03 June 2011
Canterbury Christ Church University's Department of Media has hosted a very special two-week visit by US video artist Scott Rankin.
Scott Rankin and his video art work 'Path' (2003)
Mr Rankin visited the University as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, working with students and staff in the Department on a project that will explore theory-practice interchange in creative media production.
The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, and has been in existence for over 60 years. It allows US academics and professionals to teach, study and conduct research abroad.
Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in various fields.
Dr Andy Birtwistle, Practice-based Research coordinator for the Department said: “We were delighted to have Scott here, working with us on this project. The Department of Media is keen to develop its expertise in practice-based research, and to learn about the ways in which colleagues in the US think about the relationship between theory and practice in media production.”
The highlight of the project was a one day colloquium exploring politics, poetics and media practice, where Scott and members of the Department were joined by colleagues from University of Glamorgan, South Thames College, University of Salford, University of Huddersfield, Liverpool John Moores University, Queen Mary University of London, and University for the Creative Arts.
Scott shooting video at Dungeness
A number of workshops, seminars and screenings were also held during Mr Rankin’s visit, at which the artist presented and discussed his own work.
One of the outcomes of the visit was the establishment of a research network www.theory-practice.net, from which the University hope to develop collaborative research projects, looking at theory-practice interchange in creative media production.
Scott Rankin has been making video art since 1979, and his photographs, videotapes and installations have been exhibited internationally, and form part of numerous collections worldwide. His current work explores the physical sensations of the body as it moves through space and time.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.