Research title: Performing the artist: social media and expertise in cultural work
Karen's research is carried out with the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. She is looking at artists' use of social media, with a particular focus on expertise - how it can be defined and conceptualised, and how it is performed on social media platforms by artists.
Karen previously completed her BA and MA with the Birmingham School of Media, and also currently works in the Research, Innovation and Enterprise department at Birmingham City University, running the web and social media presence for Research.
- A day in the life of a postgraduate student - Karen shares her experiences on the PhD course
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Research title: To listen with open eyes: an investigation of non-homogeneous as a means of exploring the impact of listening-oriented attention on still images.
Alberto's PhD is carried out with our Centre for Fine Art Research. He is a painter investigating spatiality through pattern superimposition. He is interested in listening modality of attention and the way atmospheres are generated.
Alberto completed his BA and MA at Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Italy. He has exhibited his work in Europe and in the USA and has been artist in residence in Austria, Finland, Spain and the USA.
Research title: Romancing the #BritishLandscape: an investigation into 21st century aesthetics of sensing via digital transformation
Stuart's PhD is carried out with our Centre for Fine Art Research. He is looking at the Romantic tradition in British landscape art, but his research will also examine nature writing and digital systems such as the British Landscape Generator, produced by computer game developer Big Robot, to explore how it affects our perception of the world.
During the 1990s Stuart firmly established himself in the field of artists books and his bookworks are held in major public and private collections worldwide. A project at Grizedale Arts in 2002 and the award of a residency at a new BBC development in West London in 2004 saw him broaden his practice into the field of public art.
Research title: The political language of the Cousins' war
Tamara's research is carried out with the School of English.
Her PhD is mainly concerned with whether the language that can be found in a variety of different documents, from personal correspondence to royal declarations, reflects the power struggles taking place in the late 15th century, during the Wars of the Roses.
Tamara is from the Netherlands, and moved to Birmingham after gaining a place on the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership with Birmingham City University.