Judith Fieldhouse

Current research/thesis title:

Digital Memory and Photographic Memory – New Media Art, Archives and Exhibiting for a Future Life.

"The research seeks to determine how the archive is viewed by artists and audiences alike, with an aim to altering the way that artists collaborate with archivists and archives. "

Judith’s research interests focus on the areas of Digital Memory and Photographic Memory – New Media Art, Archives and Exhibiting for a Future Life. The role that archival accessibility plays in assisting artists to develop their practice of creating work and exhibitions from the archive, is a field this research explores. This incorporates, investigating the responsibility and power that archivists, curators and artists using archives as inspiration hold. With the advent of the internet re-defining the way we view art, digital memories in the current social media climate is a further area of research, although we appear to be capturing more memories than ever before it appears that fewer images are being consciously archived. Many of our memories are being archived unintentionally via social media networks. This leads to the exploration of the research surrounding nostalgia and identity, investigating whether social media platforms have changed our perception of them. This research will question, can the perception of the archive, as a place to store historical information, be altered, therefore inspiring artists to include archives in art installations?

The research seeks to determine how the archive is viewed by artists and audiences alike, with the aim of altering the way that artists collaborate with archivists and archives. The objective of the research will be to encourage contemporary New Media Artists and Curators to utilize the archive, thus using the archive to create new art and exhibitions. This, in turn, will enable the archives to be enjoyed by future audiences.

Names of supervisors: Dr Anna Notaro and Dr Craig Gauld