Music as a collaborative discipline: issues to address, exchange of music and art elements and the role of the contributors.

The purpose of my research derives from the connection found between some contemporary music and the visual arts. Very often we can observe in painting a texture or structure that music can translate into different sounds applying techniques that can be understood as equivalent. The objective of my research is to work in extracting and moving by analogy concepts from one field to the other in a bidirectional way creating a code in which both disciplines merge into each other producing an audiovisual experience for the public. Both, sound and visual arts are understood as one full work where what we see is related to what we listen and vice versa.

Archaeology: Site, Object, Context; Interpreting A Collection.  A study of the ceramic work of Robert Louis Blatherwick (1920-1993)

The previously unrecorded work of Robert Louis Blatherwick occupies an empty space, representing a gap in the recording of twentieth century ceramic history. The body of work produced deserves attention.

Conferred 2016

Visual Activism in Israel and the Occupied Territories

My PhD thesis is concerned with examining the politics of visibility, expressly related to nonviolent Palestinian and international activist practices carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Conferred 2016

Writing the West Midlands: A GeoHumanities Approach to the Poetry of Place

How does creative-critical practice open up new ways to imagine and understand the complex geographies of the post-industrial urban West Midlands? My research will produce a substantial body of original poems drawn from field-work; review post-1960 West Midlands place poetry; examine the creative approaches used to highlight geographical themes; plus expand regional knowledge and understanding, using existing spatial theories and auto-ethnography.

Drawing the Wake: illustrative notational drawing as a valid alternative reading of James Joyce’ Finnegans Wake

The place of Finnegans Wake in the canon of Western literature might initially to make it appear to be an odd choice of text for illustrative interpretation. However, its peculiar position as a hugely influential, yet relatively unread work suggest it as an appropriate object through which to examine interactions between the literary and the visual imagination.

Conferred 2018

The Multimodal book as organism, artefact and assemblage: non-human agency in processes of growing and making.

This practice-based research diffracts the hierarchical dominance of humans over nature by considering non-human agency in the processes of growing and making. The ‘multimodal book’, conceived as an investigative practice which includes the maker and reader, and also an assemblage of works which come together in an exhibition, is developed to examine and articulate human-non-human relationships. Haptic and temporal aspects of the book are explored alongside growing plants to set up a dynamic interplay between concepts of organism and artefact and to interrogate non-human agency in the processes of growing and making.

The Potential for a Genre and Corpus Analysis of Academic writing to inform Content in the Writing Component of a University Pre-sessional English Course.

Academic writing is an important skill for all students in higher education, but can be particularly demanding for international students. Pre-sessional English courses aim to assist these students to reach a level of ability in the language that will enable them to successfully complete their programs of study, and a significant component of this process is learning the features, characteristics, and techniques of academic writing. However, there is some cause to question how accurately the content of such courses reflects the reality of how academic writers write, or the disciplinary variation found across academic discourse communities. An analysis of academic corpora composed of writing from published sources as well as from native, and non-native English speaking students may prove extremely useful in guiding pedagogy by highlighting the features of academic writing that may most benefit pre-sessional students.

The role of design practice in exploring and interpreting paranormal phenomena.

The concept of para-design will be developed through a series of studies that explore, test and measure the experience of unexplained phenomena. Findings from this research project have potential to enrich a broad range of future research in the design of scenarios for health and wellbeing, enriching social and cultural relationships with place, establishing new connections with environmental ecology and developing new insights for architecture, design and spatial planning.

Art Collectives in Israel

My research examines art collectives in relation to social and political changes in Israel, as well in relation to similar worldwide socially engaged art. It aims to contribute to the understanding of the socio-political potential of art. From a local perspective, my research aims to contribute to the development of a theoretical framework through which to read Israeli art from social and political perspectives, with emphasis on historical and current moments in which art, politics, and social change intersect.

What is the material agency of digital decay and how is it revealed through curatorial practice?

The concept of decay has been commonly associated with still life in art practice. Since the 1980s, the presence of digital technology in art has grown and notions of matter, the medium and immateriality had to be reconsidered in order to address art practices that deal with new materials. Building on Jussi Parikka’s idea of ‘geology of media’ (2015), the PhD aims at reconsidering the concept of decay and its intrinsic nature of material process, following new parameters of matter and time brought into discussion by digital technology. Considering materiality as materials immersed in an instable flow means to think of both software and hardware obsolescence as crucial elements in defining decay as a form of agency.