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Dr Paul Goodfellow

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Paul Goodfellow is an artist with an interest in the application of systems and processes in the understanding of nature and art. With a background in environmental science, systems thinking and Media Art he is interested in the aesthetic and affective experience of information and the liminal spaces which emerge between the subject and its simulation in data. He employs surveying, data collection and image processing methods derived from Geography, Earth Science and Media Art into his art practice to explore spatial and temporal patterns which exist in both nature and information about nature.

Paul is the programme leader of the MA in Animation and teaches on a range of modules on both the BA and MA Animation degrees, with a particular emphasis on experimental, rule-based, live and real-time methods of research and production.

Paul Goodfellow

Paul Goodfellow’s current research explores how we have shifted our attention from a material engagement with the Earth to a primary engagement with systems which describe and simulate the Earth. He describes this shift in attention to secondary information as the Post-Systems Condition, which manifests as a deep longing or saudade for a lost nature. More broadly, he is interested in the systemic and relational ideas of Gilles Deleuze, Bruno Latour and Niklas Luhmann which emphasize process and how these ideas contrast with Graham Harman’s Object-oriented ontology which reasserts the independence of withdrawn objects.

Paul has presented his work at both conferences and exhibitions including ISEA (Istanbul), Transart Film Festival (Berlin), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei) and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle). He has published articles in Garageland, Arts journal and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of the research group The Cultural Negotiation of Science, and the international research network Substantial Motion.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Channelling the Unknown: Noise in Art Ecosystems, Goodfellow, P. 1 Mar 2022, In: Arts
  • Eerie Systems and Saudade for a Lost Nature, Goodfellow, P. 24 Sep 2019, In: Arts
  • Reframing the Horizon within the Algorithmic Landscape of Northern Britain, Goodfellow, P. 4 Sep 2019, In: Arts
  • Art as a Distributed Ecosystem: mapping the limits of systems-based art, Goodfellow, P. Feb 2018
  • A Machine Aesthetic, Goodfellow, P. 23 Nov 2014
  • Drawing in the Multiverse, Goodfellow, P. 24 Jan 2014, Realtime Visuals (RTV) Conference
  • LIFE/FORMS, Goodfellow, P. 10 Oct 2014
  • Mapping art to systems thinking, Goodfellow, P. 1 Apr 2014, In: Journal of Professional Communication
  • Painting the Pixel, Goodfellow, P. 11 Apr 2014

David Callaghan Technology and Live Audiences: Developing an Understanding Start Date: 01/10/2021

  • Art PhD March 26 2018
  • Animation MA October 06 1999
  • Geography MSc November 28 1992
  • Environmental Studies/Science BSc (Hons) July 05 1991

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