Viva Exhibition (2015) Sackler Building, RCA


NEWS

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JUNE 2016

Resigned from BA Interior Design lecturing post (UWE) to take up the position of MA Ceramics course leader, Bath School of Art and Design (BSU).

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V&A Design Culture Salon

Queer Craft…?

20 May 2016, 6:30pm, Clore 55, V&A

Chair: Laura Carderera, Residency Coordinator, V&A

Panel:
Dr Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley.
Catherine Flood, Curator of Disboedient Objects and Curator, Prints, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Dr Joseph McBrinn, Reader, Art and Design Institute, University of Ulster.
Dr Conor Wilson, Artist and Senior Lecturer at University of the West of England.
Dr Matt Smith, Artist in Residence at Victoria and Albert Museum and Lecturer at University of Brighton.

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MAY 2016

PhD thesis published here:

http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/1764/1/wilson_conor_thesis_phd_2016.pdf

Or: navigate to ‘researchonline.rca.ac.uk’ and search: ‘conor wilson thesis’.

The thesis can be viewed online, but is freely available to download as an interactive PDF and works best in this form, on a screen that allows you to scale the document to a physical width of about 50 cm, if possible. It is much easier to navigate hyperlinks from the PDF document.

The document was constructed in Adobe InDesign, with a spread of two facing pages, each sized 250 x 327 mm. The gap between pages in the InDesign document is 7.5 mm, so the dimensions of the onscreen spread are 507.5 x 327 mm. Initially, the thesis was designed as a document for print – the examiners’ draft was produced as such, with a spiral binding taking the physical size to 520 x 327 mm.

All this detail is relevant as the proportions were carefully chosen to allow me to play with the A4 format (210 x 297 mm) within the larger document size. The space between the facing pages was integral to the design process – each spread was designed ‘as one’, with some objects keeping to their own side and others flowing across the gap and appearing ‘separated’ in the print version. Despite the significance of the boundary, I chose to export to PDF as ‘spreads’ rather than ‘facing pages’, initially because I was unfamiliar with the possibilities and, in the end, because I preferred the look. Still, sometimes it feels necessary to imagine the gap.

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MARCH 2016

PhD thesis revisions accepted by examiners.

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The process lives in a house made of three objects

‘Many a Slip’ work profiled on cfile

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Transistor: Hampstead AAF, London : 10-14 June 2015

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Group show:
Many a Slip: invited artists juggle with the domestic symbol of ‘the cup’

Marsden Woo, London : 22 July – 05 September 2015

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JANUARY 15
PhD Thesis [Writing_Making: Object as body, language and material] has been submitted and is with my examiners, Linda Sandino and Maria Fusco.

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OCTOBER 14
Essay forthcoming in:
Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts

Edited by Elaine Cheasley Paterson and Susan Surette, Bloomsbury Academic (July 2015).

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SHOW RCA 2014

The show is done and dismantled and I’ve moved out of the Department of Ceramics & Glass. I have a (planned) extension term to write up my PhD thesis and will submit in December for examination in February.

My exhibition explored new ways of communicating the engagement between body and materials that is making and was conceived as an experiment in displaying art (and craft) as research. I am currently writing to potential recipients and disbursing the nine cups – gifts that might open up new strands of dialogue.

Click on Blog, above, to see images and follow progress.

RCA profile here.

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Harman among the potters

I’ve been working on an idea to facilitate a dialogue between a distinguished potter and a leading exponent of the philosophical movement known as Object Oriented Ontology. Graham Harman has agreed, in principle, to participate, which is very exciting news. We are planning to hold a practice-based symposium at the Royal College of Art in Spring 2015. Some details here.

Find Graham Harman articles and interviews here.

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British Ceramics Biennial work profiled on CFile

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Contributor to Wysing Arts Centre publication – produced in collaboration with An Endless Supply to accompany the exhibition:

Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century

READ HERE

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So Far/So Good RCA Research Conference 2014

Speaker (with Victor Burgin, Olivier Richon, Carol Mavor and Maria Fusco)

The Production of Images session, convened by Azadeh Fatehrad.
10 January 2014
Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Dyson Building, Battersea

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New research work in the Awards Exhibition, British Ceramics Biennial:

Four Bodies: Red < Buff  > White

28 September – 10 November 2013
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
britishceramicsbiennial.com

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Workshop: Space, Object, Language (delivered with Amanda Game).

09 September 2013
Wysing Arts Centre retreat: How We Make and How We Might Make

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Two research texts published:

Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. Volume 6 / Issue 1

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Demonstrations and lecture:

28 June – 30 June 2013
International Ceramics Festival

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Residency:

04 March – 31 March 2013
Cranbrook Academy of Art Michigan, USA.

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Disruption RCA Research Biennial

21 January – 27 January 2013
Exhibition designed by Conor Wilson and Claudia Dutson

Translation: Object/Text/Object – collaboration with curator Amanda Game

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Transnational Explorations in Ceramics
in conjunction with Cardiff School of Art & Design and NCECA conference

March 2012
ArtXchange
512 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Reviewed in Ceramics: Art & Perception Issue 89 (September – November 2012)

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Focus

18 November 2011 – 7 January 2012
Contemporary Applied Arts
2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD

Private View – from 6.00pm, 24 November

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Placement (Curated by Lowri Davies and Dawn Youll)

16 April – 6 July 2011
Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park, Newtown, Powys SY16 2NZ

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17 September – 20 November 2011
Fife Contemporary Art and Craft @ St Andrews Museum
Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TA

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Symposium linked to Placement exhibition – Saturday 5 November 2011, 10.30am – 4pm

I will be talking about work in the show and new working methods. Also speaking are Ken Eastman and the curators, Dawn Youll and Lowri Davies, with a discussion session chaired by Dr. Natasha Mayo of Cardiff School of Art & Design.

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Prizewinner, Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010


Work is featured in several recent publications:

New Directions in Ceramics: From Spectacle to Trace, by Jo Dahn (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

Sloppy Craft: Post-Disciplinarity and Craft, edited by Elaine Cheasley Paterson and Susan Surette (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection, edited by Garth Clark and Cindi Strauss (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Yale University Press, 2012)

Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker, by Louisa Taylor (Jacqui Small Publishing, 2011)

Ceramic Sculptures. Lark Studio Series, edited by Linda Kopp (Lark Books, 2011)

Extra/ordinary: Craft culture and contemporary art, edited by Maria Elena Buszek (Duke University Press, 2011)

500 Ceramic Sculptures (Lark Books, 2009)

Made for Love (Stichting Kunstboek, 2009)

Contemporary Ceramics, edited by Emmanuel Cooper (Thames & Hudson, 2009)

Viva Exhibition_5 (2015) Sackler Building, RCA

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