Contemporary Arts Practice

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  • Contemporary Arts Practice (CAP) brings together practitioners and researchers from across the creative spectrum including visual artists, composers, sound designers, theorists and art psychotherapists.

    CAP members produce exhibitions, films, performances and live events, and work on collaborative projects internationally. We work on commissions and collaborations internationally with leading funding agencies, galleries, music venues, festivals and curatorial organisations. The group meets regularly to share ideas, stimulate debate and when relevant, find areas of common interest from which to build new projects. As part of this, CAP frequently invites practitioners from its international networks who further enrich its conversations. Housed within the School of the Creative Arts, CAP benefits from the input of postgraduate students, UH Arts and the artists from the UH Galleries programme, and members of other schools within the University. CAP’s mission is to ensure its community maintains a critical engagement with their subject and environment through exchange and collaboration.

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    Samantha Jury

    Samantha Jury is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the psychological impact of film-based imagery and how its ubiquity shapes our understanding of society and self. Jury works across the medias of photography, video, sound and installation, whilst navigating the gaps and fissures between moving and still imagery. In her most recent works, Jury has been examining depictions of trauma and event within the framework of ‘suspended traumas’; the idea that dramatic/traumatic incidents from the past are continually replayed in the media in detachment from specific moment or place. This includes depictions of impending events such as those caused by environmental and climate extremes. When exhibited, her work is presented as installation, and her video works are often shown as projected into 3-forms, or site-responsively in non-gallery contexts.

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    Our Expertise

    CAP members bring their interests and activities as artists to the fore in our teaching and invite postgraduate to work with us on appropriate projects. Our areas of expertise and interests are:

    Art / Science collaborations, including art and psychology, art and anthropology, art and physics.

    Ecological art including trans-ecology, art and climate change

    Experimental moving image and sound, including installation, narrative creation in interactive media, interactive cinema

    Documentary photography, including urban spaces and narratives, globalisation and the 'urban experience'

    Game Audio, immersive cinematic music and sound designs for virtual worlds

    Inter-disciplinary sculpture and installation

    Gender in the Arts (Music)

    Music Composition: Songwriting, Choral + Brass Compositions, Music for Contemporary Dance

    Music Composition: sound-design for installation and artist moving image; voice spatialisation; sound acoustics; programming for sound and music

    Painting and expanded painting practices

    Socially engaged practices including participatory art, relational aesthetics, psycho-geography

    Theoretical expertise in the histories of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet art, contemporary art practices and gender politics, Darwinisms and their impact on cultural production, UK folk-songs as aspects of secular "visual" narratives.

    Text and Image

    Psychosocial and Art therapy practices including education and training, wellbeing and social inclusion, applied psychoanalytic thinking in community settings. Trauma and attachment, community engagement and social action. Research in teaching, learning and practice. Evidence based practice, participatory research, heuristic research, collaborative enquiry, co-production, mapping, photovoice, social dreaming and mural making

    Working with collections and archives, including ethnographic Museum collections and Living Archives