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MPhil/ PhD

bookRoom supports and contributes to MFA and BA Photography courses as well as PHD projects across Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Time based Media.

bookRoom welcomes application for research degrees on the following themes: Photography and the book –  Publishing as a critical practice – The contemporary dialogue between electronic and print culture – Political and social history of independent publishing and artist books – The interplay between the page and other time based medium; photography, writing, moving images, music, performance art.

MPhil/PhD projects currently affiliated to bookRoom

Danny Aldred (2nd year P/T)  / Edge to scroll, sequence to time and image to place – supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and James Trafford

From past, to in-between, and into the present, Danny’s work and research investigates the disruption of time through book as conceptual form (a sequence of moments in space). Danny looks to reconfigure and disrupt the space (and time) within the narrative and investigate new ways to see how it can be approached and experienced through experimental publishing and collaborative projects. Insights are drawn from gleaned content found on the periphery, both analogue and digital, the unseen or little noticed, noise artefacts and debris, the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardisation.

Danny is a visual artist and graphic designer. He teaches graphic arts at Winchester School of Art. His practice centres on publishing as creative practice with a focus on artist book projects. His work has been chosen for numerous international exhibitions and publishing projects within the UK, Germany and the USA.

Delphine Bedel (1st year P/T) / Meta/Books – Publishing as Artistic Practice – supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and James Trafford

Delphine’s artistic research aims to address how, as a community of artists/publishers, can we engage with the drastic economic and technological changes occurring in the publishing industry?

Meta/Books operates as an artistic research and publishing platform, aiming to explore the liminal space between books and metadata:

– by analysing the critical and disciplinary context and precedents for this research.

– by working closely with artists, researchers, designers media critics, and programers to develop knowledge transmission, cutting-edge projects and sustainable scenarios for the future.

– by experiments with photography, writing & publishing.

Delphine is a photographer, curator and publisher, specialised in emerging practices in photography, art and publishing. Founder of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair. She is currently MA Thesis Supervisor at Dirty Art Department – Sandberg Instituut. Her work is exhibited internationally. She regularly contributes to books and magazines and international conferences. Delphine is also a food blogger under the name Rawfoodista.

Matt Johnston (2nd year P/T) / PHOTO / BOOK CLUB; Connections (made and missed, digital and other) between the photobook and its reader – supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Jean Wainwright

Matt is a UK based photographer, educator, researcher and founder of The Photobook Club. His research focuses on the relationships between photography, the photobook and its audience in a post digital context and investigates the state of the photobook, its relative efficacy and the conversations occurring around the medium.

The Photobook club, created in 2011 as a space for conversations around the photobook, has developed into an international network generating events, publications and critical discussions, bringing together a variety of voices connected with the photobook with those who are new to the format. To date there are over 45 clubs around the world from Auckland to Bangalore connected by a series of postal projects spanning over 50,000 miles.

Matt is a lecturer in Photography at Coventry University where, together with Jonathan Worth, he pioneered free and open photography classes #picbod and #phonar. Matt has spoken about his investigations and experiments at a number of conferences internationally and is currently working on an open, non-linear, poster-based class exploring the post-digital.

Manuel Vason  (PhD by publication) – The PhotoPerformer:
The action and image in close relationship.

supervised by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Jean Wainwright

Manuel is a photographer and artist interested in ” the correspondence between the art of photographing and the art of performing” that have come together in his concept and practice of the photoperformerFor this PhD by publication he will analyse the main concerns of his research using The PhotoPerformer as a device to look retrospectively at all the work created and presented publicly to date across and in between the 2 mediums. ” Through this phd by publication I mean to add a significant contribution to the existent discourse around the complex relationship between Photography and Performance Art. I aspire to free Photography from the weight of the photograph and free Performance Art from its dependency on the trace. “