Gillian Wylde

Job title
Senior Lecturer, BA Fine Art
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Gillian Wylde is an artist and researcher. She works mainly with video, performance, object and text. Central to her work is a critical engagement with new technologies, the mediated and the installed and simple interconnections of agency. Her works tend to get made in response to contexts of location and place, encounter and dialogue(s), ad-hocism, foraging and chance. Works comment on some of the social and political implications of new technology and practices, often challenging traditional ideas of the art object and means of production or productivity. 'Material things or stuff' in relation to the video camera, processes of appropriation and post-production are constants through most of the work - perhaps a savage smell or hairy logic.
Recent projects include: 'Queer, The Space' (2012) - a project inspired by the work of queer theorists such as Sara Ahmed (Queer Phenomenology) and Judith Halberstam (In a Queer Time and Place); and 'The Nabokov Project' (2013), an experiment in how to do and, perhaps especially, how to teach literary criticism today.

Work has been shown nationally and internationally including Transmodern Live Art Action Festival, Baltimore; Videotage, Hong Kong; Alytus Biennial, Lithuania; Tao Scene, Norway; Lounge Gallery, London; and CCA, Glasgow.     

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Video and film, the performative, projection, feminisims, installation, dirt, textual practices, bookworks, digital media, net art, nowotony, sculpture, trashure, animal magic, critical aesthetics, writing, sound, poor imagery, pop, glitch and noise, GIFs, petty conjectures of the queer, girl bands, failure and mistakology, collaborative activities, entanglements, things and stuff.  

Because low theory never needs to dispense with high theory, it merely takes up a different relation to it.

2012 'Aphoristic Reflections', On Sinéad O’Donnell’s Performance Work (peer reviewed), Total Art Journal
2011 'A Response to the Work of Artist Sinéad O'Donnell' commissioned by Artsadmin
2008 'Spaces of Palpable Memory: Somewhere between the cinematic AND the photographic' commissioned by Picture This
2004 'The Erotics of Horror/Libidinal Pleasures' commissioned by ACE  

Curatorial Projects
2012 These Will Attend You May, collaboration between Kurator, Highwire, Lancaster University, University College Falmouth, Exeter University

2012 Contexture Degree Show, Fish Factory/Boat Shed Falmouth Cornwall

2010 Collaboration between MA Visual Performance: Time Based Practices, Dartington (UK) and MA Live Art and Performance Studies, Theatre Academy Helsinki and Ptarmigan Art and Performance Space, Helsinki, Finland.
2010 The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow documentation of symposium, performances and exhibition in conjunction with Marina Abramović, and Plymouth Art Centre
2010 'Open Process', Dartington Art Gallery, Devon
2009 'Deferred Success', Dartington Art Gallery, Devon

2008 1.442.666 Steps, Dartington/Frankfurt, collaboration with Atelier Rafi Frankfurt, Germany & Dartington College of Arts, UK

Grants & awards
2010 Royal Holloway University Creative Campus Commission
2005-06 Live Art Development Agency Individual Artist Award
2004 Arts Council England Individual Artist Award
2002 Artsadmin Artists Individual Bursary Award    

Visiting Artist/ Mentoring:

Chapter Art Centre Cardiff (2013), Theatre Academy Helsinki (2011),
 York St John University (2010),
 South Hill Park, Bracknell (2007),
 University of Leeds (2005),
 University of Exeter (2005),
 Dartington College of Art, Devon (2000), 
Festival of Live Arts, Aarhus Denmark (2000), City and Islington College of FE London (1998-99)  

2013 Videotage, Hong Kong
2010 Bluecoat Gallery/Meta,l Liverpool
2007 South Hill Park, Bracknell
2006 Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway
2004 Artsadmin, London
2004  PVA Media Lab/Vivid Birmingham

Research topics

Critical Aesthetics

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Book Chapter

Wylde, Gillian (2004) It’sarealdeadringerforlove (a vile little piece of heart warming fluff). In: Here Are My Instructions. Gefn Press, London. ISBN 1902596285


Wylde, Gillian (2013) Percale Thrip. [Exhibition]

Wylde, Gillian, Dollimore, Tim, Whalley, Joanne and McKeown, Siobhan (2010) The Live Documentation Lab: The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow. [Exhibition] Item not available from this repository.

Wylde, G, Olsen, Redell, Worth, Libby, Livesey, Ruth and Milne, Drew (2010) The Lost Swimming Pool. [Exhibition]


Wylde, Gillian, Jeremiah, Emily and Williams, James (2012) Snakes & Funerals. [Media] Item not available from this repository.