The TVAD Research Group, based in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, researches relationships between text, narrative and image. We publish books, journal articles, host a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, Writing Visual Culture (previously Working Papers on Design) and host events including international conferences.
I have previously presented work in progress from this project at my TVAD talk back in March and the feedback from this presentation helped develop this project further into an installation format that brings together a a collaborative, open-access knowledge base of artist-led spaces and the publication 'The Nomadic Studio' in an interactive setting. The display is designed by installation artist Claudia Djabbari.
A more detailed post will follow soon after the exhibition opens.
CITIES METHODOLOGIES is an annual exhibition and programme of events showcasing innovative methods of urban research from across UCL and the wider urban research community.
ARCHIVES OF THE ARTIST-LED is a collaborative, free and open-access database of shared knowledge on historic and current artist-led spaces or projects that anyone can contribute to. It is an attempt to map the trajectories of these crucial contributions to contemporary culture and the urban experience, as well as to preserve knowledge on initiating and successfully maintaining such projects – and make it accessible for everyone.
Initiated by Michael Heilgemeir as a companion to the publication ‘The Nomadic Studio – Art, Life and the Colonisation of Meanwhile Space’ it is developed in collaboration with Mo Hoffmann Studios. If you would like to contribute and add an artist-led project to ‘Archives of the Artist-led’ you can simply create an account on archivesoftheartistled.org and start editing.
‘THE NOMADIC STUDIO — ART, LIFE AND THE COLONISATION OF MEANWHILE SPACE’ is a publication of photographs and texts by Michael Heilgemeir which together form an enquiry into the role of the artist studio within processes of re-development in cities today, and portray the spirit of an artists’ commune working in temporary urban sites. Operating as case study, this photographic perspective encompasses a set of vignettes, reflections, facts and fantasies extracted from the lifeworld of a transitional artist-led community in Bermondsey, South London and its 18 months in creative habitation of a complex of defunct council premises. In light of this narrative the publication also revisits the rarely told historical experience of autonomous artist spaces and their sociopolitical implications through a series of new texts and interviews with contributors Mike Nelson, Jonathan Harvey, Ron Henocq and Fran Cottell. Capturing the nature of such transient spatial interactions, The Nomadic Studio explores and highlights a vital cultural tradition of experimentation and freedom within the increasingly precarious urban zone and the extent to which these temporary artist-run spaces — despite their importance within contemporary culture and the city — are often forgotten.