Making a Souvenir of yourself: Nostalgia Production and Retro in Contemporary UK Culture
Making a Souvenir of yourself: Nostalgia Production and Retro in Contemporary UK Culture
The project makes a case for fashion as a portent of the political near-present through the example of the rise of the Vintage brand. In particular, the replication of 1940s austerity during our age of austerity is questioned as mass-conservatism. This loss of faith in the future reveals a dissatisfaction not primarily with the capitalist present, but of the notion of a shared utopian vision.
copyright, copyleft, copyfree, copyfarleft, anti-copyright, activism, appropriation, licenses, free culture, open knowledge, digital art, media art.
The research is about the different motivations, purposes and intentions that can lead an artist to create copyleft, open source, or free art, as well as the compromises, misunderstanding and other forms of transformations that emerge from such a novel techno-legal framework.
This research project presents an attempt to open up new possibilities for the aesthetics of computational digital media. In this thesis, the aesthetic investigation of computation is understood as an ontological question about the relation between abstract entities and abstract processes on the one hand, and experience on the other. The issues that then arise involve looking at both the formal and factual dimensions of computation, and arguing for the centrality of abstraction within the construction of experience. In doing so, this thesis aims to offer a re-conceptualisation of contingency within formal axiomatic systems, vis-à-vis cultural and scientific notions of incomputability and debates about the limits of formal reasoning.
architecture, sound, acoustics, soundscape studies, metaphysics, philosophy.
This practice-based research explores how to rethink and build up the experience of time in space through the understanding of vibration's materiality. Through experimental modes of architectural practice, I develop tools and unfold spatial concepts to contribute for the embodiment of frequencies in the design of space, arguing for a vibrational ecology and attuned experiences.
Ink and Pencils from Pollution
Power and the Image: Televised Surveillance and the Governability of the Communicated Human
The project takes a theoretical approach to the use of Closed Circuit Television in the process of governing with an emphasis on McLuhan, Baudrillard and Foucault.
Joy Devotion: A Year of Trinkets, Tributes and Trash at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone
"I have a book out based on my PhD work, Joy Devotion: A Year of Trinkets, Tributes and Trash at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone, have done two exhibitions of the photography around my PhD, one in London and one in San Francisco with Shepard Fairey, and I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Program Leader in Arts and Culture Management at the University of East London. My monograph of my thesis will be available in early 2014 on Macmillan."
(Jennifer passed her viva in Sept. 2013)
Philosophy of architecture. Post-structuralism and Actor-Newtork Theory, Urban Studies, Contemporary speculative philosophies, Topology.
The Anonymous City: From Modern standardisation to Generic Models.
Proposing to distinguish between inductive architecture practices and generative architecture practices, this thesis constructs The Anonymous City as an heuristical model running through all modernity. It notably engages with the theoretical work of Rem Koolhaas and the notion of the generic to see how it transforms the relation Modern standardisation has had to the urban condition.
(Jeremy had his MPhil viva in Jan 2014 and moved to Manchester University)
Ji Hyeon Kim
Media & Cultural Industries; Art Production and Consumption; Digital ethnographic research
After the Web, Art Amateur in Cultural Productions
This study aims to review the academic application of amateurs and amateurism, which have received a new perspective in the digital era, from a critical viewpoint. As Industrialization has had an impact on the overall fields of culture since the modern age and diversification has prevailed in the labour sector, the concept of the ‘amateur’, which was used to characterize a certain member of the upper class in society, has turned into that of a non-professional cultural producer who creates cultural text through serious leisure activities without asking for money. And amateurs have started to pay attention to their socio-political roles. Although it was commonly considered that the quality of the products amateurs or amateurism produced was more superficial than that of professionals or through professionalism, there has been a re-evaluation of the informal and social exchange of their cultural outputs through various online platforms. For example, the Web 2.0 platform, which emerged after the Internet, encourages participation in cultural productions and forms a network among its participants. This article pays special attention to so-called “art amateurs of the post-web” who are bringing upheaval to the concept of amateurs and amateurism itself as well as that of art and artists, while they are actively participating in producing, mediating and consuming a symbolic value of art.
performing arts, cultural policy and politics, postcolonial theory, Africa, ethnography
The impact of globalisation and commodification on performing arts in West Africa
My PhD research aims to understand the phenomenon of contemporary cultural (ex)change in the context of globalisation, analysing its significance for and impact on performing arts in the global south from a very specific, local perspective. By focusing on contemporary forms of cultural translation and translocation in a specific location at the intersection of postcolonial and global cultural and political dynamics, it will put the consumption of global cultural trends in the local context of specific agents and factors that mediate, impact and localise them. This shall allow rethinking the global through the local and context-specific and also offer a more nuanced view on current arts practices in the global south that are often considered to become more and more “globalised”.
Institute Pierre Menard: For a 'New' Translation of Dante's Comedy
My research is broadly motivated by a prefigurative will to undermine pedagogical metanarratives that propound inequalities of intelligences. This leitmotif fuels in turn a necessity to translate, counter-translate and re-write canonical works, minor literatures and autobiographies of others. More specifically, my PhD project consists in a close reading of Dante's Comedy and how this could inform contemporary disputes in cultural and educational circles.
Pop Music: Attention/Inattention, Complicity and Catharsis.
Considering popular music, in all its mediated forms, as the ambient hum of late capitalism; this project examines the social and cultural impact of such an art form and how it is itself being reshaped and reproduced.
healthcare information interaction, extended mind theory, medical decision making
Exploratory Search and extended cognition in Healthcare: Redesigning Interaction and Decision-Making
Value: Time and Technology
The project focusses on new forms of valorisation in contemporary capitalism. The research is concerned with the political economy of media and information, bio-social reproduction and the intersections between these fields. This involves the relation of value with the materiality of technology and labour as well as concepts of (real) abstraction and commodification. Interests include the critique of political economy, (materialist) political theory, science and technology studies, especially concerning economics and algorithmic computation, and the ‘nature’ of political economy.
Beyond Bare Life: Emerging Conceptualisations of Immigration Detainees
My research examines representational strategies in academic, activist and charitable work on the subject of immigration detention in the UK. I use a variety of analytical strategies, combining interviews and participant observation in ngos and activist groups with textual analysis of literary and visual representations of the bodies of immigration detainees.
Rosa Menkman brings in early information theorists not usually encountered in glitch’s theoretical foundations to refine a signal and informational vocabulary appropriate to glitch’s technological moment(um) and orientations. This dissertation will sense of recent glitch art and culture: technically, culturally, critically, aesthetically and finally as a genre. The glitch takes on a different form in relation to noise, failure or the accident. It transitions between artifact and filter; between radical breakages and commodification processes. I will show how we need to be clearer about the relationship between the technical and cultural dimensions of glitch culture. Honing in on the specificities of glitch artifacts within this broader perspective makes it possible to think through some of the more interesting implications of glitched media experience. Using a critical media aesthetic orientation, I address the ongoing definitional tensions, paradoxes, and debates that any notion of glitch art as a genre must negotiate, rather than elude.
media philosophy, architecture and design, education, ethnography, postcolonialism
Media Architectures - Topogeneses of Three Maker Labs
My research explores how community workshops called 'fab labs' or 'hackspaces' can be understood as new designs of Being-in-the-world in meta-technical capitalism. Theorists I'm working with include Heidegger, Sloterdijk, Simondon, Papert and Illich.
How Long Is Now? A study into the spatiotemporal qualities of mobile media in location-specific interaction 2001 to 2008
The thesis’s method and approach is twofold; firstly, it is a philosophical enquiry as to the spatiotemporal qualities of mobile media and, secondly, an empirical study of non-commercial projects in the field of locative media from 2001 to 2008. The investigation of commonalities and differences between Lefebvre’s ‘lived’ (1961, 1974, 1992) and Bergson’s ‘duration’ (1889, 1896) binds together the methodological approach of this thesis, and underpins the exploration of how temporality and urban space are experienced and lived today through the incessant access to instantaneous communication. The thesis investigates the spatiotemporal qualities of mobile media and their manifestation in user-generated trends: Bluetoothing, Happy Slapping, the cameraphone image and User Generated Content and experimentations in media art: locative media projects and location-based games. The space of data-share and exchange, proposed by the thesis, can be thought of as an aerial space of calculations, as it is supported by a mechanical infrastructure of base stations, antennas and satellites. Through the theories of Henri Lefebvre it can be said that practices in mobile media and locative media employ a production of space. For example, location based games and annotative maps employ representations of space, interactive public screens create representational spaces, and Bluetooth users employ a spatial practice. 'Time travelling', 'spatial layering', and a 'perpetual now', are all concepts explored in the thesis. Spatial layering is examined as an object of study that can help in interaction design and articulation of new mode of perception. Time travelling investigates the temporal qualities of mobile media. ‘A perpetual now’ alerts to the dangers of interacting, creating and communicating with content whose meaning is interdependent of temporal and spatial qualities. Today, the definitive referential quality in mobile media objects is their spatiotemporal signature; where and when they were compiled and how soon after they were viewed.
The Provocations of Vulnerability
Tiffany's research is an investigation the ethical ambiguity of vulnerability as condition of openness to suffering from and inflicting harm as well as administering care. The project seeks to explore whether there is an obligation or responsibility prescribed by vulnerability and its influence in movements between violent and non-violent responses.
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