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Ruth Solomons

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Practice as Research

Corkscrew Conversations, June 2017:

All conversations: 6pm – 8pm, Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts.

Refreshments will be served.

No booking required.

Over the course of 4 evenings in June current practice-based PhD students at Birkbeck will be in conversation with invited guests from a range of disciplinary perspectives including art, graphic design, medical humanities and creative writing. Join us in discussing the relationship between theory and practice in their research, explore how practice can be made visible and find out more about current issues practitioners face during and post-PhD.

These events are co-convened by Bruno Roubicek and Sophie Hope.

6 June   - Ruth Solomons (Birkbeck) and Katrine Hjelde (Chelsea College of Arts)

Ruth’s practice-led research draws not only on her experience of working as an artist, but also the experience of the risks and strategies undertaken in order to sustain practice. Through the research process, her painting practice has become increasingly interwoven with the perception of how artists work. Continuously working part-time, balancing rent rises against stagnant pay rates, and navigating oversubscribed, diminishing numbers of artists’ studios in city centres, are all connected aspects which influence the sense of work she is developing within her practice.

Katrine Hjelde (Ph.D.) is an artist, lecturer and researcher working as Course Leader for the Graduate Diploma Fine Art and as Senior Theory Lecturer, B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. As an artist she exhibits in Great Britain and Europe, collaborates with the architects practice b+r and works with the collective FLΔG, a group formed at Chelsea College of Arts in 2010, comprising of artists, students, former students, staff and researchers. FLΔG explores the relationship between art practices, art education, and pedagogy, looking at forms of knowledge production and dissemination in the art school and beyond.

13 June - Jan Nawrocki (Birkbeck) and Dr Muna Al Jawad, (Consultant Physician, Brighton and Sussex Hospitals)

Jan’s current research interests in the medical humanities and medical education centre on the judgement exercised by doctors in the course of the practice of medicine and surgery and in particular on the internal determinants of practical reasoning. His focus is on the missing language of negative dispositions to be found, nevertheless, in the narratives of doctors, surgeons and their patients but which by comparison may be more developed in other professions.

Muna is a consultant physician working in geriatric medicine. Her practical research concerns the comic book as a form of knowledge making. In particular in the potentials of the form for how we construct, analyse and use academic knowledge. What happens when the comic form is integrated into the research process itself? What might comics offer academic researchers in both methodological and analytical terms? Could we compose a research article in comic strip form?

20 June - Gerrie van Noord (Birkbeck) and Dr Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey (Liverpool)

Gerrie approaches her research from a practice as an editor of publications about or in relation to art. They are explored as jointly authored curatorial projects, rather than approaching them as purely material objects. This involves considering their possible position in relation to the discourse around curating and the curatorial as it has emerged over the last couple of decades, and also engaging with notions of authorship and relationality. Alongside reflecting on examples from her own practice, she examines a range of case studies from the 1960s onwards.

In 2014 Stuart completed a practice-based PhD in the Fine Art department at Reading University titled ‘Work-in-Progress: Form as a Way of Thinking’. Under the influence of Umberto Eco’s 1964 book of aesthetic theory, ’The Open Work’, his thesis loosely recounts ten years of work made under the name Dexter Sinister (together with his colleague David Reinfurt) in the grey area between art & design. Since then they have been working on a filmic adaptation of a piece of work described in the last chapter of the PhD, ‘The Last ShOt Clock’, which is concerned with ways and means of exiting regular modes of time.

27 June - Keith Jarrett (Birkbeck/SOAS) and Malika Booker (Leeds)

Keith is a winner and finalist of Poetry Slam competitions in the UK and internationally. His publications include the poetry pamphlet, I Speak Home, and his first full collection, Selah. He has performed in London, Spain and Poland. He researched Creative Education for his MA at Goldsmiths and is writing his first novel for his Doctoral research at Birkbeck and SOAS.

Malika is an international writer and storyteller whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology. Her writing spans poetry, theatre, monologue, installation and education. She has worked with Arts Council England, BBC, British Council, Wellcome Trust, National Theatre, and Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at University of Leeds.

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