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Title: Spaces buildings make : the work of artistic research on the experience of built space
Author: Mac Namara , Aoife
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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Undertaken at a time when sweeping changes to state funding for higher education in general and the incorporation of art schools into larger higher education institutions in particular, has radically changed the role of the art school in the UK, this thesis engages a range of artistic research practices to explore, contextualize and debate the role of the built environment of the art school (and related cultural spaces) as a dynamic site of social interaction out of which artistic research practices have developed as strategies for producing both knowledge of a space and knowledge of how to understand the formation of that space, the seeing of it, listening to it and the processes through which we as students, lecturers, administrators , facilities staff, librarians, artists and researchers contribute to how such built spaces are produced and experienced over time. I make connections between local developments in the cultural politics of artist education in north London and concepts of authorship, experience and history in the context of a built space. By critically reflecting on a series of collectively produced artistic research works produced out of a specific art school site, the thesis reflects on the implications - intellectual, political, social - of placing historical, critical and theoretical studies in the art school and on the contemporaneous design of flexible multi - purposed and adaptive spaces such as the Phase II building in which much of this study is located. The art school is proposed as an active engine, an environment within which many participate in different ways at different times in a shared community of aesthetic, cultural and intellectual debate in and around which they negotiate their developing practices. Through a series of artistic research works, I argue that the experience of these spaces is comprehensible only at the point of encounter between artist, listener and work . The encounters presented here necessitate new and evolving social relations within the artistic research work and propose forms of resistance to dominant forms of subject formation within art school culture.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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