We are currently planning a follow-up event to our May event that launched ‘Common Ground’ as an interdisciplinary research network aimed at building dialogue between academic researchers and communities who are the subject of research in Ireland, focusing on the experiences of the North. The follow-up event we are planning is a one-day conference is called ‘The Subject of Study – Collaboration in Research and Artistic Practice’. The conference is aimed at exploring issues of collaboration in the dynamics of academic and artistic research practice. Key to this discussion is the relationship between the agency of the individual and the institutional or disciplinary context in which they operate.
The event will be held in Manchester at the University of Manchester and Manchester School of Art (Manchester Metropolitan University) on Thursday, 17 November 2016 with a keynote by artist, writer and educator Anthony Luvera, whose work has been exhibited in galleries, public spaces and festivals including London Underground’s Art on the Underground, the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery London, Belfast Exposed Photography, Australian Centre for Photography, Malmö Fotobiennal, PhotoIreland, Goa International Photography Festival, and Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie. For 15 years Anthony Luvera has created long-term photographic projects with people who have experienced homelessness in cities and towns across the UK, including London, Belfast, Colchester, and Brighton. Undertaking this work has led to a collection of tens of thousands of photographs created by over 500 people, sound recordings, and ephemera related to the process of the artist’s practice. His keynote will address this body of work, and how his practice has explored the tension between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people’s lives.
In the following weeks, we will post more details about the conference and how to register. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you in November!