Slade School of Fine Art



Dis-Locating Reality: Towards a Fractured Topography of the Present

Fiona Curran

I am currently researching for a practice-related PhD that considers the role of fine art practices since the 1960s in relation to the environmental impact of new technologies, focusing on the critical significance of landscape in examining conditions of power in the context of 21st century late-capitalism.

My practice explores landscape as site (material) and sight (representation). Working with strategies of assemblage, visual material is frequently appropriated from historical representations of landscape found in marginal, overlooked forms from the decorative and applied arts. My work explores the relations of materials to processes, sites and the social and cultural contexts of production and presentation. This research project  is centred on three interrelated concepts: territory, acceleration and entropy, and draws theoretically from the works of Virilio, Sloterdijk, J.G.Ballard and Robert Smithson.

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