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Dr Gillian Whiteley

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Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies

Dr Gillian Whiteley is a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies and Research Coordinator for School of the Arts where she is also a member of the Politicized Practice Research Group.

Gillian's research interests include transdisciplinary practices and cultural production within radical and socio-political contexts; cultural activism, artists' collectives and sites of transitory utopia and resistance from the 1960s through to contemporary practice. As artist-curator, she operates as bricolagekitchen, a multifaceted project space for creative-critical practice, emerging from preoccupations with the art and politics of bricolage, assemblage and  trash. Recent projects include research on the Dutch Provo movement, Welfare State International and contemporary practices of ludic protest and creative dissent. Her current interests include actant/activist objects, new materialism, political ecologies, foraging, feralism, magic, tricksterism and post/anarchism.

Forthcoming publications include ‘Provos, pranks and  praxis: the tactics and rhetorics of unruliness’ in Gavin Grindon, ed. Art,  Production and Social Movement, Autonomedia, New York/London and  ‘TRES, tab ends and chewing gum: a rumination on aleatory and disruptive encounters with stuff’ in the inaugural issue of O-Zone, a peer-reviewed online journal. 

Gillian is co-organiser (with Dr. Jane Tormey) of RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt (RaRa), an initiative based at Loughborough University School of the Arts, with events, network and a book series (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury). She is also Associate Editor of the Art & the Public Sphere academic journal (Intellect). She is also part of Alchemy/Schmalchemy, a multimedia laboratory for improvisation and performance.

  • SAA500 Research, Analysis and Study Skills in Art and Design
  • SAB553 Fine Art Histories and Theories
  • SAP010 Publics: Histories, Theories and Critical Practices (Responsible Examiner) (MA Art & Public Sphere)
  • SAP011 Art Practice, Art Curating, Art Writing (MA Art & Public Sphere)
  • SAP012 The Public Realm (Responsible Examiner)
  • SAP013 Research, Practice and Proposal SAP001 Situating Practice (MA Art & Design)
  • SAP009 Final Project (MA)
In 2013, with a Research and Master Teaching Fellowship at Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne, she contributed public talks and seminars related to two exhibitions and a published essay, Regimes of Value: Sensuous Stuff, Entangled Objects. Undoing the Order of Things. Subsequent research developments include plans for an international project based around sustainable creative practices and an AHRC Connected Communities and Design highlight call project, extending Loughborough University’s Fruit Routes into the local community around the campus and with ‘glocal’ community routes linked to Victoria College of Arts, University of Melbourne and the University of Sao Paolo. Other current work includes research on Welfare State International for a case study to be published in a three-volume study of British theatre companies to be published by Methuen.
Since 2009, she has presented her ongoing project Pan-demonium, at the AC Institute, New York and as a collaborative performance at The Knot, Berlin (2010).
Other publications include ‘Scavenging from margins to mainstream; artist as bricoleur’ in Stéphanie Jamet-Chavigny et Françoise Levaillan (eds) Retour sur l’art de l’assemblage, actes du colloque international (Les Presses Universitaires de Renne, 2011).
In 2009, with Dr. Jane Tormey, she co-organised three symposia and produced an edited book, Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film, published by Cambridge Scholars Press, and curated exhibitions including Radical Mayhem: Welfare State International and its Followers (Burnley, UK, 2008).
Past events include organizing the international conference, Sculpture and Design at the University of Brighton (2005) and alien form(s): sound > space > sculpture, an inter-disciplinary event at West Yorkshire Playhouse (1999).

Gillian’s current PhD supervisions include:

Ben FittonVis-à-vis the Relations of Production: An Articulation of Correct Prescriptive Practice

Aria SpinelliCan the idea of the assembly as a form of curating enact the agonistic struggle against the social imaginary of capitalism?

Assunta Ruocca: Productivity, relationships with objects and activities without a purpose

Corina OpreaThe Curatorial as an Exercise in Collective Knowledge

Viviana ChecchiaA Mediterranean Transnational Curatorial Proposal

Lee CampbellAtmospheres of Antagonism, Flavours of the Inhospitable: The Heckler and Convivial Art Practice

Charlene Clempson: Who Am I? identity, objects, memory, co-supervised with Dr. Marion Arnold

Gillian’s ccompleted PhD supervisions include:

Dr. Basia SliwinksaVenus in the 'looking-glass': para-classicism and the trans-body in the works of Igor Mitoraj and Marc Quinn

Kim TylerRichard Hamilton a "Multi-Elusive" Artist of the Modern World (MPhil completed)