These are some of our core supervisors in the Art and Media program. We work with candidates to find the best supervisors for the research and are able to bring teams together from across the University. Examples are from Architecture, Art History, Design, Education, English and Environmental and Marine Sciences.
Carole Baker is a practice based researcher exploring posthumanist and phenomenological debates around the non-human animal through a Critical Realist photographic practice. Her current work Sensing the Familiar juxtaposes the social realities of Cyprus dog rescue with philosophical reflections on the nature of alterity, being, power and knowledge.
Tom Baugh explores alternative responses of understanding mental health that is accessible, empowering and non-stigmatising, and that leads to recovery and autonomy. He focusses on modes of perceiving the context, and impact of, diagnostic and non-diagnostic discourse, both in clinical environments and across other key societal settings.
Stephanie Black is an illustrator who has drawn things, glued things, sewn things, printed things, filmed things, hung things, projected things, buried things, burnt things, posted things, and combined things in order to represent diverse subject matter. She uses her practice to explore how illustration works, with a particular interest in its temporal qualities.
Christopher Cook is a painter who employs broadly surrealist processes and a specific monochrome medium to interrogate a range of themes, including genetic modification, sacred and profane architecture, and migration/protectionism. His work questions the relationship between painting and photographic reproduction, and between surrealist approaches and Eastern philosophies. Current research interests include Golden Age Still Life Painting, Chinese ink painting and ekphrastic poetry.
Phil Ellis is a researcher and artist, exploring the relationship between historical and contemporary television. He uses archival materials and re-enactment processes, employing interactive digital televisual technologies to engage with audiences in participatory culture. He is currently writing a chapter for a book to be published by Amsterdam University Press in late 2018.
Allister Gall works across film, moving image art and the creation of participatory environments. Since 2010, he has been exploring the idea of Imperfect Cinema that focuses on the emancipatory potential of imperfection and DIY punk principles, opening up spaces for collective experiences, aesthetic experimentation and social interaction. www.imperfectcinema.com / allistergall.net.
Jane Grant explores historical and contemporary scientific concepts focusing on neuroscience and astrophysics. She creates artworks and writing that engages the phenomenological aspects of these ideas in order to create ‘other worlds’. She is developing a series of site-based artworks about desire, longing and disappearance through the concept of the multiverse and solar physics. Her interdisciplinary research interests span across inhabitation, immersion and the non-human. www.janegrant.org/
Anya Lewin explores artist’s moving image and the spaces it can occupy along with the larger context of Artistic Research. She is currently focusing on narrative moving image in the gallery and experimental biography and has just completed a trilogy of moving image installations, which explore the intersection of personal and public archives and her own family connection with screen history. www.imadeitup.info.
Heidi Morstang works with contemporary photography and experimental documentary films. Her practice-based research explores the significance of landscape; she is interested in the social, cultural, environmental and archaeological histories embedded in landscapes. The majority of her work is created in the Nordic Arctic region, often in collaboration with scientists and various academic disciplines such as forensic archaeology, political and cultural history, the sciences, geo-sciences and pure mathematics. www.hcmorstang.co.uk.
Kayla Parker is an artist film-maker who creates innovative works for cinema, gallery, public and online spaces using film-based and digital technologies. Her research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with a particular interest in the interrelationship between still and moving image, and new materialism. www.kaylaparker.co.uk
Andrew Prior is a media artist and musician. His research interests are around media archaeology, post-digitality, and t(h)inkering – that is, thinking through tinkering or vice versa. His music has been released with Nonclassical, 4AD, Yacht Club and Counter Records, an imprint of Ninjatune. He has had work performed and exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Aarhus, Roskilde, London, Brno & Zilina. www.aprior.net
Simon Standing explores our relationship to sacred and secular architectural environments through photographic research. The current focus of which is urban development on the island of Cyprus undertaken within a recent artist residency. Further research explores his relationship with Gothic cathedrals across Europe that have been a very particular element of his personal and photographic identity over the last 30 years. www.simonstanding.co.uk.
Liz Wells writes and lectures on photographic histories and practices, and curates exhibitions on land and environment. She co-edits photographies peer-reviewed journal and is series editor for Photography, Place, Environment, Bloomsbury Academic Press (forthcoming). She is an elected member of the Board of Directors, Society for Photographic Education, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of Gothenberg.