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Interrogating Practices

The Centre for Interrogating Practices is a forum for advancing creative, critical, and theoretical understanding of artistic practice in the contemporary arts. Scholars pursue research-based practice across a range of disciplines, including Art, Design, Film, and Performance. The centre strongly believes that practice-based research has a transformative impact on our understanding of creativity and culture.

A quote from Andrew Quick Professor of Drama, Theatre and Performance

Many of our researchers engage in practice-based research using creative practice as a tool to generate and communicate new knowledge of the world around us. Our research themes include:

  • Mobilities research, borders, and migration
  • Health and Creativity
  • Theatricality
  • Creativity, Environment and Social Change

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Cinema Inferno 2022

Based on an original concept by John Galliano. Adapted for the stage by imitating the dog.

CINEMA INFERNO has its roots in American road movies. A pair of desperate young lovers are on the run, driving across a mythical American landscape, pursued by a group of faceless gunslingers from a bygone era. As they drive across the desert into the burning sun, they seek shelter in an abandoned picture house, only to find themselves thrown into the celluloid worlds of the films on screen. As they fall through the violent landscapes of B movies, westerns, gothic horrors and road movies, we realise that there is no escape, and they are condemned by their crimes to be on the run for eternity.

CINEMA INFERNO integrates live cameras and projection to create a film that is made on stage before the spectator’s eyes. The performers use found objects, miniature sets and giant screens to create a dynamic piece of live cinema.

The show was staged live at Palais Chaillot, Paris on 6 July 22, for Haute Couture week and was live-streamed by Sodium Films.

Read more about the CINEMA INFERNO.

Instagram: @imitatingthedog / @maisonmargiela

James Quin, Solaris Suite, 2021

Three images of James Quin's artwork 'Solaris Suit'

Solaris Suite by James Quin, 2021. Installation. Oil on linen, board, and timber

Photograph: Vanessa Longden

Each painting in Quin's Solaris Suite re-presents an image from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 science fiction film Solaris - specifically from the film's famous library scene. In this scene aboard the space station Prometheus, orbiting the planet Solaris, Tarkovsky includes an engraving by Gustave Dore and paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Quin states, "My interest here is a question of where meaning might lie between original and copy. I am also interested in how an encounter with the repeated image (painting) affects the space in which the paintings are exhibited."

View more of James' work on his website.

Instagram: @jamesquinpainting

From the Other Side

About Tim Etchells’ neon and LED works

An image of Timothy Etchells' neon installation 'From the Other Side'

From the Other Side 2022. Neon on Dibond letter forms. 29m L x 1.8m H

Photograph: Tim Etchells

Etchells’ neon and LED pieces often draw on his broader fascinations as an artist, writer and performance maker, exploring contradictory aspects of language – the speed, clarity and vividness with which it communicates narrative, image and ideas, and at the same time its amazing propensity to create a rich field of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Through simple phrases spelt out in neon, LED and other media, Etchells strives to create miniature narratives, moments of confusion, awkwardness, reflection and intimacy in public and gallery settings. Encountering the neon sign works, in the streets of a city or in the space of a white cube gallery, the viewer becomes implicated in a situation that’s not fully revealed, or a linguistic formulation that generates confusion or ambiguity. As often in Etchells’ work, in the neons the missing parts of the picture are as important as the elements that are present. Invoking a story, or projecting an idea out-of-context, the work invites us in, but into what exactly we can’t be sure.

View more of Tim's work on his website.
Instagram: @tim_etchells

View more projects

In This Moment (2023)
01/12/2022 → 10/02/2024

Gathering Downstream
07/05/2022 → 27/11/2022

Rocky Climates
01/06/2021 → …

Seeding Things
01/04/2020 → …

Drawn from the Ground: Discovering Graphite and its Secrets
01/08/2019 → 31/12/2019

Life Lines: The Art of Looking Good
16/11/2018 → 24/11/2018

Art of Recovery: Migrating Landscapes
01/11/2018 → 31/01/2020

01/08/2018 → 31/08/2019

BRIDGE Fellowship: Probabilistic parsing of music
11/03/2017 → 22/04/2017

‘Female Authors/Female Labours: Writing, Dramaturgy and Translation’
01/12/2016 → 31/07/2017

Migrating art: re-imagining landscapes to promote wellbeing for migrant populations
01/06/2016 → 31/07/2016

Glitch Poetics: critical sensory realisms in contemporary language practice
30/09/2015 → 31/05/2018

Institutional Sponsorship 2015
01/06/2015 → 31/03/2016

Unruly Pitch
01/03/2015 → 16/11/2015

An integrated audio-symbolic model of music similarity
01/09/2014 → 31/10/2015

Torque Editions
17/01/2014 → …

Optical Music Recognition from Multiple Sources
01/01/2014 → 31/03/2015

Common Grounds
01/10/2013 → 01/07/2015

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