This site is a practical space for me to store and collect information relating to my PhD at Department of History of Art & Screen Media, Birkbeck University. It consists mainly of academic material and ideas linking to my ongoing art practice, and creative exploration under the main theme of Art, Technology and Social change.
Short Summary about the PhD Imaginative Dissent: Art, Technology and Social Change.
‘An Imaginative Dissent: Art, Technology and Social Change’, asks how can independent thinking artists and artist led groups and arts organisations, sustain their practice in a time of global, economic crisis, in a climate of social upheaval and powerful cultural changes; whilst remaining connected to their own beliefs, values and intentions? If we are submersed within frameworks and protocols, designed for a neoliberal elite, and the generic consumer class; how can art practice offer any ‘authentic’ depth, meaning or social integrity?
Where are these art communities and the resources for an imaginative and genuinely cultural autonomy? Who are these individuals and groups forging alternate routes? Can we learn from them, collaborate with them to bring about new territories of exploration beyond the limiting reductionism of de-regulated global, corporatism? In what ways can art be critically minded and progressive, in which to share, contribute and reclaim, and (potentially) build productive actions and routes, out of this ever narrowing cul-de-sac as it continues to dominate the very fabric of our daily lives?
This enquiry comes from one’s own grounded experience in working across the fields of art, technology, and various social contexts. The main field of study is ‘New Media Art’, or what many also call ‘Media Art’, although much of the PhD will also be investigating contemporary ideas around what some have called Post-media.