Welcome to Marsha Bradfield's current research hub on the Critical Practice wiki.
This is a repository for my post-doc, which I undertook through Critical Practice Research Cluster at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Scroll down for a bit more about me. I look forward to updating this soon.
My Post-doc Project: Valuing the Economy and Ecology of Collaborative Cultural Production
I am currently undertaking in a two-year post-doc fellowship at CCW, University of the Arts London. My project evolved from my practice-based PhD on dialogic art (discussed above/right) and my research as part of Critical Practice. Overlapping in time/space, these enquires composed each other through a common focus. Both explored the authorship of cultural production as always already collaborative and contingent, subject to both specific and systemic conditions and shot through with a polyphony of voices past, present and future. I am especially interested in the interdependence of cultural production, with this spread across:
Feeding into Critical Practice's interest in evaluation (2012-2015), my current research 'evaluates' the Cluster's co-authorship through the dual lenses of economy and ecology.
My recently completed PhD minds this gap by proposing a praxis of dialogic art. I define this as art brought into being through exchanges between people as they interact with information, objects, and/or each other. Dialogic art considers structures of cultural co-production (collectivity, collaboration, participation, etc.) to better understand the complex interactions through which culture is authored.
My practice-based research insists that in addition to co-creating artworks and cultures of collaboration, cultural producers also co-author their individual and shared subjectivities through working together. Elaborating an interdisciplinary framework for engaging the reciprocities among these three areas (work, culture, subjectivity) remains core to my research.
Dialogic art draws on Mikhail Bakhtin's philosophy of dialogue, John Law's and Bruno Latour's work on Actor Network Theory (ANT) and post-structuralist ideas about compound-complex subjectivities, viz. experience of self where individualization and collectivization get all messed up. Key terms include: the dialogic, reciprocal relations, methodological mess, hybrid authorship, politicised not knowing, the post-collaborative condition and self-portraiture of a process.
A long time ago I received a BA in History and Art History from the University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada and then a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. For several years I lived in Taipei Taiwan, where I studied Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University (國立台灣師範大學國語教學中心) while working as a docent at The National Palace Museum.
At present I'm based London, UK but spend most of my time in other timezones and spaceslips working with My People online and around the world.
When I'm not developing my post-doc project (described below/left), I'm probably meeting with Critical Practice, Precarious Workers Brigade, Contemporary Marxist Collective or Pangaea Sculptors Centre.Email me at marshabradfieldatgmaildotcomb