The Contemporary Visual Arts Research group investigates languages of materiality through diverse media to depict visible and invisible realms. The researchers are interdisciplinary and have a wide range of experience within the field of art. The research emerges from critically investigating bodies of knowledge through the hybrid methodologies and mediums employed by the maker.
The search for material form motivates and unifies this research community however the questions asked and the outcomes of these diverse practices differ in multiple ways. Part of the process of this kind of search is to reflexively engage in ‘material thinking’ as outlined by Paul Carter (2004). Material thinking represents for Carter an ‘articulate’ revealing of the creative process which otherwise ‘remains unspoken’, - importantly it recognises through conversation and dialogue, the ‘creative intelligence’ of the materials themselves. Such forms of engagement are applied through analysis of various philosophies of, for example, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Ulrich Beck, and others to reconsider painting, film, video, printmaking, textiles, drawing, photography, sculpture and hybrid expressions such as installations and the artist’s book in order to create new forms of knowledge.
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