Work undertaken at the Contemporary Art Lab
The Contemporary Art Lab combines expertise from theoretical and practice fields
The digital creative theme
The Contemporary Art Lab's digital creative research relates to the relationship between technology and culture, as well as the way meaning unfolds through new computational forms.
The cultural significance of technology is its power to create new forms of embodied and embedded interaction. In partnership with FACT, a new form of research programme has been designed. The programme integrates the arts practice and public engagement at FACT Lab with research and art and design expertise at Liverpool School of Art and Design.
FACT Lab uses creative practice and ‘design thinking’ to tap the tacit, embedded and socially-situated knowledge of communities. Through interdisciplinary arts practice, design and technological innovation, the research has explored the power of the digital and the human-digital interface, examining its ability to transform industry, cultural institutions and academia.
The contemporary art practice-led approach to knowledge production
The contemporary art practice-led approach has emerged through the Arts Council England funded Artists’ City project (ended August 2015), which developed art teachers, critical writers, emerging artists and creative entrepreneurs by showcasing and nurturing the region’s artistic excellence.
The group achieved this by focusing on facilitating art teacher education (Artist Teacher Summer School), a support strategy to enable creative graduates to stay in Liverpool (Hunting in Packs), a critical thinking and writing event (Thinking, Writing, Engaging), importation of high profile artists (International Voices) and knowledge transfer (through the Exhibition Research Lab).
There has been extensive popular culture/history research in soundworks, Punk archives and subcultural style, as well as the art of William S. Burroughs. The Lab also engages with the practice of museums and galleries internationally, nationally and locally to articulate the value of culture in life and education.
Professor Colin Fallows has been instrumental in attracting several world-class archives of popular culture/counterculture to LJMU and his associated curated international exhibitions have employed archives and deepened the understanding of the impact of popular culture on contemporary life.
Key to the Contemporary Art Lab is the work on reinterpreting previously under-researched figures in popular culture.