Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture

  • United Kingdom

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This research centre combines concentrations of research themes existing in the School of Art Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. It aims to drive a radical reconceptualization of teaching and research practice as exemplified by the Barbara Hepworth Building where all disciplines in the School sit under one roof. This intensely collaborative environment is part of the development of new approaches to transdisciplinary working in creative and cultural research practices.

Cultural Ecologies embraces the integrated biological, geopolitical, social, aesthetic and technological convergences of the ‘symbiotic real’, and with it, new research strategies capable of evaluating creative and cultural production within an enlarged field of post-human combinations of things, data and values.

In this respect, the centre seeks to reimagine cultures of place, engage in mixed ecologies of exchange through the co-production and/or co-creation of cultural practices and to consider new materialisms in relation to existing research orthodoxies. We encourage collaborations that will develop new ecologies of thinking and production for our times.

Our projects embrace research-focused projects and initiatives that pursue a range of thematic avenues of investigation, underpinned by several research questions, including:

  1. How might mixed ecologies of cultural activity generate new assemblages of distributed power and meaning-making?
  2. How can transdisciplinary practices of art, design and architecture contribute to the expanding field of cultural ecologies?
  3. What role might ecological thinking play in the formations and receptions of art and culture?

If you are interested in collaborating with us please contact the Centre Director, Professor Donal Fitzpatrick – d.fitzpatrick@hud.ac.uk or Deputy Centre Director, Dr Rowan Bailey – r.bailey@hud.ac.uk

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    Research Output

    Drawing Conversations 4: Engaging with sites of history and narrative

    Woolham, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • In Search of the Shortcuts

    Woolham, S., 1 Jan 2020, Body, Space, and Place in Collective and Collaborative Drawing: Drawing Conversations II. Jorneaux, J., Gorrill, H. & Reed, S. (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • (In)Animate Semiotics: Virtuality and Deleuzian Illusion(s) of Life

    Roberts, S., 2019, In : Animation. 14, 1, p. 5-21 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    Everything is dark, is light

    Anneke Pettican (Speaker), Spencer Roberts (Speaker), Kristin Mojsiewicz (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Chara Lewis (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
    21 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    IEEE Access (Journal)

    Jade Whitson-Smith (Reviewer)
    7 Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    The Train Track and the Basket

    Claire Barber (Speaker)
    22 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    The use of second hand clothing - BBC Radio 3 interview

    Jade Halbert


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker 2019

    Jade Halbert


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    The nature of fashion & the problematic laundry pile

    Jade Whitson-Smith


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other