Sugar Loaf Tunnel, 2008

Matt Colquhoun [kuh-hoon] is a British writer and photographer. Born in Kingston-Upon-Hull at the end of history, he is currently based in Huddersfield.

From 2010-13, Matt studied Photographic Art at the University of Wales, Newport. Then, from 2016-17, he studied Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. He’s currently thinking about a PhD in English Literature…

The xenogothic blog was founded on 10th October 2017 as an excuse to keep writing after a traumatic postgraduate experience. 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 a way 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. This was followed by the edited collection Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher in 2021. 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 is a writer and editor. He has worked 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.

Matt also works as a photographer, lecturer, curator, and technician. He has previously held the role of exhibitions coordinator at Ffotogallery, BAFTA, and D&AD Festival. His photographs have previously appeared in The Quietus, Electronic Sound, the Metro, the Guardian, and elsewhere. They have also been exhibited around the UK, as well as in France and Japan.

He is co-curator of the For k-punk event series with Natasha Eves, and co-host of the Buddies Without Organs podcast with Sean Pearce and Corey J White. He has previously given talks and lectures at the University of Huddersfield, the Royal College of Art in London, the University of South Wales in Cardiff, the University of Exeter, Goldsmiths University, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, the University of Birmingham, and Leuphana University Lüneburg.

If you would like to hire Matt, have questions about the blog and its content, or just want to say hello, please email 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 the editor of Mark Fisher’s Postcapitalist Desire. He blogs at xenogothic.com.