Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008

Matt Colquhoun [kuh-hoon] is a writer and photographer from Kingston-Upon-Hull, UK. He is currently based in Huddersfield.

From 2010-13, Matt studied Photographic Art at the University of Wales, Newport. From 2016-17, he studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The xenogothic blog was founded on 10th October 2017 as an excuse to keep writing after a traumatic postgraduate experience, following the death of Mark Fisher earlier that year.

The name xenogothic was initially a joke — the expression of a long-held feeling that Matt is not a very good goth. In wanting to finally embrace this imposter syndrome and explore it, xenogothic was adopted as a blogonym; as an attempt to build new futures for (the) goth/ic to exist in.

In 2020, Matt published his first book, Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher, alongside the edited collection Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher. He is currently working on a number of other book projects related to accelerationism, photography and subjectivity, psychoanalysis and adoption, and the psychedelic legacy of the American West.

When not blogging, Matt works as a freelancer in the publishing industry. He has worked in an editorial capacity on a number of publications for Urbanomic and Repeater Books, as well as various independent projects by artists such as Mercedes Azpilicueta and Mark Leckey. He is readily available for all your writing, proofreading, and editing needs.

Matt also works as a photographer, lecturer and curator. He was exhibitions coordinator at Ffotogallery, Cardiff, in 2015, at BAFTA from 2017-19, and at D&AD Festival in 2019. He shot the album cover for William Doyle’s 2019 album Your Wilderness Revisited. His photographs have previously appeared in The Quietus, Electronic Sound, the Metro, the Guardian, and elsewhere. His work has been exhibited around in the UK, as well as in France and Japan. He is co-curator and organiser of the For k-punk event series with Natasha Eves, and he co-hosts the Buddies Without Organs podcast with Sean Pearce. In 2020, Matt was a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art.

If you would like to hire me, have questions about the blog and its content, or just want to say hello, you can email me at matt@xenogothic.com.


Matt Colquhoun is a writer and photographer from Kingston-Upon-Hull, UK. He is the author of Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher and editor of Mark Fisher’s Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures. He blogs at xenogothic.com.