Programme: Art - PhD/MPhil

Start date: January 2016

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: The Descent of Significance: Slapstick as Method

Daphne de Sonneville is a practice-based PhD candidate at the Edinburgh College of Art (supported by the ECA Research Award 2016–19 and the Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarship 2017-18). Her work consists of written fictions, audio recordings, sculptures, videos, and performances. She received her BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and her MFA from Goldsmiths in London, where she was awarded the Book Works Award for Art Writing 2014.

In her research project The Descent of Significance: Slapstick as Method Daphne works with the idea of slapstick as a method, investigating how to employ slapstick as an editorial device. Moving across the registers of visual art and writing, she questions whether language can be a character in itself, what role this character takes on in a visual art context, and if the materiality of language is tragic.