The collective aim of the research is to construct multiple inter-related relationships that contain, disseminate and document the research as an integrated whole. This utilises peer reviewed publications, exhibitions, events and material documentation.
The central questions for the research is concerned with specific identified conflicts inherent in the act of making the image and subsequently questions of representation.
The research methodology is constructed through photography, painting, drawing, watercolour, video and text. In this instance the research utilises the form of artist publications – on-line, hard copy and large scale unique hand bound editions - as a point of critically engaged dissemination and container of conflict in itself. The research identifies this as a place for the tension between conflicting ideas and investigation to be explored through discussion.
Echoes of places, people and historical representations constitute the experience of our presence in the world. Stories and objects should not be accepted as mere constructs of fact or fiction but rather be considered as conduits for pluralities. Constructed through the dialogue between fieldwork, creative production, visual memories and fragments of history the research raises questions such as:
How do we approach facts though the complex relationships of personal immediacy?
How do we operate the ambivalence of testimony itself?
The research aims to put forward visual discussions and critical positions that can function as responsive ‘friction points’ in an image saturated culture where images are produced with unthinkingly ease, and potentially proceed to be disposable and forgettable.
The aim is to use publications in a variety of forms as a means to discuss how documentation and dissemination can be an active part of artistic research and not only a result at the end of a project.
The research publications are configured in three distinct adaptations, each adaptation has it own specific visual construct that can either be viewed individually or seen as in correspondence to each other.