory, aesthetics, Surrealism, Modernism/Avant-Garde studies, René Magritte, Franz Kafka, violence of the norm, thresholds, noise music, posthumanism, allegory, body (nudity, hunchback, distortion)


Ph.D (Comparative Literature and Art), School of European Languages, Culture & Society, University College London, UK, July 2014

MA (Art History), Human and Environmental Studies in Thought and Culture, Kyoto University, Japan, March 2005


Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists (Field of Grant: Art Theory), 2009-2011

Teaching & Research Position

Associate Lecturer, BA Performance: Design and Practice, Central Saint Martins, 2020-

Distinguished Assistant Professor, MA Global Art Practice, Tokyo University of the Arts 2019-

Research Associate, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 2016-2018

Course Tutor (‘19th and 20th Century Art in London’), BA History of Art, University College London, 2009-2011

Research Assistant, Art Studies and Cultural Production, Kyoto University of Art and Design, 2005-2007

Text © 2015 Michiko Oki
Illustration © 2015 Pablo Padilla Jargstorf