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Research Week: In a New Light - Connecting Art & research
Fri 21 April 2017, 14:00 – 15:30 BST
In a New Light: Exploring how the ideas and understanding of researchers can change the work of artists and be carried out into the world through the artworks they create. Using presentations and discussion as part of a journey towards extending impacts.
Julie Ellen will introduce the work of Macrobert Arts Centre, looking at their Conversations Programme and sharing examples of how Macrobert is fulfilling its statement of purpose to Make Active Connections with People, Communities and Ideas for Entertainment, Well Being and Understanding.
The guest artists include Stuart Mullins, Stephanie Katie Hunter and Oliver Emanuel who have all worked on projects that brought artist and researchers together in quite different ways. They will each give a presentation of their particular experience and Julie will invite them to reflect on the outcomes and possible learning. Throughout the session there will be time to discuss the experiences of those presenting and to share some of your own, as well as offer suggestions to help build this new initiative.
Julie is the Artistic Director of Macrobert Arts Centre: a Theatre Director and Producer who is leading Macrobert’s partnership with the University of Stirling to bring arts practitioners and researchers in Scotland together. The partnership aims to give the arts community from the impact of the researchers’ provocations and findings. The project also offers alternative research outputs and impacts for the academic community and the audiences have all the benefit of the dissemination of the latest thinking and ideas in the centre for public entertainment and engagement that is Macrobert.
Producer, Director and Coordinator & Visiting Lecturer, Acting and Screen Performance, School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire. He is Project Producer for Sparks Might Fly a partnership with the Heritage Hub and UHArts, University of Hertfordshire.
In ‘Creating a Third Space’, Stuart will explore the relationship between performing artists and academic researchers. Innovation is often promoted as being at the heart of professional development, but what is significant innovation? How can the impact and evidence of our research resonate beyond the seminar or the published paper in an academic journal? As an artist when do I get ever the chance to explore such in depth and rigorously proven ideas? In a third space new art and new research can touch the lives of hundreds if not thousands…
Stephanie Katie Hunter
Will share her experience as Producer of SHRIMP DANCE - a collaboration between Paul, a multi-disciplinary artist trained in Butoh dance, music and theatre, and Dr. Alex Ford of the University of Portsmouth. Dr. Ford's work involves experimental data on the effects of rising levels of Prozac in coastal seawater on the behaviour of shrimp. Due to the sheer number of humans taking antidepressants, and eliminating them through sewage, prozac levels are so high that shrimp are abandoning their natural shadowy habitat and swimming into the light where they are prone to be eaten by predators. The mystery of this behaviour, the poetic and literal implications for human interdependence on nature, as well as the implicit indictment of a system (consumer capitalism) that produces depressive disorders of such scale, is at the core of SHRIMP DANCE.
The humans are so sad the Shrimp are going crazy.
SHRIMP DANCE had it's first stage of development in October 2016 with the kind support of Dance Base and Creative Scotland.
Oliver Emanuel is a playwright based in Scotland. He was born in Kent, England, and studied at Leeds University and the University of East Anglia before settling in Glasgow in 2006. He has written for most of the major theatre companies in Scotland and his work has been seen across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada, USA and China. He also writes extensively for BBC radio. Oliver’s play Dragon won Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards 2014.
To write his play The 306: Dawn Oliver worked with the University of St Andrews, School of History. His PhD research partner did dedicated, library based research, then developed the project further still by connecting Oliver directly with the descendants of those who story he wanted to tell. He will talk about the origins and processes which built the foundation for The 306:Dawn.