Research   Statement

My research is enmeshed within aural-visual cultures, critical theory and contemporary art practice. I am interested in developing modalities of listening across academic writing, performance and mixed media installation. Within an age of finitude and increasingly obfuscated digital materialisms, how as Isabelle Stengers asks, do we ‘listen to that which insists, obscurely?' 

I take a politico-imaginary approach to contemporary ecological debate. This has led to experimental projects covering a range of issues including cryptozoology, digital trash and postproduction nature sound. I am committed to amplifying forms of power within the creative and critical use of documentary media and site-based performance practices. The technologized landscapes of contemporaneity demand a multi-sensual response in which the affective and non-representational must be encountered within the hard realms of knowledge production or material ‘truth’. In this sense my research constantly navigates the mediated rituals and constructs bound into any process of capture and framing. What or who is being excluded within such processes is a central question, as is a consideration for more-than-human witnessing and rights.


Areas

Aurality [cultures, power, ecology]; nature/post-nature studies [subjectivity, rights, representation]; media ecologies [materialisms, infrastructures, histories]; performance [site-specific art, fictions, documentation]; technology [animals, recycling, misuse]


Affiliations

Platforms

Associate Lecturer [MA/BA Sound Arts] London College of Communication, UAL 

Visiting Lecturer/artist [MA Ecology & Contemporary Performance] University of the Arts, Helsinki 

Artist in Residence [Leverhulme Trust, 2017] MMU

Core Member [Listening Across Disciplines] AHRC

Co-Convener/founder [Points of Listening] CRiSAP

Visiting Lecturer [MA Fine Arts] Central Saint Martins, UAL 

Visiting Lecturer [MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research] Central School of Speech and Drama