Dr Gillian Whiteley
Programme Director for Fine Art
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)
Gillian’s current PhD supervisions include:
Ben Fitton: Vis-à-vis the Relations of Production: An Articulation of Correct Prescriptive Practice
Aria Spinelli: Can 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 Oprea: The Curatorial as an Exercise in Collective Knowledge
Viviana Checchia: A Mediterranean Transnational Curatorial Proposal
Lee Campbell: Atmospheres 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 Sliwinksa: Venus in the 'looking-glass': para-classicism and the trans-body in the works of Igor Mitoraj and Marc Quinn
Kim Tyler: Richard Hamilton a "Multi-Elusive" Artist of the Modern World (MPhil completed)