My research interests primarily investigate space, place and site through experiencing contemporary art practice, focusing on ways in which artists use site as image subject. Integral to this examination is the exploration of specific sites through moving image, drawing, writing, painting, sound, installation and performance.
By purposeful experimentation, visual finding and discoveries, questions emerging from practice are raised, and are examined through practice and mutual engagement with others, serving as a basis for collaborative research. For further details, see my websites Quilos and the Windmill and Space and Place Practice (currently under construction).
My experiential approach has led to critical engagement of strategies and tactics used. Space, place and site are critically examined through encountering practice (mine and others), considering that while the works experienced possess powerful imagery, their impact extends beyond purely aesthetic definitions.
My interest is in the event of an artwork that is a mode of being, occurring in the interval between the viewer and the observed subject. Relevant theoretical approaches are used to consider the works drawing on a broad base of literature, including: Edward Soja, Doris von Drathan and Irit Rogoff in order to investigate the central concepts, opening out apperceptive approaches and constructing a vibrant and reciprocal research field.
Under these approaches lie my research projects and they all (although different in their materiality and modes of being) pertain to my aim in understanding this complex field.
- PhD - Bath Spa University
- MFA - Bath Spa University
- BA (Hons) - Bath Spa University
- Space Place Practice research network
Other external roles
- External assessor
Areas of expertise
- Research Methods in Art and Design
- Contemporary theories in Fine Art, specialising in Space, Place
- Fine Art practice.
Research and academic outputs
Whiting, M (2018) 'Acts of empathy.' In: Maltby, P, ed. Cicatrix: the scar of a healed wound. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, pp. 10-19. ISBN 9780464893233
Whiting, M (2017) 'Quotidian space in the sites of myth.' In: The sites of myth - Aqueel Solangi. Koel Gallery, Karachi, pp. 8-13.
Whiting, M (2010) Space, place and site through moving image installation art practice: entering elsewhere. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.
Whiting, M and Khatir, L (2018) Q and W losing it. In: Loss and Lucidity, Santoraspace, Santa Ana, SC, USA, 4 - 18 August 2018.
Whiting, M (2017) The Museum Box Project: Something of Place [group exhibition]. Trowbridge Town Hall (Arts Centre), Trowbridge, UK, 9 September - 4 November 2017.
Whiting, M, Khatir, L and Mars, P (2016) Bad Wilma. Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA, 16 June - 1 September 2016.
Whiting, M and Khatir, L (2016) The Drawing Quilt Project. In: Konst i Påsk Easter Arts Festival, Aguelimuseet, Sala, Sweden, 20 March 2016 - September 2016.
Whiting, M (2016) The Art of Research. Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK, Permanent Installation.
Whiting, M (2015) Space Place Practice. In: The Museum Box Project, Aberystwyth University, UK, 8 April - 8 May 2015.
Whiting, M (2014) Lost [curator]. In: Lost, Salisbury Arts Centre, Wiltshire, UK, 21 August - 28 September 2014.