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The abstracts for the workshops are below.


Hobbycrafts Away Day workshop - Queer academy with Cathy Wade and Gavin Rogers: Thursday, 27.06.19: 12.10-13.10

We are all used to having our dreams crushed, our hopes smashed, our illusions shattered, but what comes after hope?”

Halberstam, Judith. (2011)

A primary tool for focusing the students practical research is the 1-1 tutorial, yet this pedagogical model remains subject to the tutor’s knowledge and empathy for the contexts and methods presented by the student. Gavin Rogers and Cathy Wade collaboratively examine this exchange for the truths it reveals, ustilising the resultant ideas to form methodologies for Queer Academy, a space that revises cognitive dissonance into critical discourse. For ‘Cracking the Established Order' we present a workshop that seeks to extrapolate the inherent value in work that have been described as “Hobbycraft Away Day” and “A bit Claire’s Accessories” imagining what these practices could vocalise if they became feral and found their inherent autonomy. The art school, a supposedly unhindered place for art processes, visual testing and philosophical enquiry, very often develop their own established rules, ways of being, ways of doing - with a danger that the establishment itself could inhibit the production of queer art.

Strategies for building queer resilience, family structures, the role of the autodidact, the awkward, imbalanced and unfinished (Walter J 2017) and hidden knowledge within our institutions will be vocalised and explored through this discursive workshop.

Halberstam. Judith. (2011) The Queer Art of Failure , Duke University Press.

Walter. John. (2017) Shonky, the aesthetics of awkwardness, London, Hayward Publishing.

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Hobbycrafts Away Day workshop

Affection-images: imagining the world in non-images by Ruxundra, Thursday, 27.06.19: 12.10-13.10

Creative practice, although still largely considered an elite activity, conceals the imaginative power that characterises human nature. Yet to day, little attention has been paid to people’s capacity to engage with creative practice on an everyday basis. An exception makes Professor Nino Fasca’s life-long exploration of the doodle as an introspective tool testifying to the human creative capacity. Following on this path and accompanied by the thoughts of philosophers in relation to productive imagination, I would like to engage in an experiment that explores creative practice as a common activity able to develop new knowledge, that cancels the dualisms individual-collective, subjective-objective and sensation-reasoning.

To this purpose, I propose to work with affection-images as results of creative gesture. Affection-images should be understood as forms of resonance between the object of our perceptions and our own selves. They are neither the reflection of our emotions (internal), nor responses to perceptual stimuli (external) but rather an intertwining of both, modulations of the same matter (Deleuze), giving rise to the imaginary texture of the real (Merleau-Ponty).

The experiment is organised as an experimental Lab, combining discussions of core philosophical concepts (P1:15min) with a creative practice exercise (P2:20min) and reflection on results and their implications (P3:25min). For P2 participants will be presented with a short extract from home movie footage (object of my PhD project), to which they will need to relate through the creation of affection-images. Among proposed creative practice methods for P2 are: re-filming the scene by using a smartphone, adding subtitles or sound, video-editing, analogue manipulation (printed frames). Together with participants we will discuss the single projects and look at what knowledge was generated through creative practice, the way the chosen medium impacted on the final output and how the single results can make sense in the context of collective thought.

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Affection images workshop

Touch workshop by Benjamin Skinner, Thursday, 27.06.19: 16.15-17.15

Working across materials and with the materiality of the human body gives people [of all abilities] the opportunity to connect to both internal and external perceptions of environment. My interest lies in combating the very real crisis of how humans perceive the environment around them and the potential of a self-directed interest in that change.

Within the parameters of practice-led research the proposition is to analyse the composition of an individuals touch, how we perceive to be in-touch and how that touch composes experience- through clay-work, drawing and movement research with other bodies etc. The vocabulary generated within this movement-based investigative practice cultivates a dynamic quality of physical articulation and one that highlights the importance of the potential power in threading a core of action as thinking. Even though this proposal is written from the perspective of an artist, any individual interested in the cross-pollination of creative vocabularies could benefit from investing in maintaining a momentum of codependent body-thinking.

My work is both performative and process-led; I would like to offer a workshop investigating a shared material-skin and/or a performative work-in-process dialogue using clay and my own solo practice.

Please wear old clothes.

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Touch workshop

Archipelagic Practice workshop by Adeline and Paula, Thursday, 27.06.19, 16.15-17.15

By combining non-linear trajectories between public space and studio practice through field recording and deep listening methods, we will investigate exterior sonic locations of Pace Building, De Montfort University, and it transpositions into a studio practice.

Exploring the body as a medium to other locations and people come together, and choreography as a technology to record and broadcast information, the aim is offering a context for the embodied experience of interior and exterior sonic identities, intertwine and challenge the notions of time, place, body and memories.

Concerned with the politics of encounter and politics of location, this practice-led research is ground on the anarchiving of signals, calling and listening between bodies both temporal and spatial, topographic and anatomical, immerse in a multiplicitous ecology, from where we can explore life and art, and the borders of human agency and consequences.

Through specifics scores, we will guide the movement exploration into multiples layers of social and somatics enmeshment, challenging notions of spectatorship and performer relations, through sound and listening, using the Anarchive1 model for tracing creative processes. “The question is how what moves an event into taking form can be archived, as opposed to documenting the content of the event. Can traces of the event’s liveness be captured, in a way that might set the stage for a next event to occur in its wake? The anarchive would then be a kind of process seed bank for the dissemination of forces of emergent taking form.”

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Archipelagic Practice workshop

Is this a Marketing thing?: Recommendations for the Successful Completion of a Practice-led PhD by Tom and Andrea, Thursday, 27.06.19: 17.00-17.30

This workshop presents the opportunity to participate in an open and frank debate about the challenges associated with successfully completing a practice-led PhD and how those challenges might be best overcome. It is intended for students currently undertaking a practice-led PhD and the academic staff who supervise that programme of study. The discussions will be guided by Jackson and Rauh Ortega, who have spent the last year interviewing practice-led PhD students and supervisors as part of a project funded by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence.

The following key topics will be discussed:

SELECTION What are the right reasons for selecting the practice-led PhD programme?

PROCESS In what sequence should the theoretical work and practice be developed?

SUPERVISION What unique challenges are presented by the supervision of a practice-led PhD?

INTEGRATION How might the theoretical work and practice be successfully integrated into a coherent output?

ASSESSMENT What criteria should be applied in the assessment of a practice-led PhD?

PRESERVATION How should the practice be archived and made accessible for as long as


Participants will be divided into teams and allocated a ‘provocation’ associated with one of these topics. Following a discussion, each team will present their ideas in the format of ‘challenges’ and ‘recommendations’.

The findings of the workshop will be distributed to any participants who wish to receive them and will contribute to the ongoing research of Jackson and Rauh Ortega, which intends to provide valuable resources for practice-led PhD students and the academic staff who supervise them.

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Is this a Marketing thing