This research project examined the concept of mediated presence through the perception of inanimate images coming to life, and the converse experience of human actors becoming inanimate images, whilst interrogating how this might articulate, substantiate or defy belief.
The chapters covered themes such as miraculous icons, relics, articulated crucifixes, theatre props and costumes, the practice of tableaux vivants, puppets, automata, prostheses, puppet-like acting techniques and the withdrawal of presence.
Since completing the practice-led PhD in 2002 Aura has been a fellow at the London Consortium, where she also teaches. Sections of her PhD have appeared in 'New Formations'; 'Iconoclasm: Contested Objects, Contested Terms' (Ashgate 2007), and she is co-editor (together with Jon Wood) of the book of collected essays entitled 'Articulate Objects: Voicing and Listening to Sculpture and Performance' (Peter Lang publishers, 2008). Her research interests have followed on from the PhD in explorations of magic, phantom limb phenomena, phantasmagoria, spiritualism, musical automata and ideas of presence through sound. She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including FACT (Liverpool), Site Gallery (Sheffield), Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento (Italy), De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea), the Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland), Whitechapel Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London). In 2008 she had solo shows at Beaconsfield Gallery and Artprojx Space. She is currently developing a film project on mechanical music notation and gramophone grooves. Her previous projects can be seen online at www.iamanagram.com.