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I am willing to take students interested in cultural organisation, aesthetics, landscape studies and social theories of visuality.

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My research spans three areas. Firstly in co-produced research with cultural organisations including galleries, event spaces and curators. This work has included the Hatton Gallery and the Merz Barn Wall, MIMA, TESTT Space, NewBridge, Allenheads Contemporary Arts and many others.

Secondly, in an expansive theoretical and historical practice resting upon critical theory which takes in the aesthetics of the Frankfurt School to the landscapes of northern England. I am specifically informed by the notion of imagined and imaginary landscapes and what this might mean for political and historical practice. The concept of autonomy in art and politics is central to understanding the kinds of speculative and alternative futures humans and other species are attempting to build.

Thirdly in the art and philosophy of Greek antiquity and specifically its sculptural mythology. Much of my practice rests upon an understanding of autonomy and aesthetics largely rooted in readings of Marx, Castoriadis, Adorno, Arendt, Heidegger and the notion of classical art and sculpture.

I am the editor of the Routledge book series 'Visual Modernities' and am the author of 7 academic monographs. My next book is forthcoming from Routledge in 2021 - 'Visualising Worlds: World-Making and Social Theory' and I am currently working on a monograph on the philosophy of statues.

I am part of the AnMor editorial group examining imagined landscapes, was the co-producer of the ERiS (Experimental Research in Spaces) seminar series at Baltic 39 and am an active participant in the Visual and Material Cultures and BxNU research groups. I am lead for the Decolonising Research strand of Decolonising Northumbria and my research informs my role as Co-Lead for the MA in Creative and Cultural Industries Management.

Education/Academic qualification

Social Research, PhD, Brunel University London

Award Date: 30 Mar 1997


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