Tommaso Gorla

Dr. Tommaso Gorla is an Associate Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies (Art and Photography) at the School of Art, Architecture and Design. 

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Tommaso is an Italian artist and researcher with an interdisciplinary approach to the Visual Arts. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is founder and chief editor of the visual culture journal Anima Loci, and a member of the Drawing Tube, a collective focused on the exploration of drawing practices from an interdisciplinary perspective. He is currently part of the CCS team, and also works as a lecturer in Anthropology of Art at Accademia Santa Giulia, Brescia, Italy.

Tommaso interests mainly revolve around the topics of image-agency and the psychology of perception, which he explores through a variety of means, a curiosity that he applies to his most favourite fields of research, from cultural aesthetics to contemporary drawing. His research practice blends theoretical study with artistic and editorial activities that include talks and publications.

Non-academic research-based projects 

October 2019 – Researcher / Artist for Default 19: Investigation of Extreme Lands, Curated by Ramdom Association, Gagliano del Capo, Lecce, Italy

September 2015 – Researcher for De Earde/La Terra, Curated by Blauer Hase for “Helicotrema: Recorded Audio Festival 2015”, Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy       
May 2013 – Researcher for Tenebra È La Notte, Curated by Connecting Cultures for ‘Milano e Oltre’, Milan Triennale, Milan, Italy

Academic publications

2021 – Printed Mnemotechniques of the New World (to be published), (Conference Proceedings. Courtauld Institute of Art, London, February 2021, Brill Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands

2013 – Pittografia, Iconografia e Arti della Memoria, In Schifanoia, Volume 42-43, 2012, Pisa / Rome, Fabrizio Serra Publishers


2019 – Paper: Drawing and memory. A space for a minimal battlefield, Organised within the E+ Visiting Lecturer scheme, Drawing Department, Faculdade de Belas Artes, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

2016 – Paper: Living without architecture. Italy’s alternative models for life on earth, In “Artists’ critical interventions in architecture and urbanism”, Organised by B. Roberts, D. Hodge, Warwick University, Coventry, United Kingdom

2016 – Paper: The reappropriation of the city. Urban bricolages in the work of Ugo La Pietra, In “Bricolage and counterculture at the age of technical reproduction”, Organised by Bitliohèque Kandinsky within the Université D’été 2016 programme, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2016 – Paper: Printed mnemotechniques of the New World, In “Placing Prints: New Developments in the study of Prints”, Organised by N. Lebens, T. Bissolati, B. Bartlett-Rawling, C. Gilling, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, United Kingdom

2015 – Paper: From text to pictography through the arts of memory, In “Traduire les Mondes. Enjeux anthropologiques de la traduction”, Organised by C. Severi (EHESS) in collaboration with W. Hanks (« Social Matrix », University of California, Berkeley), Musee du Quay Branly, Paris, France

2012 – Paper: Pittografia, iconografia e arti della memoria, In “The Many Renaissances of Aby Warburg”, Organised by Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali, Ferrara, in collaboration with the Warburg Institute, London, Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara, Italy

2011 – Paper: Messico coloniale: Una mnemotecnica per immagini, In “Linguaggi e politica: il potere delle espressioni e le espressioni del potere nelle epoche di passaggio”, Organised by Gruppo Anfipoli, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy


  • 2020  AIR Niederösterreich, Kunstmeile, Krems an der Donau, Austria
  • 2019  Default 19, LaStation, Gagliano Del Capo, Italy
  • 2018  Threads, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • 2017  AIR, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, United Kingdom


Conference chair

2015 – Sonic warfare. In Conversation with Steve Goodman, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy

Editorial work

2018 – Present Founder and Editor in Chief, Anima Loci, Visual Culture online journal

Grants and scholarships 

  • 2019   Warburg Library Travel Grant, Warburg Institute, London, United Kingdom
  • 2012   XIV Settimana di Alti Studi Rinascimentali, Istituto di Studi Rinascimentali, Ferrara, Italy

Dr. Tommaso Gorla
Associate Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies (Art and Photography) 


 Untitled, graphite on paper, 2017

Tommaso Gorla