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Professor David Cotterrell - inaugural professorial lecture

Simulating the Sublime

Wednesday 9 June 2010
6 for 6:30pm
Furnival Lecture Theatre (F9130), Furnival Building, City Campus S1 2NU

To address his disappointment with the limitations of photographic and film reproduction of vast landscapes, David is referencing the work of aviation simulation companies to explore the use of immersive and collimated visualisation. At an early stage within a period of research funded by the Leverhulme, David will describe the initial investigation, the ambitions for the project and the potential difficulties of attempting to co-opt advanced technology within his practice.

David is an installation artist working across varied forms including video, audio, interactive media, artificial intelligence, device control and hybrid technology. His work exhibits political, social and behavioural analyses of the environments and contexts, which he and his work inhabit.

His work has been extensively commissioned and exhibited in North America, Europe and the Far East in gallery spaces, museums and the public realm. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Eastern Standard: Western Artists in China’ at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, ‘War and Medicine’ at the Wellcome Collection, London and Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden and ‘Map Games’ at the Today Museum of Modern Art, Beijing and Birmingham City Art Gallery. Work in development includes a large-scale project for The Forest of Dean, to be realised in summer 2010, a commission with Peckham Space, to be produced in 2011 and exhibition with Danielle Arnaud, London in 2011. He is currently developing a new body of work with the support of an Arts Council England fellowship and the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Research.

In 2007, David was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to travel to Afghanistan. David spent one month in Helmand province travelling to Camp Bastion, Lash Kagar and Sangin with the Joint Forces Medical Group and the Combat Medical Technicians of 40 Commando. David returned as a civilian to the North of Afghanistan with support from the RSA in May 2008 and subsequently, over a period of six months in 2009 the Department of Health enabled David to visit and document the continuing care pathway at Selly Oak and Headley Court.

Places are free but must be booked in advance.


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