"All researchers in their own way are engaged in the process of inquiry, and the most salient feature of inquiry is its open-endedness. It is pursued for no reason whatsoever, it is the project of the passionately curious." Robert Irwin
PhD - RANE (University College Falmouth 2006-2010)
Thesis: 'Interfaces of Location and Memory'
Following on from previous research re. the isolation of artworks from the context within which they are made, and the commodification of artists intentions and processes framed by arts categories such as 'socially engaged' and 'relational' this research project proposes that a focus on product/outcome (as a prescribed or desired effect) is counter productive to the integrated process of emergence that is responsive practice.
Through an initial pilot study, the research evaluates a public art commission (urban regeneration initiative) and revisits previous projects in relation to 'art governed by the place ethic' (Lippard, 1997) and 'mapping' (Ingold, 2000) to formulate a critical framework for Caravanserai - a residency project on a caravan site in Cornwall.
Caravanserai becomes the 'lens' through which to considr how transdisciplinary processes, polyvocal responses and emergent activities might be re-presented to actively promote an ethical ‘response – ability’ to place.
Through focusing on process rather than product, the project calls for a shift from philosophies of predictability toward those of uncertainty and flux, demonstrating the potential of moving beyond the limitations of objective arts critique.
Thesis: 'negotiated practice – InSites'challenges the notion that context-led / site-specific practice is a 'new'or recent development; arguing that iconoclastic archiving & institutional frameworks of critical discourse have isolated artworks from their context - the wider social & cultural relations within which they were created.
exhibition case study: 'return' Prema Arts Centre and accompanying catalogue 'afterimages' (ISBN). The catalogue essay by Martin Lister draws attention to the problematics of archiving temporal works and the commodification of artist’s strategies; with reference to a series of sited works made by Annie between 1993 –1998.
Situated in a former church & burial ground, this site-generated exhibition celebrated continuum and natural cycles of regeneration - pertinent to the shared personal and community memory of the death of a child. The work received national coverage in a double page feature for the Guardian,
by Simon Hattenstone.
'The show could be sentimental & self-indulgent. In fact it is anything but. The work is entrancing and typical of the way Lovejoy marries nature and technology. Her art is varied & what does unite her work is its sense of place, its rootedness
- in every sense.'
'threads & networks' - practice-based research in locative media & wearable technologies.
Pillow: produced in association with Hewlett Packard Research Labs & exhibited at Tomorrows World, Earls Court, London, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol and Kibla Media Centre, Slovenia.
Millennium Square: GPS/ wearables research H.P. / Univ. of Bristol Computer Science dept.
Your Heart on My Sleeve: wearable / mobile tech project exhibited at Siggraph, LA. USA
Ongoing practice-based research:
'InSites'- interfaces of location & memory'
web archive - processes & outcomes of site-responsive arts practice
interface – the point of connection between things
location - the site, situation, context or position of something.
memory – experiential, collective, associative, knowledge base, data & archiving
relationships pertinent to context which inform the development of situated artworks and how such works are recorded, archived, re-presented and re-membered.