A Gate Through Which The Boundaries Slip - New Materialism, Narrative Film and Feminist Fiction Writing In The Field Of Contemporary Art
Royal College of Art, London
Supervisor: Professor Johnny Golding
Over the last 15 years, my award-winning moving image artworks have been at the forefront of narrative visual practice and have gained international recognition at leading art institutions.My work has emphasised questions of materiality, embodiment and sensuality in the technological era. It is informed by current feminist debates that stage organic and electronic bodies and interfaces as intimately entangled environments of intelligence, sense perception, and data cognition (Barad, Haraway). In so doing, it challenges the primacy conventionally given to abstract thought and instead foregrounds the sensuous immediacy of experience and cultural agency (Golding, Hayles). There is no purely cognitive economy (Lazzarato), no mind independent of matter (Bergson), no theory without lived experience (Lyotard).Consolidating these claims and bringing them to bear on the urgent ethical, sociopolitical and ecological challenges we face today necessitates the activation and elaboration of a radically different artistic and political imagination. My research will focus on key works by feminist writers who use their lives and bodies as material to actualise these propositions and thus extend our possibilities for agency and ethical coexistence (Acker, Preciado).I will be using digital, time-based media as my preferred medium and primary research tool to further develop their approaches, as it presents a means to go beyond written, language-based narration to making use of the added dimensions of sound, image and time.My research will result in an innovative multi-episode online video series that articulates our being in the world alongside other entities through revealing a multiplicity of interlocking human and non-human perspectives, materialities, temporalities and scales. It will aim to answer the question if the artistic application of digital-time based media makes it possible to conceive of new forms of representation and subjectivity that coemerge from and are immanent to a critical and sensuous engagement with it.