As Programme Leader of Fine Art I teach across all our courses and am responsible for, with the help of all my colleagues, the smooth running of undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art at the Institute of the Arts.
My PhD thesis examines The Peter & nou Project, a developing body of work consisting of four entwined works - two videos, a publication and an online artwork. The project is one strand of an interdisciplinary art practice which is concerned with making, particularly making the moving image, in a post-digital context. The project offers a significant contribution to the recent trend in British contemporary art which David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan have called ‘fictioning’, a term which refers to practices which blur the boundary between reality and fiction. Through its dense weave of methodological approaches – including use of the archive, science fiction tropes, the cut-up, altered states and intertextuality - The Peter & nou Project operates beyond the gallery space and demands a calling into question of truth on both a personal and cultural level.
My practice contributes to a range of discourses across discipline areas including fine art, filmmaking and literature. Recent works have been exhibited in galleries and screened in film festivals internationally and have been the focus of discussion at a number of conferences and symposia. In 2017, Peter (2014) won Best Philip K. Dick Short Film at The Fifth Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York.
Qualifications and memberships
BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting (Glasgow School of Art)
MSc Human Nutrition (University of Glasgow)
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (University of St. Andrews)
Academic and research interests
Science Fiction - Fictioning - The Archive - Feminist writing practice - Altered states - Intertextuality
Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Matter Matters, Moving Mountains Festival, The Millom Palladium, Millom, Cumbria, The 16th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris & The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, New York, USA, all 2018. Experiments in Cinema v13.6, Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, The Fifth Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India (with Lux Scotland,) all 2017, solo show Screen Used, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow, Glasgow Short Film Festival & Transit #3 and everything crooked will become straight, Glasgow (2016), FILM OPEN (Spike Island, Bristol, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, ICA, London (2015), 31st International Short Film Festival, Hamburg (2015), Ripples on the Pond, GoMA, Glasgow (2015-16), & LUX Scotland‘s Artists Moving Image Festival, Tramway, Glasgow (2015).
Peter & nou is available from the good people of Good Press. Peter won Best PKD Short at The Fifth Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York, 2017. I was a recipient of the summer residency (2017) at Hospitalfield, Arbroath and I was on the jury of the No Budget Competition at the 32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival (2016).
Recent external roles
External Examiner for Edinburgh College of Art MA Contemporary Art
External Assesor Fine Art Blackburn College
External Examiner Art and Design Forth Valley College, Stirling