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PhD: Visual Art

Thesis Title:

Beyond sensors, de-coding the curve of the young female body; feminism and polymorphous performance art in the age of digital transformation.


Thesis Description:

Feminism in crisis, re-classifying femininity for women of the future. I propose to explore media representations of young women - at moments of transformation - and research how negative imagery impacts on girls' relationship to their changing bodies. 

For so long feminist theory has been linked to linguistics (Derrida) I intend to research the body as surface brought to life by its encoding and as an interactive sensor itself. To explore how the body is being reconfigured "differently", drawing on Erin Manning (incipient and relational movement) Donna Haraway ("Cyborg/Symian Bodies") and Rosi Bradotti (the post-human).

Using both analogue and digital film and photography, I will present my work as interactive installations. I endeavour to engage with young people so that they inhabit the space, and become agents of the work. By using 3D scanning and presenting this using VR, I aim to explore how tactile technologies affect the agency of the encounter. I will explore technologies that allow the ‘immersant’ (Davies) to become the degree zero of the encounter, and interrogate the affect of this event on the participant.

Taking Degas' "Young Dancer aged Fourteen" as my inspiration I will explore this provocative pose and relate it to contemporary art in various media.


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Professor John Mercer, BCU,

Dr. Theo Reeves-Evison, BCU,

Emma Cocker, NTU


Publications (please include full details with page nos. or web links):

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Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

year: 2016

  • Photo essay at conference at BCU.

year: 2017

  • Solo show of photographs and film installation at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham
  • Solo show of photographs at Bar Opus, Birmingham
  • Group show of photographs at Argentea Gallery, Birmingham
  • Open studios event at Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
  • Masterclass at UTS, Sydney, as part of a Symposium. 

year: 2018

  • VR interaction at Inside/Out Festival, BCU
  • VR interaction and presentation at PhD event, NTU
  • VR interaction at JQ Festival, Birmingham.
  • VR interaction at Aarhus University, Denmark, as part of Affect, Interfaces and Events Symposium.
  • Joint dialogue at CARU, Oxford, as part of Arts re Search Conference.


Other Research Interests:

  • 3D, VR,  interactive installations


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Twitter: @shedderwick

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