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Between Movement and Stasis: Loops within the Durational

This practice-based research examines various iterations and configurations of loop forms in moving image and sound, via artists’ use of particular audio-visual technologies; situating these forms as manifestations of cultural and ideological conditions; and investigating temporal dynamics between the loop and the durational. Through this, points of oscillation or confluence between movement and stasis emerge; this intersects with, and challenges, dualities of recording and erasure, absence and presence, materiality and dematerialisation. I use the term durational in the context of time-based media and also with a Bergsonian inflection: duration which involves a flow or flux between different elements of time, where the past flows into the present – at times intersecting it.

My field of research moves between the contemporary and the period from the mid-1960s to early '70s. I use this historical move to engage with the specificities of medium and working processes as they are figured within the reciprocal conditions of socio-political contexts and technological developments, then and now; this method creates a temporal looping back and forth throughout the writing.

The thesis addresses the following questions:

How do loops reflect cultural and ideological conditions at the same time as engineering or manipulating them, shaping our perceptual experience? How does this affect our experience of duration?

How does the loop in moving image and sound practice operate in relation to particular recording technologies?

In what ways does the loop create an oscillation or intersection between movement and stasis, and what kinds of materialities emerge or dissipate through this?


More about Frances

Frances Young is a UK-based artist who works with moving image and sound. Her work has been shown internationally and is in the collections of David Roberts Art Foundation (London, UK); Gemeentemuseum, Helmond (Netherlands); University of the Arts London (UK); and private collections in the UK and USA. She is a lecturer in Moving Image at the University of Brighton, and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art.

MA Fine Art (Distinction), Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2007

BA Fine Art, Bath College of Higher Education, 1995

Current & Recent Academic Teaching

2020 - 2021: University of Brighton: Lecturer, BA Moving Image.

2017 – 2020: Royal College of Art, London: Visiting Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities (MA & MRes Programmes).

2017: Bath School of Art & Design: Guest Lecturer (BA Fine Art).

Arts Council England, Grants For The Arts: Project funding - Forever Is Over Again, 2011.

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, USA: Fellowship, 2011.

Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, USA: Artist In Residence, 2009.

(2020) RCA Research Show: 2084, Royal College of Art, London.

(2019) Sp0re: Psychedelic Laughter, Platform Arts, Belfast.

(2019) ex text for something next, boxegallery.com

(2019) I Scared My Computer, White City Place, London.

(2018) Fort Process, Newhaven Fort, Newhaven, UK.

(2018) What's Your Location? Film Screening to accompany Get Out and Push!, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK.

(2018) David Roberts Art Foundation / Art Night, Film Screening, Village Hall, Battersea, London.

(2018) RCA Research Show: Flight Mode, Assembly Point, Peckham, London.

(2017) Stone Bodies, Red Sea: Judith Noble, Charlotte Prodger & Frances Young, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK.

(2016) Matter, Royal College of Art, London.

(2013) ARTE Video Night 5, ARTE TV (France / Germany) & Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.

(2013) Flatpack Festival 2013, Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK.

(2012) Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK.

(2012) Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece.

(2011) Residency Projects, Kala Art Institute & Gallery, Berkeley, CA, USA.

(2011) Loop Festival: Liminal Spaces, Underground L2, Plaza Universidad, Barcelona, Spain.

(2010) Changing Landscapes, Christie’s King Street, London.

(2010) ARTE Video Night 2, ARTE TV / FIAC 2010. Paris, France / worldwide broadcasts.

(2010) Volta 6, Basel, Switzerland.

(2010) Frances Young: Sites of Transition (solo show)Madder 139, London.

(2009) Sienna Shields | Frances Young (two-person show), Kuma Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

(2008) Future50, PSL, Leeds, UK.

(2008) Le:60 Film Festival, Lumen Eclipse, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, USA.

(2008) From Dusk Till Dawn, The Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London.

(2008) Anticipation: An Exhibition of London’s Best Emerging Artists, Selfridges, London.

(2007) ANIMAL, Lumen Eclipse, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, USA.

(2007) Future Map 2007, The Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London.

Frances Young: untitled / queeer lover (2020). Page-based artwork. Prova 5: RCA Arts & Humanities Research Journal 2020, pp. 130 - 131.

Frances Young: untitled (2018). Page-based artwork. Prova 4: RCA Arts & Humanities Research Journal 2018, pp. 252 - 253.

Frances Young: Signals, Owego (2009). Page-based artwork. Rattle, Issue 1, 2010, pp. 32 - 35.