Alex Wilk

Alex Wilk works between research, design and publishing for the arts. She is a freelance researcher for the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and was an editorial assistant at the photography and visual culture journal Archivo Platform. Previously, Alex worked as a reseacher for architectural designer, Cecil Balmond and led the production of his monograph Crossover (Prestel, 2013). She was also an editor of Balmond Studio’s e-journal Thinking in Practice. Alex’s personal research takes visual and textual formats: she has taken part in art residency programmes, exhibitions and enjoys writing articles. Alex holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Recent articles

In 2011, a series of infrastructural failings following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami triggered a radiation leak today known as the Fukushima nuclear accident, leading to the evacuation of around 200,000 people. By the time photographer Philipp Zechner visited the area 8 years later, restrictions were limited to parts of… Read more »


The ancient Roman-Greek mnemonic technique ‘method of loci’ involves placing information within a spatial structure to create visual associations that can be easily recalled. 19th-century American educator, women’s rights activist and cartographer, Emma Willard, enthusiastically embraced these ‘memory palaces’ as a didactic method, creating several with the intent to form… Read more »


Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond, née Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed, was an Irish alpinist and filmmaker who achieved remarkable ascents during an era when mountaineering was predominantly seen as a male pursuit. She documented her climbs in various books and photographs, contributing significantly to the establishment of the Ladies’ Alpine Club, where she… Read more »