In 2012 Andy was awarded his practice-led PhD from the University of Leeds with a thesis on ‘art, self-organised cultural activity and the production of postcapitalist subjectivity’. His research, commissioned articles and catalogue texts have been published by Sanat Dünyamız, Istanbul; FAFA, Helsinki; and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Andy has presented his research at conferences across Europe as well as organising the Just Do(ing) It symposia on the politics of artist-led activity and underground music in Sheffield and Bradford. He is the editor of the publication The Mirrored Hammer and the presenter of its sister radio programme on BCB 106.6fm. Andy is currently working on a book about the politics of self-organised art and music entitled ‘DIY Bother?’ as well as a short fiction about a post capitalist utopia called Erewyrehve.

A selection of recordings, essays, papers, presentations and articles are below.


The Mirrored Hammer: DIY Special by Andy Abbott on Mixcloud

The Radical Ethics of DIY in Self-organised Art and Cultural Activity
- presentation for public art and self-organisation conference (2012)

Staying In: The Domestication of the Underground
- article for How Do?! Magazine (2012)

No Doubt: Death of the Superunknown in Music - article for How Do?! Magazine (2012)

Radical Resonances: Art, Self-organised Cultural Activity and the
Production of Postcapitalist Subjectivity; or, Deferred Self-Inquiry of a
Precarious Artworker, 2008 – 2011.
- PhD Fine Art Thesis (2012)

FOREVER YOUNG: Self-organisation in Art, Music and the Institution - Essay for 'Moot-Points: Exercises in Self-Organisation, Discourse and Collaboration' exhibition at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2008)

Recreation; or, Life Outside Work - Exhibition/event pamphlet (2008)

Fear of the Dark: USA hegemony and reevaluations of the local in Punk and Indie - for Niche Homo fanzine (2007)

The Role of Work and Play in the Revolution of Everyday Life - Ba Fine Art Dissertation (2005)

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