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Creative Practice

Technē DTP champions creative practice and practice-led research, as such the student team this year wanted to create an opportunity for researchers to showcase their work and share their ideas. Find out more about the students who will be sharing their creative work at the conference below. 

Mary Kate connolly

Mary Kate Connolly is a writer on dance and performance practices. Her current research is preoccupied with the idea of fabric ghosts, in particular, the costume remains of renowned dance companies, The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs. As part of her doctoral research, she has been poking around the costume archive of Lea Anderson for some several years. Her research project centres on the ideas of Preservation, Disintegration, and the Transactional Value of costumes. Mary Kate presents and publishes her research internationally, most recently as part of the Wearing Space Collective, at Prague Quadrennial 2019.  She is also a parent. 

"On Motherhood"

"The fact is that family life is messy, oozing, and complex. It also has a burning vitality; an immediacy and a total lack of escape. There is no ego allowed here. It is a life lived in extremes - the technicolour abandon of sprinting through fallen leaves, followed by the mind numbing slowness of time passing during a meltdown outside the front door..."

A musing on the lived journey of undertaking a PhD as a parent. The ways in which the familial and the scholarly mutually influence, hijack and surprise one another...habitually occupying a nexus of chaos and unexpected discovery.   

Where can I experience this work at the conference?

Mary's work will be in The Garden Seminar Room, running all day. Due to the intimate space chosen to showcase this work, we request only one visitor at a time.

Judah attille

Judah (Martina) Attille is a practice based PhD candidate at UAL LCC Screen School. Her current research is a light sensitive response to telling complex contemporary stories in a digitally fluid screen environment. A recipient of the prestigious TECHNE scholarship, Attille is able to build on her previously ‘messy’ but tenacious years of independent research into the mysteriously disappeared novel Je suis Martiniquaise by Mayotte Capécia. Attille is best known for her short film, for Sankofa Film and Video Ltd, Dreaming Rivers (1988). The film has received renewed interest since 2015 featuring in gallery programmes profiling works by British Black artists and filmmakers, including exhibitions at Tate Britain, Nottingham Contemporary, South London Gallery and Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Attille is of African Caribbean heritage.

"Spectrum Notes"

This iteration of moving image capture privileges the capture of artificial light. Attille is working towards a definition of one of the key concepts of her research question, Africandescence, a neologism that responds to Paul Gilroy’s formulation of a Black Atlantic.

Where can i experience this work at the conference?

Come and view Judah's piece in The Loft from 1-2:30pm.