A presentation by recent Fine Art Practice based PhD graduates at Central Saint Martins

Robert Luzar   Dean Kelland    Pat Naldi

This event is an opportunity for current MA Art and PhD students to engage with three challenging and experimental programmes of research. Robert, Dean and Pat will be presenting their work, giving valuable insights into the process of studying for PhD and discussing what the research has led to since gaining their Doctorate.

Wednesday 22 June 2016 2.00 – 5.30pm

Room C303 CSM Kings X

To book a place please rsvp to Deborah Kenny d.kenny@csm.arts.ac.uk

For further information contact Event Organisor – Susan Trangmar s.trangmar@csm.arts.ac.uk



More information on the speakers:

 Robert Luzar

Thinking Through A Point-of-the-Body

Thinking is today believed to happen through experiences that are embodied and visible in trace. The presumption is that knowledge is produced experientially, engaging thought through gesturally traced lines that track bodily actions. Performative drawing is a practice that falls under an inscriptive ideology of sorts. The presentation proposes a radically different event here: to think through a point-of-the-body.

Robert Luzar is an artist, researcher, and educator. His doctoral thesis awarded in 2014 and entitled Drawing Upon Multiplicity: Mark, Body, and A Trace of Thought, is a practice-led investigation into the question of thinking through performative kinds of drawing. His current research is an on-going investigation of the ‘event’, as engaged through contemporary art practices and philosophy today.

He exhibits his works internationally. Some examples include: the Talbot Rice Gallery (UK), Nunnery Gallery (UK), Torrance Art Museum (USA), Katzman Contemporary (CA), and Künstlerhaus Dortmund (DE). He is an editorial member of the peer-reviewed journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice (Intellect Press). Most recently, a chapter written by him will shortly

be published in a new book called Nancy and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), which explores ideas by French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.

Robert is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Bath Spa University



Dean Kelland  

Just Like That: The Practice Based Research Journey

Dean Kelland is a UK Based Artist who explores portraiture as a performanc practice.

Dean’s practice utilises multi-disciplined approaches that encompass performance, photography, filmmaking, and mixed media processes. It touches on philosophies of identity, cultures of taste, and histories of class identity and structure in order to produce engaging observations of collective cultural identities.

Deans PhD research entitled Flawed Masculinities: “Rupturing” 1950s/60s/70s British TV Sitcom via a Performance-led Interdisciplinary Arts Practice examines the construction of masculine gender stereotypes in selected situation comedies from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.

Born in 1973 in the Great Barr suburb of Birmingham, his formative years coincided with the “golden age” of the sit-com and an opportunity to view repeated episodes of comedies such as “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”, “Rising Damp” and “Porridge”. The second city reclaimed one of its comedy heroes in Tony Hancock and as one of the region’s most celebrated comedy icons the character of Hancock helped shape Dean’s experiences and at a relatively early age he developed an interest in British comedy. This lead onto a growing interest in British Comedians such as Les Dawson, Bob Monkhouse and Frankie Howerd.

As author/performer Kelland is as the catalyst and originator of material. The references and source material are from his personal nostalgic experiences and memories of the televised repeats. The research draws from historical contextualisation of situation comedy within Post War Britain; autobiographical account, historical figure and sitcom character.

The practice links the production of performative work within contemporary spaces with the comedy characters as performed by the original actors. Concentration on the sitcom as a significant historical/political reflection of period Britain becomes a testing ground for a multi-disciplined arts methodology.

In 1997 Dean graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography and completed a Masters degree in Fine Art at Staffordshire University in 2006. Now employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton he has recently completed his practice-led PhD study at Central St Martins.

Exhibitions include Ikon Gallery Birmingham (solo) About Town in conjunction with Birmingham Hippodrome Plus and Ikon Gallery; He has also presented work on Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son as part of the With Humorous Intent Symposium at the Mostyn Oriel Gallery in Llandudno and the annual British Comedy Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dean has also

been featured in Re-framing Photography and a recent edition of the Comedy Studies Journal.

Dean is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Wolverhampton




Pat Naldi

The practice of research in ‘lived space’

With a practice encompassing video, installation, live events, television and radio broadcasts, photography, website projects, and writing, Pat’s research focuses on the politics of power and its symbolic and active enactment – aesthetic, spatial, social, economic. Her PhD (awarded 2015) titled The view: a historicised and contemporary socio-political mediation investigated historical and contemporary views and their effects on citizens in order to question how these ‘views’ operate visually, are used spatially, and perceived conceptually, as a means of developing critical understandings of the socio-political construction of views, and how they shape and position how we relate societally and to public space. Working with the [art] practice of site-specificity, the thesis was configured as a series of conceptual, visual, and spatial vantage points, that guided the reader’s viewpoint from the panoramic and global of the view of the earth from space, to the particular and located concluding in the here and now of the privatised view within the urban redevelopment of the King’s Cross estate.

Pat’s works have been exhibited internationally at Tate Britain, ZKM Center for Art & Media (Karlsruhe), Rome Film Festival, NGBK (Berlin), Performance Space (Sydney), Adelaide Festival, and Kate MacGarry, London. She contributes regularly to conferences most recently at the University of Turku, Finland, Tallin and Tartu Universities, Estonia, Freie Universität, Berlin, and Tate Liverpool. She has been awarded research fellowships at The British School at Rome, Oxford University, University of Western Sydney, and residencies at the Banff Center, Canada, the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide Australia, and ACME, London. Her writings include a chapter in the book Regenerating Culture and Society: Architecture, Art and Urban Style Within the Global Politics of City-Branding (Liverpool University Press/Tate Liverpool), is associate editor of the international peer-reviewed Intellect journal Philosophy of Photography, and a member of LAND2 National Research Network, and LUX Artists’ moving image London Critical Forum 2015/16.

Pat is a lecturer in MA Photography at CSM.