Dr Clarke is a postdoctoral research fellow.
Dr. Jennifer Clarke is a research anthropologist and multi-disciplinary artist, currently a postdoctoral Research Fellow for the KFI Project. Her work combines collaborative and independent anthropological and artistic research practices. Her doctoral thesis ‘Working Between Art and Forestry, Towards an Ecology of Practice’ examined relationships between contemporary ecological art and forestry, working at the interstices of art practice, anthropology and philosophy, understood as ethical praxes.
Her recent research (2013-2016) extends her approach to working in correspondence with art and artists, through residencies and experimental exhibition making in Japan, Taiwan and the UK, in print making, experimental photography and installation work. Invited to respond to the triple disaster in Tohoku, North East Japan, this work explores the role of art in relation to diverse understandings of the disaster; it is concerned with providing alternatives to the dominant, distancing images and discourses. How might converging modes of knowledge production in art practice and art-anthropology reconfigure these things? Her installation and residency work, aimed at making spaces and works that provoke reflection and conversation, is an approach grounded in a practicing of the self in relation to other(s).
The second main strand of her research practice is an exploration of workshopping as a mode of ‘knowledge’ production, developing collaborative practices – correspondences – with multi-disciplinary artists and researchers across different media. These collaborations are also an exploration of ethics, in terms of the personal and political responsibilities involved; learning from others and other conceptual realities, and investigating the affective possibilities for art and art–anthropology.
Dr Gatt is a postdoctoral research fellow.
In discussions of environmental change, two meanings of ‘environment’ are often confused. One conveys the phenomenal world of immediate experience, the other a physical world whose reality is given independently of our experience, and that we can know only through detached observation and measurement. For most people the environment of everyday life is understood in the first sense, yet the second predominates in the discourses of techno-science and policy-making. Attempts to include diverse perspectives on the environment have possibly made the gap between these two senses even wider. More..
Dr Harkness is a postdoctoral research fellow.
Material Entanglements: The Art of Sustainable Building in Scotland
Buildings are part of the world, and the world will not stop still but ceaselessly unfolds along innumerable paths of growth, decay and regeneration, regardless of the most concerted of human attempts to nail it down, or to cast it in fixed and final forms. Taking this ever-unfolding world as my ground, I consider buildings and the practice of building in order to shift focus away from professional Architecture per se towards people's modes of dwelling in the world. More...
Marc Higgin is a postdoctoral research fellow whose role in the KFI Project is to curate the project exhibition.
Dr Hodson is a postdoctoral research fellow.
Dr Hodson’s work in KFI focuses on contemporary art practice, principally in two locations: Iceland and Scotland. Her research addresses the specificity of particular artistic mediums, in particular drawing and painting, through an ethnographic focus on the working practice of artists. She has recently written on the topic of abstraction in Icelandic art and is currently working on the role aesthetics plays in contemporary Scottish painting. Her curatorial work for KFI has involved two exhibitions: ‘Beyond Perception’, held at the University of Aberdeen (2015) and ‘Drawing the Anthropological Imagination’, University of Durham (2016). She is also a practising artist and holds a studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Dr Scheldeman is a postdoctoral research fellow.
Dr Vergunst in a lecturer in Anthropology and researcher.
Dr Vergunst's research for Knowing From the Inside is about the nature of wood in craftwork and in the landscape. Exploring craftwork, I have undertaken training in traditional furniture-making at Lethenty Mill in Aberdeenshire. This has involved learning to use hand tools and reflecting on ways of knowing for a novice woodworker. In the landscape, I am looking at the cultural values of native woods in Scotland. I have carried out fieldwork in the Rannoch area of Perthshire with the artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, and around the hill of Bennachie in Aberdeenshire with the community group the Bailies of Bennachie. In 2016-17 I am working with poet and artist Alec Finlay as Leverhulme Artist in Residence in the Department of Anthropology. The research overall explores how wood as a craft material and as an aspect of landscape can be connected through thinking about sustainability.