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Student Showcase Archive

Frances Young

MPhil work

MPhil work

  • Compression-Expansion-Phasing

    Compression-Expansion-Phasing, Frances Young 2017
    Photographic animation / HD video. colour, stereo sound.
    04 mins 34 secs | Photographer: Frances Young

  • Holding & Not Holding

    Holding & Not Holding, Frances Young 2017
    Photographic animation / HD video. colour / b&w, stereo sound.
    03 mins: 57secs | Photographer: Frances Young

  • Now Is Not The Time For Magic

    Now Is Not The Time For Magic, Frances Young, with voice actor Nick Landrum. 2018
    HD video, colour with stereo sound. (Single channel)
    18 mins: 33 secs | Photographer: Frances Young

Between Movement and Stasis: Loops within the Durational

This research in moving image sets out to identify a place between movement and stasis within the loop as duration, at points where the analogue, digital, and virtual co-exist or merge – addressing a shifting relation between medium and temporal representation; and figuring the conflation of movement and stasis within the loop as a broader representation or expression of an ideological condition, examining this dialectic through practice-led enquiry. Through this enquiry, the project also engages with a changing relation between the photographic and moving image: exploring materiality, meta-materialities, and dematerialisation. I am asking:

How does the loop as a temporal mode persistent to the “contemporary condition” inflect the loop as a formal device or process-based method in film and video?

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

Informed by post-Marxist dialectical critical theory and “new materialist” methodologies, my project looks at the political force of the apparatus, and of cultural forms; and I consider moving image media in terms of technological mediation and media archaeology. I am proposing a diffraction of these theories towards a new understanding of the temporal and ideological conditions of the loop.

The research is led by a practice-based methodological framework in which different configurations of the loop act as a catalyst for theoretical writing, underpinned by case-studies of my practice in moving image. Juxtaposed with this, a reading of the loop through the work of other artist-theorists – via Formal / Structural filmmakers (1960s – 70s), to the Victorian proto-cinematic, and forward to the recent writing of Hito Steyerl – creates a temporal looping back and forth throughout the text.

Through this research I aim to create new terms which deal with the specificities of loops in particular contexts, through the practice of moving image, as an original contribution to knowledge. This contribution will take the form of a body of new work in moving image, and a written paper which proposes new readings of the loop form: outlining material, temporal, and ideological positionings of the loop from a contemporary, practice-based, viewpoint.



  • Frances Young
  • MPhil


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Arts & Humanities Research, 2015–

  • Frances Young is an artist and researcher whose practice has been based in moving image for over a decade. She has exhibited internationally, showing both single-channel screenings and installation-based, multi-channel works. Her approach to practice is a process-led investigation of temporal modes and rhythms, often in response to place / location and dislocation, utilising a variety and hybridity of recording media and processes with an interest in the conditions of materiality, dematerialisation, and meta-materiality that these processes reveal. Her work engages with liminal points between the still and moving, the interplay between image and sound, and a shifting relation between medium and temporal representation. 

    Her work is in the collections of David Roberts (London, UK); Gemeentemuseum, Helmond (Netherlands); University of the Arts London (permanent collection, UK); as well as private collections in the UK and USA.

  • Degrees

  • MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2007; BA Fine Art, Bath School of Art & Design, 1995
  • Experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, School of Arts & Humanities (MA Programmes), Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art Programme, Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa, 2017; Visiting Lecturer, Foundation Studies in Art & Design, Brighton College of Technology, 1997 – 1999
  • Exhibitions

  • What's Your Location?, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK, 2018; David Roberts Art Foundation / Art Night, Village Hall, Battersea, London, UK, 2018; Flight Mode, Assembly Point, Peckham, London, UK, 2018; Stone Bodies, Red Sea: Judith Noble, Charlotte Prodger & Frances Young, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, 2017; Matter, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; ARTE Video Night 5, ARTE TV (France / Germany) & Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013; Flatpack Festival, Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK, 2013; Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK, 2012; Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, 2012; Residency Projects, Kala Art Institute & Gallery, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2011; Seaside Film Trailer, LIDO, St Leonards, UK, 2011; Loop Festival : Liminal Spaces, Barcelona, Spain, 2011; Changing Landscapes, Christie’s King Street, London, UK, 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, UK, 2010; Sienna Shields / Frances Young (two-person show), Kuma Galerie, Berlin, Germany, 2009; 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, UK, 2008; Anticipation: An Exhibition of London’s Best Emerging Artists, Selfridges, London, UK, 2008; ANIMAL, Lumen Eclipse, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2007; Future Map, The Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, UK, 2007
  • Awards

  • Arts Council England, Grants For The Arts: Funding for project "Forever Is Over Again", 2011 – 2012.; Kala Art Institute Fellowship, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2011.; Artist In Residence, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, USA, 2009.
  • Publications

  • Prova 4: RCA Arts & Humanities Research Journal 2018, pp.252 - 253, (page-based artwork); Signals, Owego (2009): Rattle Journal, Issue 1, June 2010, pp.32 - 35 (page-based artwork)