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Duncan Lawford

MA work

Still Radical


A conjunction of stuck and lonely psyches. 

At the crux of the installation is a weaving of particular human anxieties into separate yet related narratives. Explored are questions of self-authenticity as a functional and impressionable entity and the obligatory being-bound to uncontrollable and unknown consequences of action. 

Several characters fraught with senses of distrust, frustration, subordination and inhumanness are forced to navigate their burdens in uneasy spaces that amplify pained self-awarenesses.

Still Radical seeks to reductively condense and confront the experience of the human as representative of fleshy, experiential and modifiable parameters and variables in today's digital landscape; humanness diminishes, an ever-vanishing vestige of days gone by. 




Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2017

    Specialism

    movingimage

  • At the crux of my practice are questions steeped in anxiety. They are triggered by the progressively shifting boundaries between man and machine, pertaining to how we process data and emotions – ultimately how the mind reads itself. 

    These questions are transposed away from technological intervention and relocated in the context of performed fictional characters. These characters often remain nameless and are heavily scripted entities which are most frequently expressed through moving image or standalone text. 

    As the characters orate they will make reference to the degree to which they believe themselves to be scripted or designed, often responding with a manifestation of abject refusal. In this way, the notion of the script assumes a position of irony. 


  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, University of Reading, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Degree Show, University of Reading, Reading, 2015; INTERIM, University of Reading, Reading, 2015; 178, University of Reading, Reading, 2014; 213, University of Reading, Reading, 2014
  • Publications

  • Binary Relapse, Arc#20, London, 2016