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Charles Danby

Assistant Professor

Department: Arts


ADSS Charlesdanby Facultystaff 255

Charles is on the board of NABROAD (Norwegian Collaborative Organisation For Contemporary Art Abroad) (2012-). He curated an exhibitions programme for choreographer Siobhan Davies at her London studios 2009-12, was editor of Tanks Programme Notes 2012 for Tate Modern, and assistant editor of Miser & Now Magazine 2009-11.

I work collaboratively with the artist Rob Smith and with the collective NEUSCHLOSS. I work across painting, photography, film, object construction, writing and curation. Underpinning my work is an interest in live event structures. I am interested in division, doubling and transformation as intellectual paradigms and drivers for the material and compositional construction of a surface, image or object. Works are informed by speculative architecture, often in relation to remote landscapes, and by tensions arising between and across material technologies - the low-fi, the digital. In working directly with land sites, the human and non human, I'm interested in distributed and connected historical, social, political and ethical narratives, most recently through excavated quarries and future islands. Works seek to unravel and reframe propoals and actions central to British Land Art activities of the 1960s/70s, understanding evolving media technologies, altered relationships to site, and new conceptions of document and archive (The Quarry, 2013 / Revisiting the Quarry 2014). 

I am working with PEAK to develop new work in 2016 and 2017.

A principal research interest is the examination of the emergence of experimental film practices from painting practices in Britain through the expanded cinema of the 1960s/70s, the (re) emergence of experiential moving image practices in the mid 2000s, and the impact and relevance that these second generation de-politicised practices have to new forms of discurisve practice and an idea of ultra-expanded cinema.

My work also explores discurisve exhibition making and curatorial practice, most readily through group contexts, where I am interested in parallel or concurrent articulations of content, leading from exhibition through channels of broadcast, live event and publishing (Epilogues: It Started With A Car Crash, 2011, Animated Environments 2011-12, Grand National - Art From Britain, 2010). I am particularly interested in questions arising through curatorial presentation that complicate relationships between artworks and the temporary environments in which they operate. My projects often explore contexts of British art practice, re-presentation, and speculative narratives.

My published writing includes feature articles, catalogue essays, and extended commentaries on a range of artists and contemporary art practices. I have worked for Tate Etc, was assistant editor for Miser & Now Magazine 2009-11 and editor of Tate's Tanks Programme Notes 2012, accompanying the Tanks: Art in Action progarmme exploring new time-based live art spaces for film, installation, performance and events.



  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Limelight: Granular, The Material Properties of Noise, Danby, C., Smith, R. 27 Jan 2018
  • Limelight: Postcards From The Anthropocene, Unsettling
The Geopolitics
 of Representation, Danby, C., Smith, R. 24 Jun 2017
  • Limestone Microphone Apparatus, Danby, C., Smith, R. 24 Jun 2017
  • Limestone Player Apparatus, Danby, C., Smith, R. 24 Jun 2017
  • Limelight: Cardiff Contemporary & Llangattock Lime Kiln, Danby, C., Smith, R. 19 Nov 2016
  • Limelight: Polyspace, The NewBridge Project, Danby, C., Smith, R. 17 Dec 2016
  • Limelight Apparatus, Danby, C., Smith, R. 15 Sep 2016
  • Limestone/Hum/Server Apparatus, Danby, C., Smith, R. 11 Nov 2016
  • Parallel Cipher, Danby, C., Smith, R. 29 Jan 2016
  • The Legalities of Authenticity 
and Performance Art, Brown, J., Danby, C. 10 Jun 2016, Collecting and Conserving Performance Art

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