Chris Hunt leads our Design for Theatre & Film course at UCA Rochester and he is particularly interested in the integration of theory and practice and the communication of ideas.
Artistic practice is an activity central to his personal and research interests and in 2008 he completed two large-scale (6.7m x 3m) commissioned paintings for the University of Kent, and had a solo show at a venue in London. In 2012 Chris was part of the 'Critical Narratives in Colour and Form' group show.
Recently, chapters he has written for Routledge's ‘Fifty Key’ series have come through readings of Heidegger, Levinas, Zizek and Deleuze and Guattari. His recent interest has been in the phenomenology of the face; the notion of faciality in understanding the ways in which painting (and film) are constructed; and the political and ethical dimensions therein.
He is interested in the ways in which theory (philosophy, critique) and practice can work within a dialectical relationship; crucial in this is an interest in Jacques Ranciere's notion that passive spectatorship does not negate the socially conscious in art, film and theatre, which in turn need not be relational in their aesthetic. Further to this, Chris is interested in Levinas' concept of radical passivity.
Chris has an MA Fine Art from Canterbury Christ Church University.
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