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My practical work over the last three years has involved immersing myself in various collaborations.
Future Reflections Research Group (FR)
Timeline: January 2007 - October 2009
Overview: Future Reflections Research Group (FR) investigated the theory and practice of art research as an emerging and transgressive field of inquiry. Founded in April 2007 and based at Chelsea College of Art and Design (London, UK), FR's members have divergent art practices, skills and sensibilities. But overarching these differences is an interest in practice-led art research as a collaborative process.
Constituency: FR is comprised of three Ph.D. students from Chelsea: Katrine Hjelde, Catherine Maffioletti and me. Aaron McPeake was a founding member of the group and worked the first project FR1: Future Reflections (Chelsea College of Art and Design, May 2007) and Michaela Ross collaborated with Katrine and me on FR5: Future Re/interpretation (Research into Practice, October 2008).
Outputs: The group's outputs take the form of projects.
FR produces three kinds of texts:
Project Questions: When is art research? How can research be art? Where's the "work" in art research? Where is the knowledge(s) in the art Ph.D.? What kind of subjectivity/subjectivities does collaborative art research produce?
My interest in FR included:
Critical Practice (CP)
Timeline: March to September 2008
Overview: Ecoes began with an interest in Actor Network Theory (ANT). It aimed to explore the possibilities of using this approach to edit video documentation of an event, specifically Jem Mackay's footage of The Market of Ideas, Critical Practice’s contribution to the Festival of Europe held at Chelsea, March 16, 2008.
Constituency/Working Group: There were five collaborators: Cinzia Cremona, Jem Mackay, Corado Morgana, Michaela Ross and me, with Jem and I acting a co-working group leaders.
Outputs: The group produced three texts for the Network of Design Conference:
Project Questions: What are the possibilities of using Actor Network Theory (ANT) to edit video documentation of an event? What are the possibilities of using video to creatively reveal collaborative structures of cultural production? In what ways do visual inscriptions of network activity differ from written ones? Moreover, how might ANT be used as a method for fine art practice-led research?
My interests in Ecoes included:
Overview: Parade grew out of our BIG IDEAS activity at the CP picnic in June 2008. Exploring the intersection of publics and public space, this project culminated in an event in May of 2010 on "publicness". Here CP and collaborators sought to gather/constitute various publics. Each working group member has a different sense of what these conditions might be, but it's generally agreed that:
Parade's is also unfolding through CP's growing ties with Polish artists, architects, curators and other cultural producers interested in aspects of "publicness".
Constituency/Working Group:Members include Ciniza, Ewelina, Ken, Kuba, Marsha, Michaela and Neil.
Parade provides space to:
HTAP Oral Archive:
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FR5: Future (Re)iteration at the Art of Research, Research Narratives, Chelsea College of Art and Design, October 2008
Michaela editing clips for the video installation of Ecoes at Networks of Design, August 2008