Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, curator and academic and teaches at Central Saint Martins, University of Lincoln and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His practice plays with the parameters of contemporary art that draw attention to the performative and the participative within an art historical vernacular and seeks to interrogate how we may construct meaning between politics of space and the politics of artist/performer/protagonist articulated through visual and verbal languages. Interruption was the subject of his doctoral thesis and Campbell’s performative artworks often contain interruptive processes in order to provoke.
During his residency at Metal in Southend on Sea, Lee will focus on an area of contemporary art practice relating to how practitioners have not only made works that go beyond pure visual sensation but are wholly dedicated to non-visual aspects, often prioritising the haptic, orality, sound elements and other sensory components. By deploying acts exploring visual impairment and blindness, Campbell aims to generate public pedagogy of what it may mean to experience interrupted/removal of sight. Campbell hopes to engage local audiences in further acts of visual deprivation in order to tease out more as to what it may mean to deploy VI in order to instigate a temporal unheimlich world by furthering his usage of performative pedagogy and technology. Written and practical outputs of his residency will be put forward to support his argument that never has there been a time in which the meanings of access are broadened via technological mediation. To kickstart his residency, Campbell is curating Sight (Un)Specific at Metal, Southend in October 2016.