Temporal Connections, Research Student Conference and Exhibition

Tuesday 27th March, 2018

This post will draw a summary on key facts which were spoken about during the conference. I targeted upon the subjects and concepts which brought an attachment to my current working operation, which is enhanced from topics of Time, Chance and Existence. 

  • The conference was opened by Dr Beverly Ayling-Smith, Phd Alumna who gave a concise account into the background of Temporal Connections. Aspects which were brought to my attention were:
  • The many different concepts of time and how each stage in time has its own temporal existence.
  • The way in which we experience time supports our own social and cultural actions.
  • Temporal connections are linked to our distant past, our longing for the present and our anxiety or prospect for the future.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice Chancellor – Gave his own personal explanation into the theory of Temporal Connections: 

  • Our memory is temporal as it is designed to help us find what is stored within us.  It is temporal because it is connected to a history which formulates a non stable reaction.
  • Artworks represent the future, because the past is limited. The past has no truthful insight, it is only the present moment which enables us to build an understanding,  as we do not have the capacity to read into the process which may have occurred before.

Visual Artist Susan Aldworth – Gave a very detailed Keynote speech titled Footfalls echo in the memory

  • Time is something which plays a significant role within her work, examining the sense of self, both in what the work is about, and how she makes the work. – My own practice explores the same concept, how the materials I compose with formulate their own existence. I Constantly ask the questions, what has happened? How has it actually got here? What role have I played? What happens to the work over the duration of time – Coming out of the past into the present driving itself into the future.

Interesting extracts from Susan which gave an observation into her practice

“Time is a slippery, complex and deeply embedded part of or own experience.”

“I captured my subjects in a moment of being, rather than offering a general overview of them.”

Extracts taken from Temporal Connections conference – Keynote Abstract, Footfalls echo in the memory

All artists involved in the student research conference gave a brilliant and engaging overview of their art practice. However there was one artist who impacted on me greatly:

Marcelo de Melo

  • Concerns with image making through the regulation of mosaic art, leading from passages connected to the built environment of construction to the virtual image based environment of digital technology.  – I was drawn to this idea of de Melo working with passages in order to construct an understanding. Where images start to formulate from beneath the surface in order to rise to the top, it is a layered process which starts to ignite new openings which were not there before.  


  • The work introduces ideas of entropy in mosaic art, this collapse of image and patterns which inherits a distraction which creates more of a noise, than something which is seen as resolved. – The break down in surface is something which corresponds with my own working methods. From the moment the surface is taken away from its usual confinement, it has already started to break away and disconnect from its self. Then the surfaces I work with along with the materials and elements, are added to a process which directly installs a breakdown in their capacity. The whole mixture becomes something unusual forming a state of the uncanny. Not only are the active materials put in a world of ambiguity, I also find myself wrapped up in an inconclusive world. 

    Marcelo de Melo – Collapsing Grid, 2016

In the artists exhibition the work by artist Peta Jacobs also impressed me. I really liked how materials found a new ability, either by changing their given appearance or by transforming the viewers observation.

Peta Jacobs – Unfoldings-Implicate / Explicate, # 1, 2018



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