Sven Spieker teaches in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Comparative Literature Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in modern and contemporary art, aesthetic and critical theory, and global and transnational art and art history. His books and articles have appeared in English, German, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Albanian, and Polish. Spieker is a co-founder of the Working Group Cultures of World Socialism, and the founding editor of ARTMargins. His latest book publication is an edited volume devoted to the relationship between art and destruction (Destruction, MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery, 2017). Forthcoming books: The Art of Demonstration: A Revolutionary Recasting of Knowledge (MIT Press, 2024); Akusmatik als Labor (ed. with Mario Asef, Koenigshausen Neumann, 2022). Spieker is also working on a book project entitled Socialist Exhibition Cultures. International Art Exhibitions in the Socialist World, 1950-1990.