Art Research Centre
Research Centre Leader: Alnoor Mitha
The Art Research Centre, one of six art and design centres within MIRIAD, supports research in contemporary art. The centre brings together diverse research activities spanning all media and recognized modes of practice.
The Research Centre has four core functions:
- to foster a research community
- to provide a supporting environment to nourish research - individual, interdisciplinary and collaborative
- to provide opportunities for responsive and speculative research
- to develop an interdisciplinary, critical forum that enhances the strengths of individual researchers and identifies shared agendas.
A key priority has been to identify areas of shared interest amongst Research Centre members and between these and the wider research community. Current interests include virtual sculpture; mass media and ideology; the logic of form; place and memory, action and transaction, play and potential space, art and ecology.
Photography Research Group. PRG is a loose federation of practitioners with a deep interest and fascination in direct engagement with a shared subject, and an interest in the process of documentation of this subject. Whilst the context and interest stem from the rich tradition of documentary photographic practice, the methods of enquiry, response and realisation are diverse and wide. As well as the photographic, these often include sound, video writing, performance or combinations of which are best considered to articulate the experience.
Urban Narratives Group. The group builds on projects of discovery and shared interest that came into being around the Experiments with Urban Narratives workshop, held at the Manchester School of Architecture under the direction of Sally Stone from April to May 2010.
- Anatomy of an Institution. This project centres around definitions of Portraiture and Photography. The work and ideas generated aim to 'tease out' some of the complex issues around representation, dentity and truth; about the individual and the social presentation, the private and the public persona.
- Withdrawn Books. A project focusing on artists' photographers' and students' responses to books withdrawn and discarded by the Kenneth Green Library.
- Experiments with Urban Narratives. A workshop held at the Manchester School of Architecture under the direction of Sally Stone from April to May 2010. Workshop participants explored a narrative approach to understanding cities, taking Manchester as their object.