Harry Weeks is a Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, whose research interests include; participation, collaboration and social engagement in contemporary art; the politics of contemporary art; twentieth-century art history; theories of community; Eastern European contemporary art. He is currently working towards his thesis, which is entitled ‘A Unique Epochal Knot: Negotiations of Community in Contemporary Art’ and examines the ways in which contemporary art has contributed to a rethinking of the concept of community since 1989.
His recent research outputs include: ‘Capital, Control, Community’ for the book To The Reader, edited by Benjamin Fallon and published by BAK in late 2013; ‘Atemporal Community’ for the ‘You are Just in the Middle of the Beginning’ curatorial project, led by Benjamin Fallon, delivered as part of CuratorLab, Stockholm in 2013; ‘In the Midst of a Thriving Community’ for Kernel Panic Control, published in 2012; ‘Re-cognizing the Post-Soviet Condition: The Documentary Turn in Contemporary Art in the Baltic States’, published in Studies in Eastern European Cinema in 2010. He curated the Reading Room for ECONOMY, held at CCA, Glasgow and Stills, Edinburgh in 2013, and recently convened the symposium ‘The Exhibition and its Histories’ and the research workshop ‘The Avant-Garde: A History, a Theory, a Politics’, both hosted by the University of Edinburgh in 2013. A chapter entitled ‘Ethics in Public’ features in the forthcoming book Interactive Contemporary Art: Participation in Practice, to be published by IB Tauris in early 2014 and edited by Kathryn Brown.
‘From Dematerialisation to Participation: Art since 1960’ (4th year/Senior Honours - Co-taught with Victoria Horne)