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Student Showcase Archive

Emily Hale

MA work

MA work

The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase

The Unexpected Beautiful Phrase was a one day event which took place on 4 May 2019 at Nottingham Contemporary, which sought to articulate the tactics of a fugitive learning through a drop-in series of performative gestures. The fugitive, propose Stefano Harney and Fred Moten in ‘The University and the Undercommons’, occupies a space of perpetual contradiction, simultaneously within and beyond the institution: ‘on the stroll of the stolen life’, yet reliant on the institution as a place from which to steal.

Featuring performance, readings, sound and video works, this event asks: how can we be fugitive within the constraints of traditional educational models? How can illegibility generate new and disruptive vocabularies? What role does the body play in (un)learning?

This day-long programme included responses from the artists Rosa Johan Uddoh, Christopher Kirubi, Raju Rage, Holly Pester, Jules Sturm, Dorine van Meel, Department for International Dance Development (DIDD), and a film screening by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman.



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2019

  • Emily Hale is an artist and curator. She is concerned with socio-political issues, self-organisation, the digital turn, curating non-art spaces and interdisciplinary practices. Her dissertation ‘Artist in Residence: How do the guest/host relationships in live/work spaces reflect on those within the curatorial?’ explored the role of hospitality within exhibitions and residencies within domestic or lived spaces. Prior to her studies she has exhibited in Stryx, Birmingham and curated the Earlsdon Art Trail, Coventry (2016).

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Coventry University, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Too Much Information', Seventeen Gallery, London 2018; 'ArtBike', Coventry, 2017; 'Earlsdon Art Trail', Coventry, 2016