Kate Liston

Kate Liston


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I am an Assistant Professor at Northumbria University. I currently lead on two Fine Art Foundation Year and two Year 1 BA Fine Art modules, and I supervise practice-led or interdisciplinary PhDs. Previous to my position here I was an Associate Lecturer at Sunderland University. 

I have produced site-responsive artist commissions since 2010, spanning installation, writing and moving-image. I am interested in the ways humans relate to and understand their environments. In research terms this means I engage with cognitive processing, tacit knowledge production and sensory learning within the more-than-human world. In practical terms, it means I respond to ideas and materials which are to hand and work site-responsively. In addition to my solo practice, I collaborate with artist Tess Denman-Cleaver and separately, with an evolving group of staff and students at Northumbria as NEUSCHLOSS. 

My own PhD Link Zone: an exploration of the sensation of knowledge through a practice of art and writing (2017) used storytelling and autotheory to challenge presuppositions about the immateriality of knowledge within the academy. I am interested in supervising practice-led PhDs engaging in a broad range of subjects, particularly those seeking to explore embodied knowledge, human / non-human relations, and especially those using writing as practice. 

Education/Academic qualification

Fine Art, PhD

30 Jun 201631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2016

Fine Art, PhD

Award Date: 30 Jun 2016


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    Kate Liston (Participant), Hamja Ahsan (Participant), Rachel Hann (Participant), David Bell (Participant), Alex Goody (Participant) & Alex Niven (Participant)

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    Kate Liston (Speaker)

    3 May 2021

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