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Jason Waite

Jason Waite is a curator, writer, and cultural worker focused on forms of practice producing agency. Recently working in sites of crisis amidst the detritus of capitalism, looking for tools and radical imaginaries for different ways of living and working together. He has co-curated Don't Follow the Wind an ongoing project inside the uninhabited Fukushima exclusion zone,  The Real Thing?, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Maintenance Required, The Kitchen, New York, Threat of Peace by Chim↑Pom at Art in General, New York and White Paper: The Law by Adelita Husni-Bey at Casco Art Institute, Utrecht where he was curator. He holds an M.A. in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths College, London and was a 2012-2013 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. Waite recently completed his PhD in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Art focusing on artists responding to the environmental and social effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster as part of the long history of internal colonization in Japan. He is chief editor of Art Review Oxford and co-editor of the recent book Don't Follow the Wind (2021) published by Sternberg Press.

Publications relevant to the Planetary


  • Waite, J., Hirsch, N. (eds.): Don't Follow the Wind. London: Sternberg Press, distributed by MIT Press, 2021. Book Reviewed in Third Text Journal .
  • Waite, J., Horisaki-Christens, N. Neustein, A., Rodgers, V.: Maintenance Required. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2013. Review in The New York Times.

Articles and book chapters

  • Waite, J.: Bontaro Dokuyama: Even After 1,000 YearsBurlington Contemporary, November 2023.
  • Waite, J.: The Most Important Network of Art Institutions that You've Never Heard ofArtReview, November 20, 2023.
  • Waite, J.: Para-zomia: Cultivating Interdependence in Koenjie-flux Journal, No. 134, March 2023.
  • Waite, J.: Feminist Insurgent Planning Against Disaster Capitalism, in Listen to the City (ed.): Listen to the City. Seoul: ARKO: 48-63, 2023. 
  • Waite, J.: The Capacity of Poor Images, in Kondo, K. (ed.): Chim Pom: Happy Spring. Tokyo: Mori Art Museum: 80-129, 2023.
  • Waite, J.: Review: 14th Gwangju Biennale.” e-flux Criticism, May 2023.
  • Waite, J. et. al.: Teach-Out on Education and Work: A Conversation. Art Review Oxford, 8: 7-11, Spring 2023.
  • Waite, J.: Review: Okayama Art Summit 2022e-flux Criticism, December 2022.
  • Waite, J.: Book Review-David Elliott, Art and Trousers:  Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art. Art Review Oxford, Spring 2022.
  • Waite, J.: The Entropic Silence of Fukushima, in Waite, J., Hirsch, N. (eds.): Don’t Follow the Wind. London: Sternberg Press, 2021.
  • Waite, J.: The Entropic Silence of Fukushima. e-flux Architecture Journal, April 2020.
  • Waite, J.: Cultural Workers and the Energy Paradox. Art Papers 43, no.1, Spring/Summer, 2019.
  • Waite, J.: Jimmie Durham, Jon Rafman, Ryoji Ikeda, in Rugoff, R. (ed.): May You Live in Interesting Times: 58th Biennale of Venice. Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, 2019.
  • Waite, J.: Ahmet Ögüt On the Next Precarious Decade. Art Review Oxford, Issue 3, 2019.
  • Waite, J.: The Entropic Silence of Fukushima, in Mendes, M. (ed.): Matter Fictions. London: Sternberg Press: 113-124, 2018. 
  • Waite, J.: Battlelands, in Ito, Y. (ed.): Meiro Koizumi. London: White Rainbow, 2018.
  • Waite, J.: Torsion and Revolution: Okin Collective, in Yi, S. (ed.): Korean Art Prize. Seoul: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art: 66-78, 2018
  • Waite, J.: Koki Tanaka Possibilities for Being Together. Their Praxis. Art Review Asia, Summer, 2016.
  • Waite, J.: Thing, in Choi, B., Lind, M., Pethick, E. (eds.): Cluster Dialectionary. London: Sternberg Press, 2015.