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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
  • ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ The Tenth Liverpool Biennial, July 14–October 28 2018, Campbell, D., Durden, M. 2 Jan 2019, In: Visual Culture in Britain
  • 'Artists Tips (number 10) included in the exhibition 'Public View', Campbell, D., Durden, M., Brown, I. 4 Feb 2017
  • The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life, Campbell, D., Durden, M. 15 Sep 2017
  • 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
  • Throwing Voices – Celebrity & the Attention Economy, Campbell, D., Brown, I. 16 Jul 2016
  • Jason Rhodes / Deviant Paths -The fetishism of Commodities and the Secret thereof., Campbell, D., Durden, M. 21 Apr 2015

PGR Supervision

  • David Blamey Start: 01/10/2017
  • Chris Evans Spastic Logic: Artwork as intervention in social relationships, formed in retrograde through writing Start: 05/04/2017
  • Laura Yuile Start: 01/10/2018
  • Erica Eyres Deadpan Comedy and Personal Narratives in Contemporary Art Start: 01/10/2015
  • Alex Frost Gh0stSpace: Living and Working Through an Ideology of Privatisation Start: 01/10/2016
  • Harriet Plewis Loving Attention. Towards a methodology of expanded reading: A performative case study in feminist pedagogy as exhibition practice Towards an expanded reading and writing practice: a performative case study in feminist pedagogy Start: 21/06/2016

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