• Making a rock

      Locke, Caroline; Swann, Debra; University of Derby; The Academy in Antwerp; Nottingham Trent University (N/A, 16/03/2016)
      This collaborative project with Caroline Locke and Debra Swann was developed through a series of residencies at Primary, Nottingham and Summer Lodge at Nottingham Trent University 2016. The first exhibition at The Collectiv National Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium in 2016 and then developed further as part of an exhibition at Primary, Nottingham 2017. Making a Rock is an ongoing durational performance that attends to the physical construction of a large-scale object (a cardboard ‘rock’) embracing the potential of duration, temporality, liveness and performativity. Using photography, video and sound to document this process of making, the enquiry expands the vocabulary of sculptural practice through the focus of the durational aspects of making and the idea of the sculptural work in flux. This enquiry explores the process of making and collecting data. It investigates how we understand objects and sound and the properties and qualities they possess. Through the artist/object relationship a focus on the evolution of an object and the artist’s process is examined. Rock Music is a composition created using sounds taken from recordings of the artist Debra Swann making a huge cardboard rock. The artists have explored the different kinds of data gathered from their combined artistic practices. They extract the data and rework it in live performances and exhibited works. Rock Music explores sound in relation to domestic and labour intensive activity. The composition is cut onto a vinyl record which is played over and over within the exhibition space. The sound of the activity becomes abstract and otherworldly when amplified. Mundane working involves repetition – a strange rhythm develops – a kind of chant.
    • Making shaking shifting pouring sawing

      Locke, Caroline; Swann, Debra; University of Derby; Nottingham Trent University; Collectiv National Gallery, Antwerp; The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Primary Studios Nottingham, 2017-02)
      Making Shaking Shifting Pouring Sawing is an installation, exhibition and live Performance. The work explores the idea of repeated and intensive labour and the data gathered in relation to artistic and domestic processes. The exhibits and performances feature made and found objects and the data collected in relation to repeated activities whilst making or working with the objects. The data is retrieved as sound, physical data, digital imagery and animation. These elements are exposed as part of live performances and exhibited kinetic sculptures and devices. The project involved collaborative research explored by Caroline Locke and Debra Swann and was initially developed through a series of residencies at Primary, Nottingham and Summer lodge at Nottingham Trent University 2016. The first exhibition was in Antwerp, Belgium, at Collectiv National, Antwerp Gallery in 2016 (Collectiv National, was founded by Janna Beck and is linked to The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium). An exhibition and live performance at Primary, Nottingham followed in 2017. As an extension of Locke’s residency at Nottingham University, based across the Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Institute, Locke and Swann worked with Assistant Professor Max Wilson and Horia Maior, who equipped Debra with a brain scanning device known as Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) in order to record mental workload levels during her creative making processes. Visualisations of the recorded brain data were projected as part of a live performance and exhibition. The brain data was also used to control various devices as part of the exhibition. For example: a motor uses the rate of brain activity to speed up and slow down a record deck. Rock Music is a composition created using sounds taken from recordings of the artist Debra Swann making a huge cardboard rock. The ‘music’ was cut onto a vinyl disc and played on the brain data controlled device. Rock Music explores sound in relation to domestic and labour intensive activity – The brain effort during the making activity controls the speed at which the record plays during the performances and exhibitions. Shaking Shelves is a kinetic sculpture which is also part of the live performance and exhibition. The brain effort during a cleaning and sweeping process controls the speed at which the motor attached to a shelving unit spins. The shelves are loaded with domestic items and the vibration and movement of the motor causes the shelves to vibrate and the items to shake and sometimes fall. The extended Performing Data research is funded by the Arts Council and explores ideas around body rhythms and physical data in connection with labour, multi-tasking and women's work. Locke is interested in capturing data and using it to control kinetic sculptures within an immersive environment.
    • Manifest destiny, violence and transcendence

      Bosward, Marc; University of Derby (09/09/2011)
      My principal area of interest is using digital media within a cross-disciplinary methodology that incorporates drawing, painting, collage, typography, moving image and writing.The primary theme that concerns the work contained within the exhibition is the human psychologies’ innate need to transcend the isolation of individual existence. Particular focus is given to the destructive and violent expressions of that need from a societal perspective. This central premise underpins the attempt to explore various sociological phenomena, historical and contemporary, related to authoritarianism, conformity and armed conflict.
    • Manifest destiny, violence and transcendence – an artist’s statement

      Bosward, Marc; University of Derby (University of Salford Press, 2012)
      My principal area of interest is using digital media within a cross-disciplinary methodology that incorporates drawing, painting, collage, typography, moving image and writing.The primary theme that concerns the work contained within the exhibition is the human psychologies’ innate need to transcend the isolation of individual existence. Particular focus is given to the destructive and violent expressions of that need from a societal perspective. This central premise underpins the attempt to explore various sociological phenomena, historical and contemporary, related to authoritarianism, conformity and armed conflict.
    • Marion Adnams symposium

      University of Derby; Derby Museum and Art Gallery; Forde, Teresa (07/03/2018)
      A unique opportunity to further explore the life and work of Marion Adnams, including the exhibition of Marion Adnams' work and her involvement in the Midland Group, as well as broader linked themes, such as the representation of women artists.
    • Marion Adnams: A singular woman

      Forde, Teresa; Wood, Val; Bamford, Lucy; University of Derby; Derby Museums and Art Gallery (Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 02/12/2017)
      Retrospective of Marion Adnams' work: Marion Elizabeth Adnams was born in Derby in 1898 where she remained, for the most part, until her death, aged ninety-six. During the course of her long life, she forged a reputation as a painter of deeply distinctive and dream-like visions inspired by the Surrealist movement. Adnams exhibited almost continuously in London and regional art galleries from the late 1930s and examples of her work can be found in many public collections, alongside that of her friends and contemporaries Evelyn Gibbs and Eileen Agar. Despite this, her work is largely forgotten today. This important exhibition brings together the full and diverse range of her art for the first time in almost fifty years in a bid to recapture the legacy of this most remarkable artist. This exhibition was made possible with support from Art Fund. This exhibition was curated in partnership with Val Wood, independent researcher, and Teresa Forde, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Derby.
    • Matches.

      O'Connor, Sean; McMahon, Daithi; University of Derby (Newstalk 106-108FM, 21/03/2015)
      Matches is the story of Tom, a recovering alcoholic looking for love in a world of dating apps, social media and the ever-present lure of alcohol. Exploring this mysterious sub-culture, Tom discovers some of the thrills and pitfalls of the modern dating scene. Tom Brody is a Dublin man in his late-thirties recovering from alcoholism. Tom's recent sobriety has brought many improvements. He is happier, healthier and getting on better with his family. The one area he finds more difficult is dating. Without the reliable meeting place of the pub, Tom finds meeting women more complicated than ever in a social scene still dominated by drinking. Furthermore, without the traditional 'Dutch courage', Tom feels more than a little awkward approaching the opposite sex sober. A friend introduces Tom to Quiver, the latest dating app for everything from lifetime relationships to random hookups. Along the way he conquers his awkwardness with social media and discovers some strange rules and peculiarities of the online dating world. Tom's initial success on the single scene pushes him to take ever greater risks with his sobriety as he encounters the pitfalls of keeping his history a secret. Ultimately Tom learns that being honest with himself is as important as being honest with others and that meeting his ideal match is about more than a perfect dating profile.
    • Matrimony, The Fall and A Moment in Time.

      McNaney, Nicky; University of Derby (2018-01)
      Drawings inspired by the nomadic German artist Martin Kippenberger’s Hotel Drawings and created for the Art on Hotel Note Paper exhibition, Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe,Lincolnshire.
    • Medical Ephemera; A series of six screen-printed illustrations

      McNaney, Nicky; Allanson-Smith, Tracy; University of Derby (2015-03)
    • Mermaids are always welcome

      McNaney, Nicky; University of Derby (The Tetley, 2017-03)
      Screen-printed Artists Book exhibited at the Contemporary Artists’ PAGES, Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds.
    • A Mixed History: Colliding Realities and the Hybrid Aesthetic

      Bosward, Marc; University of Derby (31/05/2016)
      With reference to historiography, the paper will ask how found footage can be manipulated to create alternate histories that challenge orthodox, ‘grand’ narratives within a hybrid aesthetic that foregrounds the diversity of its components, producing deliberate stylistic and ontological discontinuities. The practice echoes the ubiquity and malleability of video material in contemporary communications and media and examines the reliability and authenticity of the video image as a historical document. The work interrogates appropriation strategies that decontextualize and recontextualise found footage as a method of ideological interruption, releasing the mutable, multiple meanings that accumulate and shift in the confluence of competing discourses.
    • Moving Landscapes

      Andrews-Roberts, Chas; Squires, Barry; University of Derby (2016)
      Moving Landscapes – breaking away from the traditional ‘landscape stills’, using moving-image & sound. Exhibition / Installation type work. In addition, the potential use of Olfactics (sense of smell) within the installation. How might the use of moving-image / sound / smell, extend the static photographic form? How can the spectator interact with the exhibit? Interested in investigating if the viewer’s physiological state changes in any way whilst viewing / interacting with the work (blood pressure etc), and to see if the work provokes a sense of relaxation.
    • Music as artificial environment: Spatial, embodied multimodal experience

      Lennox, Peter; University of Derby (Routledge, 26/04/2017)
      This chapter is a speculative exploration of the near-future possibilities of spatial music. Technologically, we can control many hundreds of loudspeakers and, conceivably, many thousands. What would we do with them? Here, music is considered as a particular example of arti cial information environments, with consequences for the perception of space. Arti cial information environments are those environments in which information transactions are governed by design. The distinction is clear in comparison with natural environments, but a ner distinction can be drawn between man-made environments (such as buildings), where some information transactions are haphazard, and information environments whose main purpose is to display information.
    • My loss is my loss

      Williams, Rhiannon; University of Derby (2014-07)
      UK touring exhibition developed by University of Manchester with AHRC funding. My Loss is My Loss (patchwork of used lottery tickets) was selected for exhibition. My Loss is My Loss was illustrated with critical commentary in the book accompanying this exhibition: P. Knight, P. Crosthwaite and N. Marsh (2014) Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance 1700 to the Present. Manchester University Press. It was illustrated again by the AHRC in their report The Impact of AHRC Research April 2014 – March 2015, p. 17.
    • Nature Connections

      Jinks, Cameron; University of Derby (2015-09)
      The highlands are now relatively empty with only about 20% of Scotland’s population living in the region, looking at the bleakness of the landscape it is easy to imagine that this was always the case. However, some of the sites I photograph, Aoneadh Mor for example, were forcibly cleared of their tenant farmers in the nineteenth century to make way for more profitable sheep. The result of these, often brutal, ‘clearances’ was a reduction in the population from about 50% of Scotland’s total to 20%. Mary Cameron's eyewitness account of Aoneadh Mor's forced evictions reached a rapt British readership via the magazine "Good Words", and had an enormous impact on developing unease at what had been done in the name of progress. "The hissing of the fire on the flag of the hearth as they were drowning it reach my heart", she said, "The aged woman, the mother of my husband was then alive, weak and lame. James carried her on his back, in a creel." On the ridge of Sithean na Raiplach, refugees destined for Glasgow and the colonies turned for a last look. "The houses were already stripped. The bleat of the big sheep was on the mountain." Aoneadh Mor, the village of the Cameron highlanders, was cleared to make way for sheep.
    • Night Circus

      McNaney, Nicky; University of Derby (Oriel Davies Gallery, 2016-10)
      “Night Circus” (Screen-printed Artists Book) exhibited in the Imaginary worlds exhibition. Imaginary Worlds was an exhibition of artworks by 52 illustration and book artists from Wales, other parts of the UK, Europe and Australia.
    • Night Circus; An artists publication

      McNaney, Nicky; University of Derby (2015-10)
      The Sheffield 5th International Artist’s Book Prize and exhibition showcased over 200 books selected from nearly 400 individual entries coming from 42 different countries. The publication was developed to explore my use of narrative and sequencing using screen-printing and collage. Characters were created initially using the medium of mono-printing and then collaged by hand and created into various colour separations to take forward into screen-print. The objective of the project was to explore the surreal nature of the narrative and create characters, and an environment that depicted this within the restrictions of the traditional print media and book format.
    • The Night Siren 1, The Night Siren 2 & The Night Siren 3

      McNaney, Nicky; University of Derby (Surface Gallery, 2017-01)
      A set of screen-printed postcards, The International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
    • Not a decorator.

      Watts, Lisa; University of Derby (Various venues, 2017)
      Not a Decorator researches curatorial models for performance art in the white cube gallery space for the regular day-time viewers. Not a Decorator is three exhibitions and is the second stage of two stages in this research. In this second stage I collaborated with the curators on how best to show my performances and videos and the resulting exhibition was the result of the dialogue. An 'outside eye/ researcher' was employed, Joanne Lee, who is a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in Graphic design. She interviewed the curators, artists and myself throughout the three exhibitions. There will be a symposium held later in 2018 titled, Blink that will discuss the findings.
    • Olivia Dunham and the new frontier in fringe

      Forde, Teresa; University of Derby (McFarland, 2019-07-12)
      From the Star Wars expanded universe to Westworld, the science fiction western has captivated audiences for more than fifty years. These twelve new essays concentrate on the female characters in the contemporary science fiction western, addressing themes of power, agency, intersectionality and the body. Discussing popular works such as Fringe, Guardians of the Galaxy and Mass Effect, the essayists shed new light on the gender dynamics of these beloved franchises, emphasizing inclusion and diversity with their critical perspectives.