Friday 21 October 2016
Lecture Theatre SB42
Garthdee House Annex
Gray’s School of Art
Robert Gordon University
Aberdeen AB10 7QD
Verity Birt is an artist based in London. She completed her MA in Painting and Moving Image at the Royal College of Art in 2015 and received her BA in Art Practice at Goldsmiths University in 2011. Previous exhibitions include: Chemhex Extract, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen/ Feeling Safer, IMT Gallery, London and New York/ Come to Dust, Generator Projects, Dundee/ X 308: Space, Site and the Screen, Focal Point Gallery Big Screen, Southend on Sea/ SUMP, Project Number Gallery, London/ Teleonomy, Cafe Oto, London.
Verity’s interest is in the encounter of time (cosmic and human) through history, archaeology, folklore and mythology. Through scrutinising this encounter, she challenges and interrogates historiographical agenda to open up collective narratives from the voices of many, mobilizing imagination, memory and myth. She uses sculpture, sound and moving-image to create a threshold into multiple durations and infinite narratives and most importantly, allow a space in which we might critically reflect on the present, and empower practices and epistemologies which have been historically suppressed and eradicated.
Verity is currently involved with a research group based in London called ‘The Future is a Collective Project’ which critically challenges ideas of future ‘Accelerationism’, ‘Post-humanism’ and ‘Prometheanism’ through considering marginalized ideas and suppressed practices of the past. Through this, the group examine what is missing or ignored in the present, and propose possible sustainable futures that are thought from the position of difference.