Tony Robert Cochran (b. 1987) is a philosopher, prison abolitionist and social critic. He primarily engages with the fields of sociology, politics, art and film. His work examines / engages fine art, general aesthetics, architecture, psychoanalysis, ontology, the (UK and US) prison-industrial complex, LGBTQIA experience(s), gay male pornography, and migration/internationalism + the altermodern.
In 2018, he published, Prison As Power: Being & State Contra Negativity & Notion, a philosophical and ethnographic analysis and critique of incarceration, racism and prison-industrial complex.
Engaging contemporary artists and writers from Paweł Kuczyński, M Lamar, Ruben Pang, Justin Sayre, Wojtek Więckowski, Timothy DuWhite via interview and article format.
Present practice involves the eXonihology series, interviews and reviews of contemporary artists and art formations (television, film, music, writing, etc), an interrogation of ontology, concept synthesis utilizing (neo)sculpture-architectural analysis from Rosalind E. Krauss – especially via the works of Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, James Turrell, Ferreira Gullar -, psychoanalytical shadings, and an ongoing commitment to Kant’s grounding of reason in the phenomena / senses.