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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.

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Research Output

  • 12 Exhibition
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Artefact
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

The FOREVER-DO Game: A Big Data Fishing Expedition

Townsley, J. & Ferigato, C., 20 Jul 2020, Technology, Design and the Arts - Opportunities and Challenges . Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S., Excell, P. & Thalmann, D. (eds.). 1st ed. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, p. 83-102 20 p. (Springer Series on Cultural Computing).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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The Forever-do: Project & Collaboration

Townsley, J., 20 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) Resonance III: DATAMI. Eeckels, A., Grunert, F. P. & Fiordimela, C. (eds.). European Commision

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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