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Laura Denning

Recipient of the Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship: Laura Denning

My practice-led research asks - what are the parameters of an arts practice which seeks to articulate located subjectivities that can disrupt dominant discourses surrounding climate change? The overall research seeks to critically develop creative language which might successfully embody the feminist subject-as-process as a critical testimony, and to ask of those embodiments how they can impact upon our capacity to address the political bias that defines the climate change narrative. How can different subjectivities be articulated within practice in ways that are specific, dynamic and with the potential to disrupt dominant discourses surrounding climate change? If the global-scale, technocratic perspective marginalises a plethora of significant issues and dimensions, can arts practices which focus on the subject and the location intervene? What is meant by location and locatedness that is expressed through practice and that is significant in the discourses surrounding climate change?

I trained as a painter and now work in moving image and sound, creating (sometimes silent) films and sonic drawings. My work has been exhibited widely, particularly over the last 2 years. Following inclusion in Raw Catalyst (Cambridge Sustainability Residency at Anglia Ruskin University July 2015) a sonic piece entitled ‘Underheard’ was selected by Theaster Gates to form part of Sanctum Bristol (Oct 15). I undertook a month long residency at Arts Quarter Budapest (Nov 15) to harvest material at the various thermal baths in Budapest. This work was screened at Fringe Arts Bath, Language, Landscape and Sublime (Schumacher College), Journeys and Transmission at University of Plymouth, Place Ecology & the Digital (University of Brighton) and as part of the Korean Biennale. The Fringe Arts Bath screening formed part of an exhibition I guest-curated bringing UK and Hungarian artists together on the theme of Liquid. (All 2016).

Liquid will be shown in Budapest in February 2017. In the Spring of 2016 I was commissioned by the Media Wall at Bath Spa University to produce a moving image piece entitled Submersive Testimonies. From December 2015 to July 2016 I was Artist in Residence at Plymouth School of Creative Art. I made contributions to Balance-Unbalance International Conference (May 2016), and Language Landscape and the Sublime at Schumacher College (June 2016) and Place Ecology & the Digital (University of Brighton Sept 16). A showcase of my sonic work was broadcast on Radio Revolten as part of the International Radio Art Festival, Germany, October 2016.

I broadcast regularly on Soundart Radio with two shows: – monthly broadcast bringing Artdotearth (Arts & Ecology at Schumacher College), CCANW (Centre for Contemporary Art and the natural world) and RANE (Research in Art, Nature and Environment, Falmouth University) together to explore threads and themes which bring the 3 institutes together. Sonic Drawing – monthly broadcast exploring sonic arts and acoustic ecology.

From January 2017 I start a 3 month residency in the town of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire. Working with teachers and students at Ysgol Glan Y Mor to develop digital creativity within the school, I will also produce a substantial body of work relating to the tidal environment of the town.

Exhibitions 2015-2017  

  • Liquid II - group show curated by me, Arts Quarter Budapest, February 2017
  • Art Language Location, Cambridge, October 2016
  • Plymouth Art Weekender, September 2016
  • Place Ecology & the Digital (University of Brighton Sept 16)
  • Korean Biennale – one of 174 international artists showing work on the theme of Water. Aug 2016
  • Liquid - group show curated by me, Fringe Arts Bath, June 2016
  • Submersive Testimony - Media Wall, Bath Spa University May/June 2016
  • Stratum II -Large scale projections/sound,Buckfast Church, March 2016
  • Sanctum Bristol – sound installation ‘The Underheard’, Oct/Nov1015
  • Plymouth Art Weekender – 2 moving image installations, Sept 2015
  • Selected Artist (one of 8) for Arts & Sustainability Residency, Cambridge School of Art, July 2015
  • Raw Catalyst Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University July/August 2015
  • From Cowboys to Astronauts: Exeter University, May/June 2015
  • Just Add Water: Group Exhibition –Hannahs at Seale-Hayne: June 2015
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