• Colony

      Timberlake, John (2007)
      A solo exhibition of 10 framed photographic ink jet prints with drawing (108cm x 86cm). The installation addresses issues of realism and fiction in photography, and the construction of utopias and dystopias through the conceits of paradigms of realism, furthering Timberlake’s work concerning humanity, science and landscape. Timberlake is specifically interested in what kind of truths we expect from photography and drawing, in the context of his continued engagement with landscapes of the imaginary, and the role of photography in the construction of histories. In this series contrasts in scale and grids were combined with shifting perspectives to create compelling, unsettling and provocative images. The use of a large format rail camera allowed for an extended plane of focus and angled horizons similar to that of aerial photography; albeit over a very small patch of photographed land. In this way a field of detail was produced with a fragmented map of imagined spaces replacing the figure/ground dyad seen in some of the earlier work (for example the “Another Country” series). In this way Timberlake has sought to bring into question the position of the viewing subject.
    • Commanding Un-Empty Space: Silence, Stillness and Scopic Authority in the York Christ Before Herod

      Black, Daisy; Blud, Victoria; Heath, Diane; Klafter, Einat (Institute of Historical Research, 2017)
    • Commemorative Window

      Bird-Jones, Christine (2003)
      A large (30’x12’) window in Bethania Chapel, Bethesda, North Wales, commissioned in memory of the 1900-1903 Slate Quarrymen’s Strike in Bethesda. The final window design was based upon ideas and images that address the village’s essential relationship to the landscape and its slate bedrock. Central feature of the work was a window within the window, placed upon a slate stone windowsill. The piece is constructed of three layers of antique glass, enamelled glass and blown glass. For this project, Bird-Jones researched the artistic translation of collective social memory. She conducted a significant collaborative inquiry with community members and school groups during her residency to understand local memory and contemporary narrative, as a basis for developing artistic and technical plans for the window. Extensive social, historical and visual research was conducted. Discovery of visual as well as social remnants of the strike directly influenced the design of the window. Images in texts etched into slate, in homes, the public space and in the landscape, and the particular weather and light qualities of the nearby mountains informed the transparency and opacity of the window design. Experience of the enduring social split following the strike led the design’s conceptual content, the inscriptions of 1000 villagers on the window, a process symbolically bringing together families split for a century. Bird-Jones worked with 3 German fabrication studios running experiments with technique, materials and processes before developing sample panels for the window.
    • A comparative study on the acoustic behaviour of free-standing curved and flat single panel screens in an open-plan enclosed environment

      Arjunan, Arun; Foteinou, Aglaia (Institute of Noise Control Engineering, 2017-12-07)
      Free-standing flat screen partitions are commonly used in open-plan environments to improve the visual and acoustic privacy of employees and to differentiate individual work spaces. Acoustic behaviour of flat screen single leaf barriers under free-field conditions have been extensively studied over the past years. However, the behaviour of free standing structures in enclosed spaces are not fully investigated and hence any opportunities for geometrical improvements such as damping effect of added curvature has not been considered. Curved structures are known to exhibit different stiffness behaviour compared to flat structures of similar global dimensions. Consequently, this work is an initial attempt to understand the acoustic performance of free-standing curved screens in comparison with flat screens of similar global dimensions simulated in an open-plan but enclosed environment. Vibroacoustic simulation using the Finite Element Method (FEM) is used in this study to predict the acoustic response and to conduct further parametric analysis. The numerical model presented in this study is validated using experimental test at one-third-octave bands for a frequency range of 100 to 3150 Hz. The results of this study provide a better understanding of the acoustic performance of flat and curved free-standing single panel structures in enclosed environments. It is considered that this can help in developing acoustically efficient free-standing partitions for open-plan offices.
    • Compositions colour-pattern-form

      Shaw, Vicky (2005)
      A solo exhibition comprising 120 pieces made over a period of 18 months. The artist is noted for an uncanny level of control and finish in her handwork with porcelain. Working with Jasper, the ‘signature’ clay body of Wedgwood which lacks the translucency and purity of porcelain, raised a range of technical questions concerning its plasticity and surface quality including colour. Shaw experimented with different combinations of form, colour, and surface finish usually used for porcelain, in particular the use of porcelain-mono-printing and screen-printing, which she has pioneered, to develop new perceptions and uses of Jasperware.
    • Contemporary Czech Society by Lyons, Pat and Kindlerová, Rita (eds)

      Dickins, Tom (Modern Humanities Research Association, 2018-04)
      Contemporary Czech Society, edited by Pat Lyons and Rita Kindlerová, is a wide-ranging study of current attitudinal trends and changing realities, based on insights drawn largely from mass survey data. This highly engaging and thought-provoking work, which employs a social scientific framework, seeks and largely manages to present a value-free account of popular perceptions of the self and others. The publication comprises five sections: Preface; Introduction; Theory, methods, and structure; fifty-seven short empirically-informed chapters; and Conclusion, which contains a ‘cross-validation’. The separate chapters include contributions from eighteen different scholars, although Lyons’ own input merits special recognition, not least because it exceeds that of all the other authors as a whole. The main body of the text is divided into five broadly conceived thematic parts, which consider Czech society from economic, historical, political science, psychological, and sociological perspectives. Each chapter adopts an erotetic (question and answer) approach, and is grounded in solid scholarship, with reference to numerous secondary sources, and models and frameworks, but without conventional academic citations and footnotes. The study is thus presumably intended both for a general educated market keen to learn more about the dynamics and values Czech society, and for a more specialized readership, with an interest in particular aspects of the subject area.
    • Contingency and necessity in Evald Ilyenkov’s communist cosmology

      Penzin, Alexei (e-flux, 2018-02-01)
      The article argues for contemporary relevance of "Cosmology of the Spirit" by the outstanding Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, and explores its historical and intellectual contexts. This short treatise was written in the first half of the 1950s, but only published posthumously in the 1980s as it was too heretical to be published in the author’s lifetime. The text was heretical because of its enormous speculative drive. Addressing the physicist idea of the “entropic death of the universe” and using a combination of materialist dialectics and Spinoza’s concept of attribute, Ilyenkov claimed that thought is a necessary attribute of matter as it is able to prevent the terminal entropy of the universe. The paper uses the ideas of Ilyenkov’s cosmology in order to critically address contemporary currents of “speculative” philosophy.
    • Correct or Proper Distance

      Roberts, John; Power, Nina (Bookworks, 2015)
    • The Courtesan and the Collaborator: Marguérite

      Chandler, Clare; Jubin, Olaf (Routledge, 2021-03-18)
    • Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Full Project Report

      Niedderer, Kristina; Mackrill, James; Clune, Stephen; Lockton, Dan; Ludden, Geke; Morris, Andrew; Cain, Rebecca; Gardiner, Edward; Gutteridge, Robin; Evans, Martyn; et al. (University of Wolverhampton, CADRE, 2014-10-31)
    • Creating Sustainable Innovation through Design for Behaviour Change: Summary Report

      Niedderer, Kristina; Mackrill, James; Clune, Stephen; Lockton, Dan; Ludden, Geke; Morris, Andrew; Cain, Rebecca; Gardiner, Edward; Gutteridge, Robin; Evans, Martyn; et al. (University of Wolverhampton, CADRE, 2014-09-18)
    • Creative Approaches to Exploring the Interstice between the Virtual and the Real

      Harrison, Dew (IEEE, 2014)
      The creative application of digital technologies is accelerating as artists, designers and technologists continue to experiment and explore ways to create new aesthetic fields, semantically enhanced communication and innovative relations between people and machines. Our virtual worlds meet the real material world through the interdisciplinary research of computer scientists, digital media technologists, artists, designers and culture theorists. This paper will explore ways of bringing the virtual to the real through a range of differing conceptual positions and research approaches while demonstrating the creative interplay of variable media and online platforms for producing liminal works which cross the boundary between the analogue and the digital. The intent is to provide insights and examples of creative practice employing new technologies in innovative and unusual ways to generate exciting new work and offer new pathways for digital media research and development. The paper will present relevant theoretical frameworks and examples of current practice in the area of digitally enabled transitional spaces for artists, theorists and curators, as well as researchers working both in the field and beyond to those working with new technologies, social media platforms, and digital/ material culture.
    • The critical invariant: Avant-garde and change

      Altintzoglou, Evripidis (Intellect, 2018-12-01)
      ‘Change’ is the locus of the avant-garde’s revolutionary character. Historical claims and contemporary theorizations of the avant-garde enforce methodological distinctions between radical and conforming attitudes that fluctuate according to existing political agendas. This process of instrumentalization renders the avantgarde susceptible to the conformity of institutionalization. More importantly it prescribes the avant-garde with a subservient role that controls its operational means and deflates its capacity to produce politics. What is to be done, if the avant-garde achieves its goal for socio-political change? Are we to abandon the spirit of critical reflection and surrender to the conditions of the next system? How can there be an avant-garde after capitalism if its ends are solely confined in the substitution of one system with another? This article traces out this problem, assessing what kind of emancipatory potential we might expect, or hope for, from a post-capitalist avant-garde, by advancing a critical examination of recent theories of political subjectivity, the dialectics of change and the reconciliation of the institution.
    • Critical questions for WOLF: an evaluation of the use of a VLE in the teaching and assessment of English Studies

      Miles, Rosie; Colbert, Benjamin; Wilson, Frank (Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, 2005)

      Harrison, Paul; Wood, John (MUSEO DE ANTIOQUIA, MEDELLIN, COLUMBIA, 2014)
      John Wood (b.1969, Hong Kong) and Paul Harrison (b.1966, Wolverhampton) met in 1989 at the Bath College of Higher Education, and have worked together since 1993. John Wood and Paul Harrison make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints, drawings, and sculptures that elegantly fuse advanced aesthetic research with existential comedy. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works feature the actions of their own bodies, a wide variety of static and moving props, or combinations of both to illustrate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and having a life. The videos maintain a strict internal logic, with the action directly related to the duration of the work. Inside this 'logical world' action is allowed to happen for no apparent reason, tensions build between the environment and its inhabitant, play is encouraged and the influences on the work are intentionally mixed. In their not-always- successful experiments with movement and materials, many of which critic Tom Lubbock has described as “sculptural pratfalls,” Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy to reveal the inspiration and perspiration — as well as the occasional hint of desperation — behind all creative acts.
    • Cuckoo's eggs in the bureaucratic nest: Brigitte Reimann's Siberia diaries

      Steinke, Gabriela (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003)
      Cross-Cultural Travel presents the proceedings of a major international conference on literature and travel held in November 2002 at the National University of Ireland, under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy. The contributors, including such leading scholars as Joep Leerssen and Luigi Monga, illustrate the remarkable scope and vitality of work currently undertaken in the field. Cross-Cultural Travel is a multidisciplinary crossroads where literature, cultural studies and history engage with a variety of other disciplines. Topics range from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century and from constructions in fiction and poetry to the testimonies of explorers, diplomats, servants of Empire, journalists, artists, tourists, or established writers. Among the authors featured are Rousseau, Heine, Hugo, Sand, Svevo, Cela, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barthes, Tabucchi, Chatwin, Allende, and Sebald. Taken together, these fifty essays illuminate the processes of identity formation, whether the great lines of national identity or the personal edges of awareness. They explore over time differing relationships to the physical world, experiences of cultural difference, and the interplay between the subject's mobility and its textualization.
    • Curating Between Worlds: How Digital Collaborations Become Curative Projects

      Harrison, Dew; Jeffery, Celina (Intellect Books, 2015)
      Digital technologies support social networking offering platforms through which artists can collaborate to create online exhibitions of their work. As an artist pursuing a computer-mediated practice I have found that my working methods have frequently become indistinguishable from that of curation. Technologies have developed and practice evolved, and my interest has moved accordingly towards cross-curation, where artists in physical spaces converge with those online in real-time events. This chapter will evidence the understanding of digital online artist collaborations as a necessary form of curation, from examples of experienced practice. Artists continue to experiment with new media forms and push boundaries of code to materialize the virtual, and curatorial methods will be challenged to support their evolving practices. Findings from a panel discussion on virtual curation will be proffered to support the view that it is the artists themselves driving this exploratory approach to curation, as part of their discursive collaborative methods for creating digital works
    • Czech Bluegrass: Notes from the Heart of Europe by Bidgood, Lee

      Dickins, Tom (Modern Humanities Research Association, 2018-07-01)
      Czech Bluegrass is an important, original and highly personal contribution to the defining characteristics and development of one of the more unlikely (but nonetheless significant) forms of musical expression in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. Bidgood’s approach, which is broadly ethnomusicological, renders his work accessible to a range of readers with a general interest in Czech culture and folk-spectrum music, as well as to musicians and musicologists with a more specialist knowledge of and/or liking for bluegrass. I am very much in the former category, and can claim no expertise in the making or interpretation of music, but I still found much of the content engaging and perspicuous.
    • Damsels in Distress: British Women Film Directors and British Cinema Funding Post Millennium

      HOCKENHULL, STELLA (Intellect, 2015-03)
      On 28 March 2013, a small group of British female academics submitted written evidence of their findings to a Commons Select Committee concerning the dearth of British women film and television directors within the industry. Entitled Women in the Workplace (Conley et al. 2013), part of that report contained evidence from Directors UK, an organization formed in 2008 that calls itself ‘the voice of British film and television directors’ (Conley et al. 2013). A professional association with over 4,500 members, Directors UK explicitly expressed concern over the paucity of female film and television directors within the British media industry, although the period from 2000 to 2010 saw a rise in female film directors, reaching a peak in 2009, when they accounted for 17.2 per cent of British film directors overall. The increase coincides with the initiation of the UK Film Council (UKFC) and its changing policies concerning the encouragement of greater diversity and equal opportunities within the film industry. Within a historical context and in light of funding and UKFC policy, this article analyses its impact on women film directors in British cinema post-millennium.