Dr Francis Summers

Senior Lecturer/Contextual Studies Tutor, UCA Rochester

Academic, School of Fine Art | Photography and Visual Communication

Dr Francis Summers is a senior lecturer in critical theory at UCA Rochester. He graduated with BA (Hons) from Wimbledon School of Art, London having studied fine art. He then went on to study an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, London.

Francis completed his PhD at the Royal College of Art in 2014 with the project: Compulsions to Enjoy: Appropriation and Time Based Art. He works at UCA in the Photography department, teaching across BA and MA contextual studies. Francis is interested in thinking about ways to explore photography as both a formal image-making technology and a communicative tool that cuts across a number of fields of social and aesthetic practice.

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

As committee member of the artist-run organisation Five Years, Francis recently facilitated Steve Klee’s Too Prolix: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2015), an exhibition documenting a performative re-enactment of the language of class struggle during the 18th century in Chatham Dockyards,

He also facilitated a collaborative writing project as part of the recent exhibition Five Years: The Dirty Subject, a collective text on money and rent (2016).

Francis works in collaboration with Louisa Minkin, with recent pieces A is for front line (Parking Lot magazine, 2016) and Common Conduct (recently shown as part of the Atomic Pictures video programme in Paris, 2015). They are currently working on a project entitled Dead End, a project incorporating articles, poems, digital videos and gifs, a project that visits the image dump of online virtual game worlds to engage with the communities of griefers who dwell there.

Research Outputs

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