Xavier Nueno

Xavier Nueno

Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Xavier Nueno is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Among his research interests are the history of design, history of statistical reason, media theory, and documentary practices. His research explores how knowledge was transformed throughout the second half of the 20th Century to integrate thought and action, and how the systems that enabled this transformation—technological, architectural, managerial—came to define the ways we inhabit space and how we govern ourselves and others.

His practice-based research is committed to reading the material records of the present. Often working in collaboration with artists, architects, scientists, and scholars, he has started shooting and producing his own images.

Between 2015-2018, he co-directed the paper retrospective of Catalan artist Francesc Abad. As part of this retrospective, he authored his first book, Napa(s). Persistir en lo inacabado [Napa(s). To Persist in the Unfinished], published by Archivo Lafuente and Ediciones La Bahía, which mobilizes the archive of Catalan artist Francesc Abad to tell the entangled stories of deindustrialization in former Spanish textile cities, the dematerialization of the art object, and the cultural field that emerged after the Spanish Democratic Transition.

In 2018, he co-founded instituto de investigaciones independientes (iii), a research agency and study platform based in Ciudad de Mexico and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among other projects at iii, he edits a practice-based research publication, NEWS, and is currently collaborating on a transmedia research on the architectural typologies of subtraction, dismantling, unsettling, outsourcing, deregulation, and destruction in contemporary Mexico.

His work has been presented, among other spaces, at Centro Nacional Museo de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes (MUCA) in Mexico City, and New York Times en Español.