M. Foucault, Madness and Civilisation: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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Newman Humanities Research Seminar Series

M. Foucault, Madness and Civilisation: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

Ana Rutter

“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”

This will be an informal presentation and sharing as an articulation my current thinking through and about elements of my practice based research including exhibited art work, speculative research, and video/audio/text exposition of doing/thinking. The above Foucault quote interests me as it feels like a description of my journey through practice based/practice as research.

My practice/research relates to affect and gathering, I collect ‘stuff’ and atmospheres from moments and events, these are often commonplaces things, not points of high intensity, but quiet moments of occurrence. The materials are not of my making, but are of my choosing, they are collected digitally so disappear and re appear in new configurations, mediated through/by me. I am interested in the new relationship made with spaces/environments that things are placed in; the slippage and seepage between what’s installed, what is already there and what others bring with them.

Ana Rutter is a practicing artist and PhD student at Birmingham City University School of Art, she holds an MA in Fine Art, has shown locally and nationally, and has a background in devising and delivering education programs including for Stan’s Café. Ana has also run an artist gallery space The Bond Gallery in Digbeth in the 1990. She is currently a senior demonstrator at BCU School of Art, teaching video and audio gathering and editing processes specialising in installation practice.

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