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Abstract Geology - Critically Engaged Fine Art Practices of the post human within a new geologic era (advert reference: ADSS/DRFASS7/53644)

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    Prof R Lee
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Project Description

Project Description

This practice led Fine Art studentship is offered in the context of trans disciplinary engagement with the Anthropocene (or proposition that the impact of humanity upon the Earth’s ecosystems has triggered a new terrestrial epoch) and the ‘geological turn’ within contemporary thought that this has prompted.

A preoccupation with surface might be said to have characterised 19th century geographies of expansion and colonialism and the aerial - visual technologies of surveillance etc. – to form the vector of the 20th. The Anthropocene demands engagement with depth – mining, extraction, fracking, undersea prospecting, fossil fuel economies and the collapse of visual distance and propulsion towards new tactile imaginaries to which this gives rise.

This studentship will explore appropriate strategies and vocabularies for formulating new critically engaged fine art practices of the Earth and addressing the material legacy of the human in geologic terms. It will compliment and gain from investigations being conducted by Fine Art staff affiliated to the new ‘Cultural Negotiation of Science’ research group, along with the extensive external networks with which they are affiliated, as well as cross faculty enquiry into different constructions and representations of landscape.

Additional benefits include attachment to the innovative BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art (in partnership with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art) and by negotiation access to Geographic /Architectural expertise, as related to the Built and Natural Environment, within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment.
Potential areas of investigation include but are not limited to:

• Post Human/Post Nature - political / physical geographies
• Nature as event / activations of geologic materiality
• Socio/physical morphologies
• Dynamic earth processes and political formations.
• Landscapes of the Anthropocene
• The legacies of Land Art
• Geo/Aesthetics

Informal Enquiries
Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to: [Email Address Removed]

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (in a relevant subject) from a British higher education institution, or equivalent. Students who are not UK/EU residents are eligible to apply, provided they hold the relevant academic qualifications, together with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

To apply, contact Andrea Percival to request the appropriate application form, quoting the advert reference above, via email to [Email Address Removed] or by using the application link on this page.

Deadline for applications: 14th April 2014
Start Date: 7th October 2014

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2014/15 this is 13,863 pa) and Home/EU fees. Overseas candidates are also eligible to apply.


In press - Book Chapter: 'Envisaging the Deep: imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable' in (2014) Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation. Farnham: Ashgate.

Solo Exhibition: That Oceanic Feeling John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Essay: 'That Oceanic Feeling' in (2012) That Oceanic Feeling. Southampton: John Hansard Gallery. ISBN:085432948X

2011 Peer Reviewed Journal Article: (2011) 'Truthing Gap: imagining a relational geography of the uninhabitable': Architectural Research Quarterly, volume 15, issue 03. DOI:

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