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Chloë Brown

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art


Summary

I am an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. 

I have a MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987). I have exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including three international biennials (Istanbul Biennial, Mardin Biennial and the British Ceramics Biennial). 

From 1995 to 2013, I was a member of The Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP) and in 2015 I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

About

I am an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. I have an MA in Sculpture from Chelsea College of Art, London (1994), and a BA in Fine Art from the University of Reading (1987) and have exhibited widely in Europe, the UK and the USA.

Using a range of media including film, sculpture, taxidermy, book works, and drawing, I explore various strands of research. In recent years I have been working on a series of what I term 'Soft Rebellions' in post-industrial cities, first in Stoke-on-Trent, then in Detroit and most recently in Sheffield. These take the form of a film or an event posing the question: ‘what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down but the people don’t?’ So far these 'Soft Rebellions' have involved dancing, eating, meeting and applauding in places where it is unusual to do so.

In the past I have developed research that focuses on animals and how they interact with humans, and vice versa, considering specifically the representation of animals in society and culturally. This led me to interrogate ideas of ‘the (extreme) North’, in particular in relation to the mythical place called Hyperborea, which further developed into work that questions the notion of the industrial ruin, architecture and extinction.

Finally, I have a longstanding connection to the field of artist’s publications and was a member of the Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP) until 2013.

  • Specialist areas of interest
  • Participatory practice
  • Post-industry
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Detroit
  • Sheffield
  • Northern Soul
  • Animal/ Human Studies

Specialist areas of interest

Post-industry
Post-industrial ruins
Northern Soul
Stoke-on-Trent
Detroit
Animal/ Human Studies

Teaching

Department of Art and Design

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Fine Art

Fine Art BA

Fine Art Studio 3

Research

A Soft Rebellion in Paradise (2018)

This short film is the result of a period of enquiry into the strong history of activism in Sheffield and became particularly focused on two elements: the importance of Paradise Square in the city as the site of political activism historically, and the loss, even silencing, of women’s voices both historically and contemporarily. The film seeks to directly highlight the silencing of women through an approach that is exclusively female (only women and people who identify as women took part in the filming and the production). On September 2nd 2018 a crowd of approx. 250 women gathered in Paradise Square to perform a number of ‘Soft Rebellions’, filmed by an all-female film crew.

A Soft Rebellion in Paradise was commissioned by Making Ways, a three-year initiative, developed and led by Sheffield Culture Consortium and funded by Arts Council England, to support visual artists in Sheffield. The brief was to develop and make a piece of public art for the city using a non-traditional approach and to work in a way that is participatory with the citizens of Sheffield.

Dancing in the Boardroom – since 2015

The project explores connections between the post-industrial cities of Stoke-on-Trent and Detroit, and asks what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down, but the people don’t? It aims to articulate an emotional response to post-industrial ruins and by bringing together seemingly unconnected things: people, places, music, and dance, it creates a friction that leads to new readings that have optimism, not despondency, at their core. 

Returns – since 2012

This is part of an on-going collaboration between Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Established in 2012, it formed out of an International Research Project titled 'Topographies of the Obsolete', initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; and initially focused on the disused Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

The aim of the research is to question the notion of the post-industrial. What began as a response to the ruins of industry has developed into a series of approaches that consider the remnants of industry in both Sheffield, Nottingham and beyond. 

Topographies of the Obsolete – since 2012

This is a collaborative project that both deepens and develops understanding of the post-industrial landscape with reference to the industrial ruin.

The project emphasises the use of site as ‘raw material’ through which participants organically develop individual approaches via experimentation and dialogue. 

Via a series of initial workshops and with the participation of cross-disciplinary artists/educators from a range of international institutions, the socio-economic histories, industrial architecture, and production remnants of the former historic Spode site at Stoke-on-Trent were explored. 

Animal Human – since 2010

This strand of research considers the representation of animals in society and culturally.

This strand of research considers the representation of animals in society and culturally. Through the work I ask how do humans interact with animals, how are animals displayed and how does our relationship with animals shape our understanding of them philosophically, culturally and socially? Using video and audio field recordings, I observe particular groups of animals in specific culturally loaded circumstances and edit the footage to create films that highlight my concerns.

Human/Animal

This strand of my research investigates a particular use of animals as substitutes for human experience, questioning notions of anthropomorphism and through this, narrative fictions. The resulting work makes specific references to animal characters found in children’s narratives, cartoons and films highlighting the use of the animal as a signifier of human emotion and experience. Through practice-based research using film, sound and sculptural approaches, I question the role of the animal in this exchange both ethically and morally, often employing taxidermy as a way of using the actual body of the animal to generate a narrative, engaging with specific ethical debates that surround this issue within the context of contemporary art and beyond.

Looking For Hyperborea (a search for a mythical North)

This strand of my research considers notions of ‘Northerness’, specifically that found in the most Northern parts of Norway above the Arctic Circle and revolves around Hyperborea, a place in Greek mythology behind the north wind, where the sun never sets.

Artists' Publications

I have long been involved in the field of artists’ publications and I am particularly interested in the impact that Sol LeWitt has had on the field. I was a member of the Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP) from 1995 to 2013 supporting the publication of artists book works and editions, disseminating these works, and pursuing debates relating to this area of practice through publications, symposia, conferences, workshops, and the annual Small Publishers Fair run by RGAP in Conway Hall, London each Autumn.

Dancing in the Boardroom
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Returns
Fine Art researchers at Nottingham Trent University: Andrew Brown, Joanne Lee, Danica Maier, Debra Swann and Christine Stevens.

Topographies of the Obsolete
The key collaborators are Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway (KHiB), the British Ceramics Biennial, and researchers from art academies from Norway, Denmark, Germany, USA, and UK (The Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Germany and Art and Design Departments at Nottingham Trent University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, Bucks New University, and Sheffield Hallam University).

Publications

Journal articles

Brown, C. (2018). Chloë Brown (featured artist). The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). https://www.asle.org/features/chloe-brown/

Brown, C., & Frank, E. (2008). 'Melancholic Taxidermy'. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, 7, 52-58. http://www.antennae.org.uk/

Conference papers

Brown, C. (2017). A Soft Rebellion. In Rust/Resistence: Works of Recovery, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA, 20 June 2017 - 24 June 2017. http://asle2017.clas.wayne.edu/

Brown, C. (2013). Looking for Hyperborea. In Sensuous Knowledge Conference, Bergen, Norway, 23 January 2013 - 25 January 2013. http://sensuousknowledge.org/

Brown, C. (2011). About dogs. In About Dogs, York University, York, 4 February 2011. http://www.york.ac.uk/crems/seminars-conference/events/2010-11/white-rose-animals/

Brown, C. (2010). Artists publications and the legacy of Sol LeWitt. In Artists Publications and the Legacy of Sol LeWitt, Sheffield Hallam University, Site Gallery, Sheffield. http://www3.shu.ac.uk/C3RI/NewsAndEvents.cfm?Action=ShowDetail&ID=46&ResCentre=CCRC

Book chapters

Brown, C., & Higgins Brown, G. (2020). The Soft Rebellions. In Brownsword, N. (Ed.) Topographies of the Obsolete: Phase Two: Rhizomatic Trajectories. (pp. 80-87). Stoke-on-Trent: Topographies of the Obsolete Publications: http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/21445

Brown, C. (2015). Dancing in the Boardroom. In Mydland, A.H., & Brownsword, N. (Eds.) Topographies of the obsolete: site reflections 2015. (pp. 28-35). Stoke-on-Trent: Topographies of the Obsolete Publications: http://topographies.khib.no/

Brown, C. (2011). Extinction Archive. In Westerman, J. (Ed.) Brutalist speculations and flights of fancy. (pp. 10-11). Sheffield: Site Gallery

Theses / Dissertations

Eccleshall, B.D. (2016). Reiterative drawing as translation : Making, resistance, and the negotiated encounter. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Mccarthy, P., Kivland, S., & Brown, C.

Artefacts

Brown, C. (2016). The Detroit Dinner Service - 36-piece dinner service. [Bone china].

Brown, C. (2015). From Alfred Street to Temple Street, Detroit. [Ink Drawing].

Brown, C. (2012). To Hyperborea. [HD video].

Brown, C. (2012). Things will never be the same again, and, A fragile happiness. [Mixed media]. http://www.anovabooks.com/

Brown, C. (2010). Gorilla Gorilla. [HD video]. http://www.lobeart.eu/

Brown, C. (2010). Dialogue-Panthera Leo. [HD video]. http://www.lobeart.eu/

Brown, C. (2010). The Hum. [HD video]. http://lobeart.eu/?paged=3

Brown, C. (2009). The Hyperborean. [HD video]. http://artsheffield.org/assets/sheffield-pavillion/

Brown, C. (2008). This Moment Here. [Installation]. http://blocprojects.co.uk/programme/exhibitions/2008/chloe-brown-this-moment-here/

Brown, C. (2006). They Abide and They Endure. [Mixed media, taxidermy]. http://www.animalgaze.org/

Brown, C. (2006). Dear One. [Video].

Brown, C. (n.d.). From Alfred Street to Temple Street, Detroit. [Ink Drawing].

Exhibitions

Brown, C. (n.d.). 'Tier-Perspektiven (Animal Perspectives)'. [Installation]. Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin. http://www.georg-kolbe-museum.de/2009/04/tierperspektiven/

Brown, C. (n.d.). 'Tier-Werden Mensch-Werden (Becoming Animal, Becoming Human)'. [HD video]. Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK). http://becoming-animal-becoming-human.animal-studies.org/html/video.html

Brown, C. (n.d.). The Animal Gaze. [DVD and installation]. London: Unit 2 Gallery, Unit 6 Gallery and Metropolitan Works at London Metropolitan University, venues in Plymouth inc. The Roland Levinsky Gallery. http://www.animalgaze.org/Archive.html

Brown, C. (n.d.). 'The Animal Gaze: The Videos'. [Video]. Sheffield Institute of the Arts Gallery, Sheffield. http://www.shu.ac.uk/sia/gallery/events/event.html?id=24

Brown, C. (n.d.). Sol LeWitt: Artist's Books. [Artists Publications, drawing, music]. Site Gallery, Sheffield. http://www.sitegallery.org/

Brown, C. (2008). RGAP. [Artists publications]. The End Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University.

Brown, C. (n.d.). Isola di San Michele. [HD video, watercolour studies]. Basement Gallery,Vienna, Austria. http://www.basement-wien.at/2011/04.html

Brown, C., & Lechleitner, I. (2011). The Hum. [HD video, drawing, sculpture]. Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield. http://www.shu.ac.uk/sia/gallery/events/event.html?id=25

Brown, C., & Lechleitner, I. (2011). The Hum. [HD video, drawing, sculpture]. Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield. http://www.shu.ac.uk/sia/gallery/events/event.html?id=25

Brown, C. (n.d.). AbbaraCadabra. [HD video]. Mardin, Turkey. http://www.mardinbienali.org/

Brown, C. (2009). The Sheffield Pavilion. [Video, book]. Istanbul. http://www.artsheffield.org/newsletters/bulletin/sheffieldpavilionhome.html

Brown, C. (2009). The Sheffield Pavilion. [Video, book]. Istanbul. http://www.artsheffield.org/newsletters/bulletin/sheffieldpavilionhome.html

Brown, C. (2010). Aller à Ouessant: Vidéo sur L’Île # 2. [Video]. Ouessant, Finisterre, France. http://www.asso-finisterrae.com/video-sur-ile2010.html

Brown, C. (2010). Aller à Ouessant: Vidéo sur L’Île # 2. [Video]. Ouessant, Finisterre, France. http://www.asso-finisterrae.com/video-sur-ile2010.html

Brown, C. (2011). International Seminar on Art and Nature. Goethe Institut São Paulo. http://www.seminarioartenatureza.com/

Brown, C. (n.d.). Mardin Biennial: AbbaraCadabra. [HD video]. Mardin, Turkey. http://www.mardinbienali.org/

Brown, C. (2012). All things bright and beautiful. 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/20-21/

Brown, C. (2009). Cross Cutting. [HD video]. Sierra Metro Gallery, Edinburgh. http://www.sierrametro.com/page24.htm

Brown, C. (n.d.). 'Susan Spinning' and 'Peter Spinning'. [Photographic Print]. 'The Broadcaster', two village notice boards, Waddington and Wellingore), Lincolnshire. http://www.the-broadcaster.co.uk/The_Broadcaster/The_Broadcaster.html

Brown, C. (n.d.). 'Susan Spinning' and 'Peter Spinning'. [Photographic Print]. 'The Broadcaster', two village notice boards, Waddington and Wellingore), Lincolnshire. http://www.the-broadcaster.co.uk/The_Broadcaster/The_Broadcaster.html

Brown, C. (2015). Returns. [Ink drawing, video]. Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent university, Nottingham. http://www.boningtongallery.co.uk/exhibitions/returns

Brown, C. (n.d.). Material Memory – the post industrial landscape as site for creative practice. [Video]. The Long Gallery, School of Art & Cultures, Newcastle University. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/fineart/research/conferences/

Brown, C. (n.d.). Material Memory – the post industrial landscape as site for creative practice. [Video]. The Long Gallery, School of Art & Cultures, Newcastle University. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/fineart/research/conferences/

Brown, C. (2016). Dancing in the Boardroom (exhibition). [2 x video, 1 x drawing]. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, (MOCAD), Detroit, U.S.A. http://www.mocadetroit.org/past-exhibitions.html

Brown, C. (2015). The Potteries, Friday Late at the V&A. [Video]. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd., London. https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

Brown, C., & Lee, J. (2016). In Return. Sheffield Institute of the Arts Gallery, Sheffield. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/sia/events/event-listing.html?event=188

Brown, C. (2019). DocFest Film Festival - film screening of A Soft Rebellion in Paradise. [Film]. Paradise Square, Sheffield.

Performances

Brown, C. (2016). The Detroit Dinner Service. Palestine Lodge, The Masonic Temple, Detroit Performance/socially-engaged event.

Media

Brown, C. (2019). A Soft Rebellion in Paradise. [HD video - single channel]. Sheffield Doc Fest

Brown, C. (2019). A Toast to Detroit. [Audio recording - 12-track vinyl LP record]. Soft Rebellion Records

Brown, C. (2017). The Clapping Piece. [HD Video]. https://vimeo.com/230828080

Brown, C. (2016). Dancing in the Street – soundpiece. [7” vinyl record, limited edition of 200].

Brown, C. (2016). Dancing in the Street. [HD Video]. https://vimeo.com/154508784

Brown, C. (2009). Sticky Knots. [HD video].

Brown, C. (n.d.). Dancing in the Boardroom (Turnin’ My Heartbeat Up). Bergen Academy of Art and Design: http://www.khib.no/norsk/aktuelt/2013/03/funding-to-artistic-research-project-exploring-post-industry/

Presentations

Brown, C., & Westerman, J. (2011). Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy. Presented at: Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK, 2011

Brown, C. (2011). Salon: Zoo. Presented at: Salon: Zoo - an art-science conversation, LoBe Project Space, Berlin

Brown, C. (2011). Salon: Zoo. Presented at: Salon: Zoo - an art-science conversation, LoBe Project Space, Berlin

Other activities

External examiner at

Oxford Brookes University – Fine Art BA (Hons)
Solihull College - Fine Art BA (Hons)
Hereford College of Art - Fine Art BA (Hons)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Reiterative Drawing as Translation: Making, Resistance, and the Negotiated Encounter
  • The neuroaesthetic uncanny: a filmic investigation of twenty-first century hauntology

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