Dr Barbara Bolt is a practising artist and art theorist and Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture at the Victorian College of Arts at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her publications include two monographs Art Beyond Representation: The Performative Power of the Image (2004) and Heidegger Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (2011) and four co-edited publications, Material Inventions: Applying Creative Arts Research (2014), Carnal Knowledge: Towards a “New Materialism” through the Arts (2013), Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry (2007) and Sensorium: Aesthetics, Art, Life (2007). She is an ambassador for the cause of artistic research through her work on governing and editorial boards—The Society for Artistic Research, Studies in Material Thinking, Adelaide Central School of Art, Goldsmiths Press, Visual Methodologies and Studio Research. She is a member of the International Reference Group GEXcel International Collegium for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, and COST New Materialisms network on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter.”
The Phasmid residency affords me the opportunity to extend my work on expressions of urban alienation and identity. The project is concerned specifically with picturing relationality in transitional places in urban spaces—building sites, tram and train stations, parks and swimming pools—spaces of alienation as well as of possible connection. Working across digital and analogue platforms, “light” becomes key formal element in figuring psycho-social relations.