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Steven Scott

PhD Work

The Visible Act of Seeing

This research project is derived from an ongoing series of works that adopt visuality as both subject and process, and as such may reveal elements of the reflexive relationship between artwork and viewer.

The initial stages of the project will involve the identification and refinement of a series of strategies of reflection that inform and re-inform studio practice. From this point work will be generated that foregrounds interrelationships of temporality with visuality and presence; enhanced and refined through regular textual interrogations. The project begins with a series of simple, contiguous questions devised to identify a solid starting position;

Is the process of engaging with representation inherently temporal? If so can this process be ‘slowed’ to the point that certain mechanisms of perception become identifiable?  Might one be able to ‘see oneself in the act of seeing’ an image?

An initial premise of the research is that processes of perception can be defined as a series of temporal stages: Retention, Immersion and Protention, something originally posited by Husserl and later developed by Merleau-Ponty. They believed that such processes are always embodied, and that there can be no self enclosed and singular ‘view from nowhere’. Work produced as part of this research project will also incorporate Ranciere’s notions of ‘image alterity’, and engage with what Deleuze identifies as the ‘movement-image’ as a means of positioning the condition of the image as both representational vehicle and material presence in a cyclical dialogue with that of the viewer.

The research process will involve periods of predominantly textual analysis that utilise the written and spoken word, which will in turn lead to a re-emphasis of the production of ideas that arise in the studio ‘silently’, temporarily removed from a direct utilisation of the discursive word. Such complimentary phases of production will not quite exist in binary opposition in that ultimately neither can be a pure state of engagement, incorporating inevitably the root of one set of conditions in the application of the other.


  • Steven Scott
  • PhD


    School of Arts & Humanities


    Print, 2011–

  • Steven Scott studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic Nottingham and Middlesex University. He utlises strategies that incorporate moving image, photography, projection, print and text to explore experiences of visuality, repetition, phasing and stasis. Previous works have involved the development of spatial representations of interactive narrative and meta-narrative forms and video projections that foreground the retinal afterimage. He has exhibited widely across the UK and Europe.