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PhD projects

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.


Research output per year

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Research Output

  • 8 Exhibition
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Artefact
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products


Townsley, J., 14 Mar 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access

Thought positions in Sculpture

Redmore, N., Bailey, R., Townsley, J., Macdonald, A. & MacDonald, J., 17 Nov 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access

Carbon Meets Silicon

Townsley, J. & Liggett, S., 8 Sep 2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Stones: Thought Positions in Sculpture

Townsley, J., 16 Oct 2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

The Digital and The Hand

Townsley, J. & Liggett, D. S., 8 Sep 2015

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access


Townsley, J., 25 Jan 2013

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Till Rolls

Townsley, J., 17 Mar 2013

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

Open Access

Upcycle: Exhibition: Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, USA

Townsley, J. & Saltz, L. Z., 22 Apr 2012

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


A Search for Repetition in the Process of Art Production

Townsley, J., 8 Sep 2011, 100 Things Not Worth Repeating: On Repetition. Holm Hansen, M. (ed.). LemonMelon, p. 50-61 112 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

In Season: Fulford in Fog at Project 4 Gallery, Washington DC, USA

Townsley, J., 3 Dec 2011

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Obsessive, Compulsive, Repetitive: Commissioned work 'Till Rolls'

Townsley, J. & Moore, S., Jul 2011

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition