DIRECTORS OF STUDIES

Angeliki Avgitidou (PhD) studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts (MA, PhD). She has exhibited internationally at venues that include the ICA (London) and the French Museum of Photography. She has participated in all three Performance Festivals of the Biennale of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki and the Performance Biennale Deformes (Chile). She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of The University of Western Macedonia in Greece and teaches on the MA Graphic Arts – Multimedia of the Greek Open University. She is Sounding Board member of the i-node of the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University. Her research interests include the everyday, autobiographical practices, body and space, gender and identity, performance and politics/activism, performance documentation and the archive.

Within her practice Sarah Bennett (PhD) investigates institutional sites, both historical and contemporary. She employs a range of artistic research methods and material processes including: digital recording and projection, facsimile object making, observational drawing, and embodied actions. Through this work she aims to reveal how diverse institutional systems operate, and to question the level of complicity society affords such systems, i.e. how we are implicated in their continuance. At the same time, in her methods of making and installing, she endeavours to imbue the artwork with an affective 'charge' that she hopes may elicit critical, interpretative and associative responses on the part of the audience. Sarah Bennett is an artist and academic, whose artistic research critiques the hitory of psychiatry through associated archives and architecture. She is Head of School of Art & Architecture, Kingston School of Art (KSA), Kingston University, London, and a supervisor on the Transart PhD with Plymouth University. http://www.sarahbennett.org.uk

Michael Bowdidge (PhD) is an artist who works with found objects, images and sound. He received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989, and completed his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. His project took the form of a practice-based investigation into the relationship between the later philosophy of Wittgenstein (specifically thePhilosophical Investigations) and assemblage sculpture. This research was fueled by the same curiosity about the possibilties of object-based sculptural practice which has also driven 20 years of creative production in this medium, resulting in a substantial number of exhibitions both within the United Kingdom and internationally. The notion of the sculptural as a distinctive set of qualities and criteria (after Koed) also informs his work. Michael works in a variety of educational contexts, which include academic and community settings. All of these activities enrich his teaching practice, and by extension, his creative output – as, for him, these two areas of endeavour are fundamentally intertwined. www.michaelbowdidge.co.uk

Andrew Cooks (PhD) was born in Sydney and completed his PhD with Monash University in Melbourne. Titled Between Shadow and Memory his work addresses spatial curiosity. A ramble through the paradoxes of space Andrew’s peripatetic research practice addresses the pleasure garden as a model of created/curated space vis-à-vis imagining. Using pattern to effect pictorial space his body of work—painting, drawing, photographic side- glances, writing, talking and teaching—examines the traverse and occupation of real and imagined space. Made up of sideways glimpsing and glancing his works are accumulations which attempt a communication of a comprehensive glance; a poetic visual totalising of space both inhabited and imagined. He describes his practice as a garden where he is the gardener. He has been teaching in a variety of academic and community settings in Australia and the United States since 1982, and as well as his work with Transart Institute he currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at Dutchess Community College in upstate New York. www.andrew-cooks.com 

Laura Gonzalez (PhD) is an artist and writer. Her recent practice encompasses film, performance, dance, photography and text, and her work has been exhibited and published in the UK, Europe and the US. She has spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When she is not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with her camera, she lectures and supervises postgraduate students at various institutions around the world.  Her doctoral project, completed in 2010, investigated the practice of seduction. She is currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. She edited a collection of essays titled ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’ (2013) to which she contributed a chapter—although it is really a work— written with the artist Eleanor Bowen. www.lauragonzalez.co.uk

Elena Marcevska (PhD) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher (BA, Theatre directing MFA, Performance The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; PhD, University of Northampton). Following her doctoral study on Screen and feminist performance practice, she continued to focus on contemporary multimedia performance practices. For a number of years, her primary interest was on the use of the screen in performance. Through exploring performances which brought together screen, somatic performance practice and auto ethnography, she has increasingly turned her attention to relationships between performance, female body and digital writing. She is currently working on research about radical self-organised performance practices in South East Europe and their urban manifestation. www.elenamarcevska.com

Simon Pope’s (PhD) art practice is preoccupied with participatory art’s engagement with new materialism and concepts of the more-than-human. He was recently awarded a doctorate from the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford (2012-15) for the practice-led project, Who Else Takes Part? Admitting the more-than-human into participatory art. Formerly a member of the Net.Art group I/O/D – Webby award winners in 2000 – he also represented Wales at their first exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Pope was a NESTA Fellowship awardee (2002-05), a Reader (tenured-Professor) in Fine Art (2005-10) and is currently an Associate Research Fellow of both Birkbeck and Queen Mary, University of London (2014-). He advises MFA and PhD students, and especially welcomes those with an interest in participation, dialogue, the more-than-human, the anthropocene, and ecological thinking, as they relate to contemporary art and creative practice more generally. He is a UK citizen, and permanent resident of Canada. http://www.tinyurl.com/simonpope

Wolfgang Sützl (PhD) is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer and educator chiefly concerned with a critique of violence and understanding the conditions in which such a critique is possible. His Ph.D. is in Philosophy from the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Spain where he wrote on “Emancipation or Violence. Aesthetic Pacifism in Gianni Vattimo”. Previously he was Principal investigator on the research project on media activism at the University of Innsbruck (2009-2012, funded by the Austrian Science Fund) and Chief researcher at World-Information.org, Vienna (2000-2006). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University; Faculty and research advisor, Transart Institute (New York/Berlin) and Faculty, MA Program Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck.  wolfgangsuetzl.net