Ed Whittaker

Senior Lecturer: Fine Art. Bath School of Art and Design.

MA [Goldsmiths College University of London].

Teaching Specialism:

The critical examination and analysis of aesthetic theory as a reflexive, critical medium of visual art practice.

Key Publications/Exhibitions/Performances:

2000; Correctional Facility Newark, New Jersey USA, Photographers Gallery London

2002; Les Cimetieres Allemands de la Grande Guerre; Historial, Peronne France.

2004; Open Secret . Imperial War Museum, London.

2006 Camera Constructs, A.v.A Gallery UEL, London.

‘Habitus and Exception in Dan Graham’s Alteration Project’in Nonsite to Celebration Park; Essays on Art and the Politics of Space, Ed Whittaker and Alex Landrum eds. Bath Spa University, Anthony Rowe 2008.

‘Art in the Age of Exception; Mark Wallinger’s Sleeper in Berlin’ in [R]Evolutions, Jennifer Craig and Warren Steele eds. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

‘Photography and the Subject of Architecture’ in Camera Constructs, Tim Wray and Andrew Higgott eds; Ashgate, London, 2012.

‘Notes Not (Re)Iterating Lawrence Weiner’ in Painting with Architecture in Mind, Ed Whittaker and Alex Landrum, eds. Bath Spa University, Wunderkammer Press 2012.

Private Collections in U.K and Europe.
Arts Council Collection
Imperial War Museum

Current Scholarship:

I am 0.5 Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Sion Hill and currently module leader for MFA ‘Aspects of Contemporary Art’ modules. I also have tutorial responsibility for an allocation BA years 2 and 3 students.
I teach across all media. My emphasis in pedagogy is studio teaching but I do not see theoretical and critical methodologies as separated from that.I firmly believe that cultural production (including ‘fine’ art) has political and ideological ramifications and that it is the task of the student to challenge and reinvent these parameters for themselves. I see my work here, which I thoroughly enjoy, as an agency in this process.
My interest in art and aesthetics is in European modernism, American post modernity (minimalism and conceptual art).I am interested in current models of so called globalisation in visual art and the phenomenon of cultural capital overcoming productive commodity capital. My own practice has been on hold for the past few years owing to doctoral research in the School of Architecture at the University of East London where I am researching into the history and philosophy of architectural photography.
I am continuing to publish my research. Recently I have been co-editor of the book to be published by Wunderkammer Press 2012, ‘Painting with Architecture in Mind’which includes essays by Eric Alliez,John Rajchman, Mark Pimlott, Catherine Ferguson and Bernice Donszelman among others.
My writing is also featured in an important new book published by Ashgate and edited by Tim Wray and Andrew Higgott, ‘Camera Constructs’ (2012) which is about the photography of urban sites. My essay on subjectivity and architectural photography sets out my research concerns that have formed the basis for my doctoral research. My Doctoral paper was accepted on 30th January 2013.

External Examiners:

Senior External Examiner, School of Art, Design and Media, University of Sunderland 2000-2005.

Other External Roles:

Media contributions:

Empty Architecture; Inventory Vol.3 no. 3 January 2002

Lisa le Feuvre, Ed Whittaker’s German Cemetery Photographs. Conference paper (+abstract), Representation and Mourning, Arnolfini, Bristol 2003

Conference paper: ‘From Panopticon to Heterotopia; Foucault and the Photography of Architecture’, Congress CATH, University of Leeds, Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, 2004

Conference paper: ‘Heterotopia and the Camera of Reason’; Photoforum, ‘Spatial Practices’, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone, 2005.

Chair, ‘Moving through Buildings’ panel discussion, Photographer’s Gallery, London June 2005.

Camera Constructs, Conference at University of East London, Docklands Campus, Conference paper, ‘Photography and the Subject of Architecture’.

‘Perfect Vehicles’, Occupations/Negotiations, University of Brighton, June 2009.

Convener (with Alex Landrum) Research Colloquium, Painting with Architecture, Corsham Court, Bath Spa University. October 2009.

Associate Lecturer Fine Art
School of Architecture and Art University of East London.

Recent Professional Updating:

Currently undertaking doctoral research in the School of Architecture, University of East London.

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