Derica Shields
writer & programmer


Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and programmer from London. Her work has appeared in the New Inquiry, Rookie, Girls Like Us, Live Art Almanac, Flash Art and more. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, a (now defunct) screening and discussion series centered on experimental, world-unravelling films. As part of a Triple Canopy commission, she is developing a multi-format oral history project comprising Black people's accounts of the UK welfare state. She is also completing Bad Practice, a book project to be published by Book Works.


July 18 – Dec 18    Freelance Copy Editor, ICA London
Oct 15 – Jun 17      Features Editor, Rookie magazine 
Nov 14 – Jan 16     Contributing Editor, The New Inquiry
Dec 14 – Oct 15     Story Editor, Rookie magazine
Jan 13 – Mar 14     Content Manager, Studio Africa & Assistant Editor, Okayafrica

Selected Publications
2017 - Review: E. Jane’s ‘Lavendra’ at American Medium, Flash Art
2016 - Interview: Let You Be: A Conversation With Barry Jenkins, Rookie 
2016 - Interview: Life Syllabus: Santigold, Rookie 
2016 - Feature: Blackface at the Tate, Live Art Almanac
2015 - Essay: Bodied, Girls Like Us
2014 - Essay: Face Me, I Face You, The New Inquiry

Teaching & Research
Jan ’17–Apr ’17 - Co-teacher w/ Fanta Sylla, Cinema in Black Pioneer Works, New York
Aug ’13–Nov ’13 - Researcher for feature film on the Windrush generation, Cloud 8 Production
Aug ’11–May ’12 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, Cornell University

Programming & Events
2017 - A Heavy Nonpresence, ICA, London
2014 - Video-Farm, Trans-Farm/Apexart, Detroit
2014 - The Future Weird, Afrofuturist Affair, Philadelphia
2014 - The Future Weird, Museum of Art and Design, New York 
2014 - The Future Weird, Non-Resident Aliens, Spectacle Theater, New York
2013 - The Future Weird, Remote Control, Spectacle Theater, New York
2013 - In Search of a Black Atlantis, The Future Weird, Spectacle Theater, New York
2013 - Visions of Excess, The Future Weird, Spectacle Theater, New York