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Verity Birt

MA work

Common Era, 2015

Multi-media installation, video to be viewed on 7" tablet monitor, portrait orientation.

Common Era is an ongoing project which considers the concept of history and the nature of temporal materialities. From video-collage of ISIS' iconoclastic acts of archaeological destruction, to manifestations of cosmic time in geological stratigraphy, Common Era seeks to rupture and resist the dominant pretexts and territories of time, and question what it is to be durational.


  • Verity Birt
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Painting, 2015



  • Verity Birt is an artist currently based in London. She completed her BA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths in 2011 and this year she is completing her MA in Moving Image at the Royal College of Art. 

    My work uses assemblages of moving image and sculpture to negotiate the fold between our physical and conceptual encounter with temporalities. I've worked collaboratively with academics, archaeologists and historians to question and challenge the territories of History in which time is socially embedded and re-presented. 

    This research has had particular poignancy during the recent destruction of historical artefacts by ISIS in Iraq, and more recently, their demolishing of the ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud, and imminently Palmyra. This act of levelling the stratigraphic record of events is not only radical, but also deeply unsettling as we witness a reconfiguration and reclaiming of historical agenda. This raises vital questions as we look again at our sites and monuments of ‘heritage’ and realise how precariously time is propped up and conserved within its fragile materiality. To whom does time really belong? How do we reclaim 'our' time? These are some of the important questions that my practice pursues.

    To read a full statement, please visit my website.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Art Practice & Critical Theory, Goldsmiths University of London, 2011
  • Experience

  • Assistant to artist, Jasmina Cibic, 2014; Assistant to artist, Mat Collishaw, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Common Bodies, East Street Arts, Leeds 2015; Utopia, Somerset House, London, 2015–16; Dimensions Variable, The Waiting Room Gallery, London, 2015; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London 2015; Reconfiguring Ruins, Museum of London Archaeology, London, 2015; Light/Matter, Cookhouse Gallery, London, 2015; What Was, Residency Exhibition, Skellefteå City Hall, Sweden, 2014; ACTUAL | VIRTUAL, Farringdon Factory, London, 2014; Chronovisor: Archive, South Kiosk Gallery, London, 2014; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Artist Residency and Exhibition, Farringdon Factory, London, 2013; Tomma Rum, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013; Progkunstfestival, Oslo, 2013 ; Goldsmiths Degree Show, London, 2011
  • Conferences

  • Panel member for a Symposium on Video Sculpture for ALT MFA INTERNATIONAL JAMBOREE at Guest Projects, London 2015