The goals of power and the goals of knowledge cannot be separated. In knowing we control and in controlling we know. ~ Foucault
In the context of a recogised exhibition space, can we, as artists, set up the conditions that enforce a moment of exchange between the Artwork, the Viewer and a Socio-Political subject? Can we use the systems and mechanisms we are challenging as a formula for doing so?
My PhD is takes the form of a pracitce and theory led investigation into the systems and mechanisms used to acquire and establish power structures in UK politics and the effectiveness of their application as a tool for the artists in contemporary practice. Exploring the potential of the artwork and exhibiton space to act as a stage; an arena for the potential of exchange (acknowledged or unacknoeledged) with the viewer in revelaing, testing or challenging such structures as methods for politically engaged artistic practice.