I am an artist whose research is shaped and informed from an interdisciplinary approach that draws on contemporary art, visual culture, politics, urbanism, architecture. Key to my methodology is a critical enquiry and positioning ‘of and within’ lived social space.
I hold a PhD from Central Saints Martins, University of the Arts London. My thesis explored historical and contemporary urban/land/scape views and their effects on citizens in order to question how these ‘views’ operate visually, are used spatially, and perceived conceptually, as a means of developing critical understandings of the socio-political construction of views, and how they shape and position how we relate societally and to public space.
My research focuses on the politics of power and its symbolic and active enactment – aesthetic, spatial, social, economic – in the city (particularly London) and the correlation of its economy and neoliberal desire of exclusivity and aspiration manifested by, and imbricated into, its urban fabric, socio‐spatial structure and skyline; the socio-political and ideological construction and operation of urban regeneration; the neoliberal coalescence of public/private space; and CCTV surveillance networks’ psychological method of control based on sociologically and politically motivated constructed anxieties of personal security and insecurity and its shaping of public space.
As a non-studio based practitioner I engage with the [art] practice of site-specificity as contexts for and as research manifested through video, live events, publications, installation, photography, website projects, television and radio broadcasts, and writing. My projects are exhibited nationally and internationally such as at Tate Britain, ZKM Center for Art & Media (Karlsruhe), NGBK (Berlin), Performance Space (Sydney), International Adelaide Festival, and Rome Film Festival. I speak regularly at conferences, most recently at the University of Turku, Finland, Tallin and Tartu Universities, Estonia, Freie Universität, Berlin, and Tate Liverpool. I have written a book chapter contribution for Regenerating Culture and Society: Architecture, Art and Urban Style Within the Global Politics of City-Branding (Liverpool University Press/Tate Liverpool, 2011), and am associate editor of the international peer-reviewed Intellect journal Philosophy of Photography.
2015 PhD Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
1990 MA Fine Art, Newcastle Polytechnic.
1986 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art.
1983 Foundation Course in Art & Design, Mid-Warwickshire College.
2014– Lecturer, MA Photography, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
2015– Associate editor, Philosophy of Photography Journal, Intellect Ltd.
Research Fellowships & Residencies:
2001-05 Acme Fire Station Project Work/Live Residency, London.
2004 Warwickshire ArtsWeek & Arts Council England Artist-led Residency.
1998-89 Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Senior Research Fellow at The British School at Rome & The Laboratory, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.
1998-89 Senior Research Fellow, Department of Applied Physics, Electronics & Mechanical Engineering, University of Dundee.
1997 Research Fellow, Department of Performance, Fine Art & Design, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
1996 International Adelaide Festival Residency, The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia.
1994 Nomad Networks Media Arts Residency, The Banff Centre, Canada.
- ‘Dog Portraits’. In: Philosophy of Photography Journal, vol 5 issue 2, Intellect.
- Book chapter: ‘Search: An Artist Project for Television’. In: Harris, J., & Williams, R. J., (eds.) Regenerating Culture and Society: Architecture, Art and Urban Style Within the Global Politics of City-Branding. Liverpool University Press, Tate Liverpool Critical Forum.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
- Videoarte e Cinema Experimental, Aliança Francesa do Derby, Recife, Brazil.
- Idiot Box, Kate MacGarry, London. (Curated by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard).
- On the Image, Yorck Studios, Berlin.
- Walk On. From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking, mac Birmingham, Toured to: The Atkinson, Southport, and Plymouth City Art Gallery.
- No Object, Shalfleet Drive, London.
- West Ten Fade Out, BAR Gallery, London.
- Walk On. From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
- Taking Place, Black Maria in The Crossing, Granary Square, London, (Curated by British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection).
- West Ten Fade Out, Louise Blouin Foundation, London.
- To be is to be perceived, LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London.
- CSM Research, The Crossing, Granary Building, London.
- Common Ground, Latymer Projects, London.
- Responding to Rome: British Artists in Rome 1995-2005, International Rome Film Festival, Italy.
- GO From A to B to A, in Flood Light programme, Shoreditch Festival, London.
- Flood Light, Portobello Film Festival, London.
- PhantasmaGloria, St. John’s Church, London.
- Broadcast Yourself, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle & Cornerhouse, Manchester.
- Explorations: advancing research at CSM, Innovation Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London.
- Planchette. In: No Letters, Nettie Horn Gallery, London.
- This will not happen without you (From the Collective Archive of The Basement Group, Projects UK and Locus + 1977 – 2006), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Interface, Belfast.
- Planchette, in Spectre Vs Rector, The Verger’s Cottage, London.
- Responding to Rome: British Artists in Rome 1995-2005, Estorick Collection, London.
- This will not happen without you (From the Collective Archive of The Basement Group, Projects UK and Locus + 1977 – 2006), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.
- Unrealised Projects Volume 111, g&A Studios, Sydney, Australia.
- Who’s afraid of the avant-garde? 2, Performance Space, Sydney, Australia.
- Evolutionäre Zellen, NGBK, Berlin.
- Risk: Creative Action in Political Culture, CCA Glasgow.
- Collectivity and critical collective/cooperative cultural action, Oliver Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa FL, USA.
- Connect the Dots, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA.
- ISEA 2004, Baltic Sea Ferry between Helsinki, Stockholm, Marriehamn, Tallin.
- What in the world is more beautiful? Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews.
- Ambulantes: Cultura Portatil, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain.
- A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London. (Curated by David Curtis)
- FILE 2003: Electronic Language International Festival, Museum of Image and Sound, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- How to be a perfect guest, 6th Sharjah International Biennial, Sharjah Art Museums & Expo Centre, UAE.
- Inter-Mission, Bow Church, London.
- 911+1 The Perplexities of Security, The Watson Institute For International Studies, Providence, USA.
- Transmediale, Berlin.
- Art meets Archive, Sydney State Records Centre, Australia.
- O/S, Briefcase Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
- CTRL [SPACE], ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.
- Gagarin, Dundee Contemporary Arts.
- Private, Kulture Allianzen, Cologne, Germany.
Selected Solo Projects, Commissions, Screenings, Broadcasts:
- Thrilling. Outdoor Movie Season, The Wapping Project, London.
- The Street. Live art event & multiple, commissioned by Warwickshire Artsweek & Arts Council England.
- East of Eden. X-Space Web Project commissioned by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).
- High Noon at 12º 21′ 8″. Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
- Soundscapes. Waygood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne & Isis Gallery, Melmerby.
- SEARCH (Adelaide). International Adelaide Festival & Experimental Art Foundation commission. (Broadcast on Channel 7, Australia).
- Cross-Winds. The Experimental Art Foundation & FM Radio Broadcast, Adelaide, Australia. (Commissioned by Richard Grayson)
- @shift. Bilbao, Spain. (Commissioned for puente..de pasaje by Corinne Diserens).
- SEARCH (Newcastle). ITV Broadcast. (Commissioned by Locus +).
Selected Conference and Symposium Presentations:
- ‘Occupy UAL: the democratising of space’. In: Spaces and tactics of politics: Transnational connections, neoliberalisation and the reshaping of civil society, University of Turku, Finland.
- ‘The panoptic schema of “eye in the sky”’. In: Critical carceral geographies: practice, politics and representation. Nordic Geographers Conference, Tallin and Tartu Universities, Estonia.
- ‘The real [e]state’. In: In this neck of the woods. Central Saint Martins, UAL.
- ‘The London city skyline: a contemporary socio-political mediation’. In: The Image, 5th International Conference. The representation of possibility: understanding change and continuity through the image. Freie Universität, Berlin.
‘Views of the city: creating London’s image’. In: Seeing Like a City. Queen Mary,
University of London.
2012 ‘City, image, place: the London View Management Framework’. In: LONDONICITY 2012: London – city of transformations? The Second Annual London Studies Conference. University of London Institute of Education.
- ‘The view from above’. In: Sensingsite, Central Saint Martins, UAL, Goldsmiths, University of London, British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.
- ‘Defining the image as place: protected views of the city of London’. In: The Image, 2nd International Conference. Kursaal Congress Palace, San Sebastian, Spain.
- ‘Between here and elsewhere: relating to place’. In: ISEA2009: 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art. University of Ulster, Belfast.
- ‘Search: an artist project for television’. In: Magical Mysterious Regeneration Tour: artists, architecture and the future of the city. Tate Liverpool.
Selected Bibliography & Reviews:
- Collier, M., & Morrison-Bell, C. (eds.) Walk on. From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking. Sunderland: Editions North.
- Harvey, J., & Lancaster, J. (eds.) The Fire Station Project: Acme Studios Work/Live Residency Programme 1997 – 2013. London: Acme Studios.
- Kitchin, R., Dodge, M., Perkins, C. (eds.) The Map Reader: Theories of Mapping Practice and Cartographic Representation. London: Wiley.
- Ely, S., & Harris, L. Unrealised Projects, Volume 1-6, Unrealised Projects and AND Publishing.
- Usherwood, P. Broadcast Yourself. Art Monthly, issue 315.
- Grayson, R. This Will Not Happen Without You. University of Sunderland Press.
- Responding to Rome. Rome: The British School at Rome Publication.
- Atkinson, D., et al (ed.) Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts. London, New York: I.B. Tauris.
- Cosgrove, D. Maps, Mapping, Modernity: Art and Cartography in the Twentieth Century. Imago Mundi, Vol 57, issue 1 February.
- Brownrigg, J. What in the world is more beautiful? Crawford Arts Centre.
- Levin, T., Y. Surveillance and the Ludic Reappropriation of Public Space. In: Open 06, Art, Public Space and Safety. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers/SKOR.
- Christofori, R. CTRL [SPACE]. Frieze Magazine, January Issue.
- Big Brother…Not Just a TV Show. Flash Art, issue 1.
- Levin, T., Frohne, U., Weibel, P. (eds.) CTRL [SPACE] Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother. Cambridge, MA, & London: MIT Press.
- Gibbs, M. CTRL [SPACE]. Art Monthly, issue 252.
- Chan, S. Cartography: The City, Circa Magazine, issue 96.
- Cosgrove, D., & Martins, L., L. Millenial Geographics. In: Minca, Claudio (ed.) Postmodern Geography: Theory & Praxis. Oxford, Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.