Brian Holmes

Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic, now living in Chicago after some twenty years in Paris. He has a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley, was the English editor of publications for Documenta X in 1997, has worked with art/activist groups such as Ne Pas Plier and Bureau d'Etudes, and has published with many journals in various languages, including Multitudes, Open, Springerin and Brumaría, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues.

He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fe, Switzerland.
His recent books include Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society (2009) and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering (2008). Text archive at