Research Group 2017-2018

Participants Research Group 2017-2018

The Research Group 2017-2018 was chaired by Alice Twemlow, head of Design Lectorate

Rachel Bacon, tutor in BA Fine Arts and guest tutor in MA Artistic Research, is exploring the relationship between the extractive activity of mining and the additive activity of drawing, and how an understanding of this relationship might contribute to the development of a non-exploitative and imaginative drawing practice capable of responding to ecological crisis.

Keywords: radical intimacy, geotrauma, ecofeminism, dark ecology, graphite, fault lines.

Rachel Bacon, UnBecoming no. 2, 2016, graphite on crumpled paper, 55 x 80 cm. © Andrew Youngson
Rachel Bacon, UnBecoming no. 2, 2016, graphite on crumpled paper, 55 x 80 cm. © Andrew Youngson
Rachel Bacon, How a Pencil Becomes a Diamond, 2016, graphite on crumpled paper, 66 x 63 cm. © Andrew Youngson.
Rachel Bacon, How a Pencil Becomes a Diamond, 2016, graphite on crumpled paper, 66 x 63 cm. © Andrew Youngson.
The "Friday of Victory" after Hosni Mubarak’s fall, Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Lara Baladi, February 18, 2011.
The "Friday of Victory" after Hosni Mubarak’s fall, Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Lara Baladi, February 18, 2011.

Eric Kluitenberg, tutor in BA ArtScience and MA ArtScience, wants to further develop his conceptual model of ‘affect space’, whereby large groups of people, organised by the use of mobile technology, experience affective intensity in the physical context of urban public space. He is conducting research into what kinds of designed interventions might help to distribute agency more equitably across the different actors (citizens, corporations, civic organisations, authorities etc.) operating in this space.

Keywords: affect theory, protest, flow, techno-sensuousness, somatic turn, public space

Candlelight vigil for the 26th anniversary of the June 4th incident in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2015. Foto Exploringlife (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Candlelight vigil for the 26th anniversary of the June 4th incident in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2015. Foto Exploringlife (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Niels Schrader, co-head of BA Graphic Design and MA Non-Linear Narrative, is researching the concept of ‘digital pollution’— and how we can understand more fully what happens when the resources needed to create, share and store our daily output of 2,5 quintillion bytes of so-called ‘virtual’ data encroach on the physical environment.

Keywords: e-waste, digital heritage, information overload, server farms, digital ecosystem.

Google data center. © Google/Connie Zhou.
Google data center. © Google/Connie Zhou.

Rosa te Velde, tutor in BA Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, is using post-colonial and decoloniality theories to examine the ways in which notions of the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ are imagined, represented and constructed in the marketing strategies and buying choices made by the budget Dutch retail chain Xenos, which promotes itself with the tagline ‘adventurous and worldly’.

Keywords: decoloniality, material culture, exotic authenticity, other, boutique multiculturalism.

Donald Weber, tutor in BA Photography and MA Photography and Society, seeks to understand how the photographic perspective of hyper-verticality is used as a means by which 21st century administrative power surveilles and shapes our perception of landscape and conflict, and how documentary photography might play a role in subverting this power dynamic.

Keywords: conflict photography, battlescape, radical verticality, perspective, information visualization, surveillance economy.

Donald Weber, Shrapnel Fragment (Diotom), O-FG-265-051913. From the series War Sand, published in 2018.
Donald Weber, Shrapnel Fragment (Diotom), O-FG-265-051913. From the series War Sand, published in 2018.
Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Easy Green - October 23, 2015, 12:02pm. 13oC, 66% RELH, Wind SSW, 4 Knots. VIS: Good, Overcast Haze, Thunderstorms. From the series War Sand, published in 2018.
Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Easy Green - October 23, 2015, 12:02pm. 13oC, 66% RELH, Wind SSW, 4 Knots. VIS: Good, Overcast Haze, Thunderstorms. From the series War Sand, published in 2018.
Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Aerial Flight #01. From the series War Sand, published in 2018.
Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Aerial Flight #01. From the series War Sand, published in 2018.