Accepting PhD Students
Repetition is ubiquitous across all fields of human endeavour from clinical scientific enquiry to daily routine. It is well contextualised through philosophical consideration from Plato’s mimesis through to postmodern simulacra and beyond. It also has a fundamental position within visual art practice, it may for example be generative, accumulative or definitive of a limit or failure. Repetition is implicitly linked to time, temporality, recurrence and in Nietzschean terms to ‘this moment’. It can disrupt and disperse authorship through transient forms of presentation, (including the viewer) or equally claim its own authorship through procedural systems of production. This practice-based research will consider how repetition may operate through contemporary art practice, either towards its conception, process, presentation or form. The type of visual practice is open to the researcher’s specialism (sculpture, painting, performance, film, photography etc or a combination of). The aim is to classify more clearly the differing modes of repetition as identified through visual art practice and acknowledge the implications this may have for understanding the object of art.