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Prof David Campbell


Department: Arts

As the founding member of the collaborative art group Common Culture I exhibit internationally; our practice includes the production of video, photography and sculpture and text based work. I’m interested in how issues of taste, class and notions of national identity are negotiated through the transaction of commodities within British popular culture and how this can be critically explored through art. Often our work appropriates familiar cultural conventions to mobilize comedic collisions between venerated and vernacular forms of cultural experience in an attempt to unsettle habitual patterns of consumption.

Recent video projects have involved collaborations with stand-up comedians, bouncers and soap opera ‘actors’ to explore the performance of labour and its consumption as entertainment. This work is framed by a long standing interest in how a sense of the ‘local’ is experienced in a culture often determined by remote global forces, and this thematic is also developed in my writing on contemporary art’s relationship to commodity consumption in co-authored texts and curatorial projects with Mark Durden. 


History of Art MA June 30 1983

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life, Campbell, D., Durden, M. 15 Sep 2017
  • 'Artists Tips (number 10) included in the exhibition 'Public View', Campbell, D., Durden, M., Brown, I. 4 Feb 2017
  • Common Culture Cabaret, Campbell, D., Durden, M., Brown, I. 16 Jul 2016
  • Double Act: Art & Comedy, (MAC, Belfast), Campbell, D., Durden, M. 6 May 2016
  • Double Act: Art and Comedy, Campbell, D., Durden, M. 1 May 2016
  • I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, 'I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On- Dave” in the exhibition Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore the Absurdity of Life, Campbell, D., Durden, M., Brown, I. 6 Feb 2016
  • Transit, Campbell, D., Durden, M., Brown, I. 11 Sep 2015
  • Public Domain - Binge, Campbell, D., Durden, M., Brown, I. 4 Jun 2015
  • Jason Rhodes / Deviant Paths -The fetishism of Commodities and the Secret thereof., Campbell, D., Durden, M. 21 Apr 2015, BxNU Symposium: Jason Rhodes / Deviant Paths
  • On the Use of Comedy in Art as a Form of Social Critique., Campbell, D., Durden, M. 17 Jan 2015, Politics and Humour: Theory and Practice

PGR Supervision

  • Laura Yuile Start: 01/10/2018
  • Erica Eyres Deadpan Comedy and Personal Narratives in Contemporary Art Start: 01/10/2015
  • Alex Frost Start: 01/10/2016
  • Harriet Plewis Towards an expanded reading and writing practice: a performative case study in feminist pedagogy Towards an expanded reading and writing practice: a performative case study in feminist pedagogy Start: 21/06/2016
  • Chris Evans Spastic Logic: Artwork as intervention in social relationships, formed in retrograde through writing Start: 05/04/2017
  • David Blamey Start: 01/10/2017

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