Mary Modeen

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Professor, Associate Dean, International, Joint PhD Studies Co-ordinator

Bio

Teaching

Professor Modeen is the Coordinator of Ph.D. studies and supervises six students currently. As the founder of the MFA in Art and Humanities, an interdisciplinary postgraduate course that combines creative practice with academic modules in any area of the Humanities, she supervises and lectures across a broad range of subjects as they coincide with studio practice.

Key Teaching Initiatives

Modeen has been central to the development of interdisciplinary studies in DJCAD and the School of Humanities. She was the Course Director for Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices(now simply Art and Philosophy) for over seven years (2003-2010), developing this unique undergraduate course, liaising with the Humanities faculty, recruiting, teaching, advising and assessing, for the first early years through its first five years of graduates. She handed this course to the next course director with over 70 students. Following this, she designed, coordinated and developed the interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in Art & Humanities (for which she was Course Director, from 2012-2018). 

Her Ph.D. supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary studies, linking studio practice with an academic investigation.  Modeen’s supervisory input and interdisciplinary collaborations with Humanities staff were also vital to several of their successes in obtaining Ph.D. studentships in the Scottish Graduate School for Art and Humanities (SGSAH) consortium. She is the DJCAD Joint Coordinator of Ph.D. Studies, for 39 doctoral students currently. To date, Modeen has six completed PhD students, and six current doctoral applicants, and served as External Examiner to 6 Ph.D. students across the UK. Additionally, she founded the international Global Summer Experience programme for international participants, which has run annually since June 2016. 

Biography

Mary Modeen is an artist/academic whose research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing.  Her PhD supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary investigations, linking studio practice with academic enquiry. International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights. She has been the leading figure in interdisciplinary collaboration between DJCAD and Humanities at all levels. She is also the DJCAD Associate Dean (Internationalisation).

Research

Research Summary:

Modeen’s research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing.

Selected solo Exhibitions include:

2014               The Absolutely Other, Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Edinburgh. Prints, artists books and constructed prints. With a gallery brochure.

2012-13          Ways in Which the World Takes Shape. Solo large permanent installation within the Min No Aya Win Human Services Center, Fond du Lac Reservation of Chippewa Indians, Cloquet, Minnesota, USA

2007                Te Whenua Maori, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, with acquisitions for the permanent collection (10 July- Aug)

Two-person exhibitions:

2011                The Enigma of Place, collaborative multi-media installation, with Iain Biggs, for Sensory Worlds: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory7-9th December, in conjunction with the conference Embodied Values: Bringing the Senses Back to the Environment, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2010-11           Landscapes of Epiphany and Memory, with Dr Judith Tucker, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia USA.

Group Exhibitions:

2017                In Praise of Wetlands exhibition with Biggs and Baeumler, in association with the CMIT Conference sponsored by ASLE-UKI, Bank Street Art Centre, Sheffield, England; Sept.17. Major installation with printed fabric and sound work, and also an artists book entitled In Praise of Wetlands

2015                In the Open, Collaborations of women artists and poets, New Hall, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University. 1-21st Sept.

2014                Former Artists-in-Residence Print Exhibition, Seacourt Printmakers, Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland; 2-30 April

 

Publications include:

(Book Chapter) Poetics At The Edge Of Vision And Art, in Poétique Liminars, Mallorca: University of Balearic Islands Press, 2016.

(Book) Invisible Scotland: Revealing a Process of Interdisciplinary Discovery, Mary Modeen (Editor and author), Moray School of Art Press: University of Highlands and Islands, 126pp. With additional funding from The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. ISBN: 978-0-9576428-0-5.

 

Refereed Journal Papers (published)

 

M. Modeen and H. Whiting, 'Groups of the manners in Scotland': David Allan -- the Process and Politics of Printmaking’, Journal of the Scottish Society of Art Historians, Vol. 22 (2016-17), Nov’17, St. Andrews, Scotland

M. Modeen: ‘Breaking the Boundaries of ‘Self’: Representations of Spatial Indeterminacy’, Architecture and Culture Journal, special issue Transgression: Body and Space, Volume 2/Issue 3, November 2014, pp335–358.David Littlefield and Rachel Sara, Eds. ISSN: 2050-7828 Online ISSN: 2050-7836

Book pending publication: Geopoetics, Deep-Mapping and Slow Residencies: Creative Engagements with Ecologies of Place, with co-author Iain Biggs

Residency:

2018                Casa na Ilha, Sao Sebastiao, Brazil

 

Future research aims to continue this trajectory with artwork and publications that examine the ‘invisible’ but important elements in perceptions of site-specific places across the world, and especially to support this work with attention to indigenous knowledge, multiple histories, memory and reprised pasts, partially through a process of ‘deep-mapping.’

 

Key Research Initiatives:

International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights. She led an international five-day conference in Dundee in Aug.2013, and subsequently, five annual conferences since then, and has participated in many international events. Often now, she is a keynote speaker at international conferences and symposia. A new collaborative research project underway is in collaboration with Sichuan Fine Art Institute in Chongqing. She has been the leading figure in interdisciplinary collaboration between DJCAD and Humanities at all levels.

Publications

Audrey Grant - Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen : The Waves of Sea and Love
9/2018
Research Output: Non Textual > Exhibition catalogue

Groups of the manners in Scotland : David Allan - the Process and Politics of Printmaking
/2017, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Being in Place : The Highs and Lows of Sited Practices
11/2016
Research Output: Non Textual > Exhibition

Poetics at the Edge of Vision and Art
/2016
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Breaking the Boundaries of ‘Self’ : Representations of Spatial Indeterminacy
11/2014, Architecture and Culture
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Special issue

The Absolutely Other : Edinburgh Printmakers, Scotland, 2014
/2014
Research Output: Non Textual > Exhibition

Invisible Scotland : Revealing a Process of Interdisciplinary Discovery
12/2013
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

The Opposite of Snake : The Art of Jimmie Durham
9/2013, Journal of Surrealism and the Americas
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

In Praise of Multiplicity : Pluralism and Contemporary Photographic Art Practices
8/2013, Journal of Visual Art Practice
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Printmaking Process as a Journey of Becoming
/2013
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

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Press

'Invisible Scotland' to be discovered at symposium

Mary Modeen

1/08/13

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Activities

Interstices, Voids and Vibrant Spaces

Mary Modeen (Speaker)
28 Feb 2015

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Activity Type: Other Activity

Poetry Beyond Text

Mary Modeen (Speaker)
11 Dec 201413 Dec 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Mary Modeen and the Absolutely Other

Mary Modeen (Speaker)
21 Feb 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Mind the Gap: Drawing from the Land as Both Phenomenological and Metaphsical Sited Revelation

Mary Modeen (Speaker)
25 Jan 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Activity Type: Talk

Edinburgh Printmakers

Mary Modeen (Participant)
17 Jan 201415 Mar 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

Activity Type: Attendance

Outwith (Journal)

Mary Modeen (Referee)
2013

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Activity Type: Editorial Work

Printmaking Processes as a State of Becoming

Mary Modeen (Speaker)
2013

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Activity Type: Other Activity

shadows traces undercurrents: Mapping Spectral Traces VI

Mary Modeen (Participant)
19 Oct 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

The Theory, Practice and Art of Movement Capture and Preservation Symposium

Mary Modeen (Participant)
19 Jan 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Bat of Minerva Televised Interview

Mary Modeen (Interviewee)
2012

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - media article or participation

Activity Type: Other Activity

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