As a Professor and researcher in Fine Art, I am involved with undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art students, PhD candidates and in facilitating the development of staff research within the Department of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cumbria. I am committed to the principle that Fine Art, with its unique and ever expanding set of methodologies has a special and important contribution to make to knowledge production and indeed in identifying how knowledge itself is constituted.
I am Course Programme Leader for the MA in Contemporary Fine Art
As an artist, in my own work my scope of interest spans Art and Ecology, Socially Engaged and Site-Specific Art and Art and Science. Since 2001 I’ve worked collaboratively with Icelandic artist Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, building an international practice based on the complexity of human relationships to environment, in pursuit of which we’ve developed major projects at home, in Europe, Australia and the USA.
Academic and research interests
Fine Art, Practice-based Research, Interdisciplinary Research, Collaborative Practice, Human/Animal interface and behaviours, Socially Engaged Practice etc
Johanna Willenfelt - Scripting the Pain of Others: An Artistic Interrogation into Pain as Practice, Site, and Subversive Force
Martin Fowler - Fine Art and Political Drawing
Jackie Haynes - The contemporary critical legacy of Kurt Schwitters.
Aaron Tan - How Li Yuan-Chia’s choice to settle in Cumbria, informed the development and coalescence of his own curatorial and artistic approaches
Frida Yngstrom - Pushing the rational – Using dreamwork as a method for art and feminist resistance
Jane Topping - She Creeps In: The Female Subjective Voice & the Penetrable Screen
Patti Lean - Thirled to the mountain: Nan Shepherd, eco-criticism and nomadology in painting practice
Selected group exhibitions
Sagas on Thin Ice Audrey Love Gallery, Miami, Florida. (Art Basel) Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff Nov 17 – Jan 21, 2017. Artists: Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Ósk Vihjálmsdóttir, Anna Líndal, Kjánska Collective, Rúrí. 3x Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson works featured: Matrix #1, You Must Carry Me Now and nanoq: flat out and bluesome
Borrowed Time, Scandinavian House N.Y. Curator Ásthildur Jónsdóttir (October 2016 – January 2017)
ÁKALL – CHALLENGE – Art in the Service of Sustainability, United Nations, N.Y. Curator Ásthildur Jónsdóttir (July 2016)
RÍKI – flóra, fána, fabúla / KINGDOM – flora, fauna, fable, Listasafn Reykjavikur (Reykjavík Art Museum) curator Markús Þór Andresson (May-August 2016)
Infinite Next Nýlistasafnið (The Living Art Museum), Reykjavík. (7th of May – 15th of June 2016) Group exhibition curated by Bjarki Bragason, Anna Líndal and Þorgerður Ólafsdóttur.
The View From Up Here Polar Lab with Anchorage Museum Alaska. Group exhibition (6th May to 18th Sept 2016)
Dead Animals: the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art, Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence. U.S (Jan 23rd to Mar 27th 2016) Curator Jo Anne Conklin.
After-Biopolitics, SLSA Conference, Main St. Rice University, Houston, Texas, U.S (12thto 15th of Nov 2015). Curator Maria Whiteman
Larson´s Lost Waters, Group exhibition, Wimbledon College of Art, London. Curated by Edwina Fitzpatrick. 2015
Caldewgate 1991-2015, Carlisle. Curator Genevieve Kay-Gourlay, 17th -30th July, 2015
Sjónarhorn, Safnahúsið, Reykjavík, Curator Markús Þór Andrésson, (18.04.2015- x)
Carlisle Photo Festival 2015, 27th April to 16th May 2015. http://www.carlislephotofestival.co.uk
Ákall, Listasafn Árnesinga, Iceland. Curator Ásthildur B. Jónsdóttir. Featured work; Íslenskir Fuglar. 24.01 – 23.04 2015.
Late Harvest, Nevada Museum of Art, US. Curator JoAnne Northrup. Featured work, nanoq: flat out and bluesomephotographic archive. 27th Sept – 18th Jan 2015
Þín Samsetta Sjón, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland, Featured work; nanoq: flat out and blue some photographic archive. 24.05 – 7.09 2014.
The Luck of Eden Hall @ the Fire Station,Carlisle, curated by Linda Fitzgerald. Featured work, Safe Passage to the Promised Land (19-26th March 2014)
Publications (featuring the work of Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson)
Ecologies of Uncertainty: nanoq and the Indeterminate North essay by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson in Up Here: The North at the Center of the World Edited by Julie Decker and Kirsten J. Anderson, ISBN 978 0295999081 University of Washington Press 2016
Acts of Creation: Thoughts on artistic research supervision, editors Frisk, H., Johansson, K., & Lindberg-Sand, A., Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposium, Höör. ISBN 978-91-87483-16-5. Sweden 2015
Repairing the Disembodied Mind; Art Practice, Research and New Knowledge essay by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson in Keep Frozen: Art Practice As Research – The Artist’s View, ed. Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir, ISBN 978-9979-72-761-3. Published by Útúrdúr, Reykjavík 2015
After nanoq: flat out and bluesome: A Cultural Life of Polar Bears: Displacement as a Colonial Trope and Strategy in Contemporary Art. Essay by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson in Displaced Heritage: Responses to Disaster, Trauma and Loss, Edited by Convery, I. Corsane, G. & Davis, P. The Boydell Press, N.Y. 2015
Tierstudien, Tiere und Raum, featured work A Safe Passage, Ed. Jessica Ullrich, 06/2014
Late Harvest, exhibition catalogue,essay by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, The We of ‘We’: Rethinking Back to the Garden, Nevada Museum of Art, eds. JoAnne Northrup and William Fox, 2014
Papers delivered by Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson at public lectures and conferences
On the Oblique Imperative: An Examination of the Obfuscating Nature of Spectacle in Art and Conservation, by Mark Wilson & Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir for International Conference Minding Animals 4, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City. 2018
You Must Carry Me Now: on Grieving and Extinction, by Mark Wilson & Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir for International Conference Minding Animals 4, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico City. 2018
Searching for Stipa: Revealing Plant Biographies across Habitats Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson for Out of Time, the 31st annual meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts (SLSA) Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA (9th to 12th Nov 2017)
On the Oblique Imperative: An Examination of the Obfuscating Nature of Spectacle in Art and Conservation Mark Wilson & Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir for Out of Time, the 31stannual meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts (SLSA) Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA (9th to 12th Nov 2017)
Matrix: At the Center of Periphery: Climate Displacement, Immigration and Artists of Social Action Arctic Circle International Conference, Iceland (October 2016)
Untying the knots: Relational Art and the Meetings of Species. Mensch-Tier-Kontakte in Kunst, Erlangen, Nuremburg, (November 2016)
Taxidermy Art & the Animal Question: A Symposium, Dead Animals, or the curious occurence of taxidermy in contemporary art, Brown University, Providence, US – paper: Fading Symbols, Disappearing Worlds: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species Feb 26th-27th 2016
Action – a twisted relation to the object, Icelandic Art Academy (28th – 30th of Jan 2016)
After-Biopolitics, Society for Literature Science and the Arts (SLSA) Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas (12th to 15th Nov 2015) -paper delivered You Must Carry Me Now
Visualising the Animal, University of Cumbria. Paper delivered You Must Carry Me Now. 2015
Anthropocene Campus, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (commentator and lecture) 16-24th November 2014
Art + Environment Conference, Nevada Museum of Art. Paper: nanoq and the Indeterminate North, October 9th – 11th 2014
Further North Conference, University of Northumbria, Newcastle on Tyne. Paper: Ecologies of Uncertainty: The Indeterminate North 4th – 5th September 2014
Practicing (in) Uncertainty Colloquium, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts, London – paper: What’s Lost is Found, 2014
Recent Residencies & Research
Recent external roles
2007 - Member of the Advisory Board of the peer reviewed Antennae Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
2010-14 External Examiner for the BA Hons Photographic and Electronic Media and BA Hons Sculpture course at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.