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Job title:

Senior Lecturer in Art

Role:

Director of Postgraduate Research in Art; Programme Director, PhD Art

Office:

Main Building, K.04

Biography

Kristin Mojsiewicz is an artist and lecturer. She has been a co-director of Brass Art since 1999 - a collaborative arts practice with Chara Lewis (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Anneke Pettican (University of Huddersfield).

Through extended collaborations with Spencer Roberts (University of Bournemouth), Monty Adkins (University of Huddersfield), Alistair MacDonald (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Annie Mahtani (University of Birmingham), Brass Art have produced a series of immersive artworks directly responding to the creative spaces of writers, including the Brontë’s, Sigmund Freud and Virginia Woolf. The most recent of these 'this voice; this life; this procession' forms the core of major solo exhibition at HOME, Manchester until September 2024.

Mojsiewicz is co-lead of the Creative Arts & Design Discipline+ Catalyst for Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and external examiner for the MA Fine Art Programme at LICA, Lancaster University. She is an international committee member / selector for xCoAx, and an Edinburgh Futures Institute research affiliate.

The distinct dimensions of Brass Art’s collaborative work are reflected in membership of research groups for speculative practices: Futurity / Society / Action (ECA), Centre for Experimental Practices (UoH), and Art & Performance research hub (MMU); for contemporary approaches to cultural heritage: Hepworth Research Network, (The Hepworth, Wakefield; University of Huddersfield; University of York), Memory & Matter research cluster (MMU); the transdisciplinary: Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture, and technological mediation: The New Real research group (Edinburgh Futures Institute & Edinburgh College of Art).

Brass Art website

Teaching

Kristin Mojsiewicz teaches at UG, PGT and PGR level in Art.

She is an experienced supervisor, reviewer and examiner of doctoral students, particularly in practice-based research. She also contributes to the Research Methods component on the doctoral programmes in Art and Design.

Mojsiewicz has previously taught on UG courses in visual culture, sculpture, drawing practices, and time-based media.

Prior to her employment at ECA she has taught UG and PG students at a range of institutions, including: Sheffield Hallam University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Grays School of Art, and the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Research

Mojsiewicz completed a practice-led doctorate in 2009 entitled 'Investigating disorientation through the adoption of role-play in contemporary fine art practice'.  She is currently researching an expansion of the ideas and key locations in Eastern Europe, speculatively titled Fugitive Fictions, which sit at the centre of the thesis. Some of this research forms a chapter Drawing at the Edge of the Map: Legenda, for forthcoming Bloomsbury publication Drawing as Placemaking: Environment, History and Identity (2024)

Her solo video work has screened at: Arsenals Riga, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Kunsthalle Vienna, Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art Normandy, Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, Kölnischer Kunstverein Cologne, and international film festivals.

Her research interests include: role-play and the navigation of space, fugitive identities, surrogate landscapes, filmic disorientation, 3D body scanning technologies, new media archaeology, sculptural installation, and moving image work.

Brass Art have built a practice over more than 25 years which has collaboration at its core and extends to include other practitioners and specialists. Their practice is situated in the overlapping areas of drawing, sculpture, audio-visual installation and moving image work. Through deliberate misuse of both digital and analogue light-based technologies, they explore the creative and performative potential of 3D bodyscanning technology, 3D rapid prototyping, and Kinect on-range scanning to create digital shadowplays and sculptural ‘doubles’. These light-based methods are used to leave no physical trace in heritage or protected spaces, and the resulting artwork can ‘open’ inaccessible spaces to audiences through performance events or virtual means. Previous research partners have included: Manchester University Museum, The Bill Douglas Collection, Bronte Parsonage, The Freud Museum London, Monk’s House, and Chetham’s Library.

As part of their ongoing research into a ‘vital’ uncanny, Brass Art convened a one-day symposium Folds in Time: artists responses to the temporal and the uncanny with invited participants Lindsay Seers, Patricia Allmer, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Artangel, Alison Rowley, Pavel Pys, Rebecca Fortnum, Rachel Withers and Daniel Silver at the Freud Museum in 2015.

Current PhD students

Leanne Bell Gonczarow

On reflection: the politics and poetics of light on a warming world. A practice-based investigation in the expanded photography field.

Sinéad Kempley

Fictioning waste and wasting: thinking through deceleration and dead ends in mythopoetic installation and moving image

Qri Kim

The study of Korean Comfort Women’s Haan through The Practice of Korean Monochrome

Rosa Santibáñez

Art and Social Movements: Protest Art in the Chilean student movement of 2011-2013

Xutong Yuan

Decolonizing Space and Memory: The Tianjin Concessions' Story

PhD Supervision Topics

  • navigation of space
  • fugitive identities
  • surrogate landscapes
  • filmic disorientation
  • 3D body scanning technologies
  • new media archaeology
  • sculptural installation
  • moving image work
  • collaborative practice

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