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Student Showcase Archive

James Ravinet

MA work

MA work

  • Autonomy in the Anthropocene

    Autonomy in the Anthropocene , © Burnham Museum 2016
    Archive extract, END (Essex against Nuclear Dumping) protest of 1986

  • Autonomy in the Anthropocene

    Autonomy in the Anthropocene , © Burnham Museum 2016
    Archive extract, Bradwell Nuclear Power Station leaflet
    11.7 cm x 16.5 cm

  • Autonomy in the Anthropocene

    Autonomy in the Anthropocene, James Ravinet 2016
    Digital Print

  • Autonomy in the Anthropocene

    Autonomy in the Anthropocene , James Ravinet 2016
    Digital Video Still

  • Epitaphs of the Common Mud

    Epitaphs of the Common Mud , James Ravinet (YoHa, Critical Art Ensemble, The Arts Catalyst) 2015
    Installation view from 'Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone' at The Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science and Technology

Autonomy in the Anthropocene | Bradwell-on-Sea

Autonomy in the Anthropocene is an ongoing project specific to the geo-political context of Bradwell Nuclear Power Station, located at the mouth of the River Blackwater, Essex. It is principally concerned with the dichotomy of power generation methods attributed to this concentrated region and how, in effect, globalised nuclear culture is realised in a tangible and localised context through various interpretations of time, perspective and governance. 

In its first iteration as an accumulative visual archive, it presents nuclear culture in its broadest form in order to enquire upon the complexities of simultaneous and contradictory narratives that are gathered here in a representational space. This is with the intention to decentralise the role of the artist as author, and to work cooperatively. With this disparity in position, the project aims to consider various methods of resistance, critical dissemination, community and sovereign as a time specific response to the nomination of Bradwell within the UK government's new nuclear programme. 

With the longevity that this necessitates, the project will seek to work and implement itself in a socially embedded context, with particular emphasis on collaborative and cross-discipline initiatives. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Sculpture, 2016



  • I am keen to examine the value of a practice that can be heavily implicated in a sociopolitical context on the grounds of introducing art as a speculative form of inquiry or methodology. A significant element within this is the necessity to work collectively, across disciplines, and to destabilise the notion of authorship. This is in a bid to deter the representation of a critique that can be limited in its capacity to instate agency, or adopt change in the context of the field that it inquires upon.   

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2013 ; Fine Art Foundation Diploma, Byam Shaw School of Art, 2010
  • Experience

  • Digital content coordinator, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 2015–present; Documentation assistant, YoHa/The Arts Catalyst, Leigh-on-Sea, 2015 ; Intern, Icon Film Distribution, London, 2014 ; Co-curator, Migrating Origins, Temporary Arts Project, Southend-on-Sea, 2014; Gallery technician, Temporary Arts Project, Southend-on-Sea, 2013–14; Gallery internship, Regina Gallery London, London, 2011–12
  • Exhibitions

  • Howdy Chicago, RCA Shuttle Bus, London, 2016 ; Borrowed Time Film Screening, Jerwood Space, London, 2016 ; Notes from the Field: Commoning Art Practices in Art and Science, Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, London, 2016; Infinite Possibilities: Experimental Films About Science, Presuming Ed, Brighton, 2016; Web-driver Torso, Firstsite, Colchester, 2015; ScreenSaver, RCA Dyson Gallery, 2015 ; MONO, The Courtyard, London, 2015 ; Studio Shots, Firstsite, Colchester, 2015 ; RCA Secret, RCA Dyson Gallery, London, 2015 ; STUDIO, Temporary Arts Project, Southend-on-Sea, 2015 ; Work-in-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015 ; Show One, Light Eye Mind, London, 2013 ; Maniacal Juggler, Bombast, London, 2013 ; Liminal Space, Temporary Arts Project, Southend-on-Sea, 2013 ; Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London, 2013
  • Awards

  • Villiers David Travel Award, 2016
  • Conferences

  • Web-driver Torso, artist presentation with Warren Harper, Firstsite, 2015