My research encompasses live art, philosophy, drawing, David Bohm's 'Dialogue' and social sculpture. I am interested in the relationship between critical thinking and human agency in everyday life particularly when it is risked through the figure of ‘the artist’ (where what constitutes an artist is broadly conceived and not exclusive to art school training). Recent public works have been staged at Halle G, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tate Britain (working under the umbrella of ‘The Emily Davison Lodge’ with Olivia Plender) and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
My art practice explores art as a species of philosophical agency, invested first and foremost in the task of radical thinking. But this does not mean I abandon making for writing, my passion here is how such thinking forms new types of subjects, uses of artistic mediums and behaviours for the artist. My practice is necessarily wide ranging - incorporating live art, drawing, sculpture, writing, lens based media and David Bohm’s Dialogue. I choose to operate in my own mind via ‘HRH.the’ (a conceptual persona), an intellectual and fantastical strategy by which I navigate my complex relationship to the world. My overall stance is perhaps contentious in that, for me, art is not viewed as a straightforward tool of communication, more as a complex kingdom that is continually attempting to establish itself through human thought and action. Specific areas of current research include the relationship between art and philosophy (between abstract thought and matter-lived experience), the suffragette as a militant artist (imagination and the political voice), the figure of the artist as an experimental site of radical subjectivity (extending to the art school as a creative laboratory for a ‘people yet to come’) and the relationship of drawing to performed event (including the event of thought). Research informed teaching is important to my practice and I lead Dialogue Groups in Sheffield Hallam University Fine Art Department (with Helen Blejermann) and have developed various innovative participatory extra-curricular platforms for learning through action-performance (in particular ‘The 24 Hour Origin of the Work of Art Lecture’). I also collaborate with Olivia Plender under the umbrella of ‘The Emily Davison Lodge’ and am a member of the international research group Performance Philosophy.
The relationship between art and philosophy, David Bohm’s Dialogue, live art action and its documentation, suffragette artists and the relationship between art and social change, the relationship between the artist and the academy and drawing.
Department of Art and Design
Science, Technology and Arts
Course Leader MART Fine Art & Creative Art Practice
Module leader BA Art Context 2
- Art and Design Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
The Emily Davison Lodge (with Olivia Plender)
(Official website pending)
David Bohm’s Dialogue (various projects ongoing)
Philosophy on Stage 4 (international research project: FWF PEEK-Projekt Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS arts-Based-Research project):
The Artist and the Academy
‘Ymedaca’ – Submitted to Arts Council England October 2015
‘Live Notation – Extending Matters of Performance’ (co-authored with Alex McLean) –submitted to Arts & Humanities Research Board, September 2013
Arts Council England
‘Islands of the Pen, Politics of the Ink,’ in ‘Atlantis,’ Cheeseman, M. (ed.), London: Spirit Duplicator, 2015
Reeve, H. & Waldock, D. ed. ‘Ymedaca,’ Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2015
Plender, O. & Reeve, H. ’Minutes of the 2nd Meeting of the Emily Davison Lodge,’ Oberon 1, 2015
Reeve, H., ‘On the Good,’ in ‘Ways of knowledge Generation – Strategies in Performance Art,’ Manfred Blohm und Elke Mark eds., Fabrico verlag/Flenberg University
Beck, A., Cheeseman, M., Evans, C., Leven.,B., Reeve, H., Schroder, A. & Spencer, S., No Picnic -Explorations in Art and Research, NATCECT, 2014
Büchler, P. & Reeve, H., ‘Doing Art’ in Transmission Annual: Labour, Work, Action, eds. M. Corris, J. Jospeh-Lester & S. Kivland, ARTWORDS Press, 2013.
Reeve, H., ‘But the real work was to place a stone in my mouth (please remember that I did that),’ in The Text Festivals: Language, Art and Material Poetry, ed. T. Lopez, University of Plymouth Press, 2013, pp.123-135.
Plender, O. & Reeve, H., ‘Open Letter to Tate Britain’ in Living Labour eds. M. Hoegsberg, & C. Fisher, Sternberg Press, 2013, pp. 71-80.
Reeve, H., ‘Shimmy Shimmy’ in, Reading/Feeling, eds.T. Baudoin, F. Bergholtz & V. Ziherl, Vivian, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t want to be Part Of Your Revolution, 2013.
McLean, A. & Reeve, H., ‘Live Notation – Acoustic Resonance?’ at International Computer Music Conference: Non-Cochlear Sound, September 2012.
Reeve, H., ‘An interview with Pavel Büchler’ in Labour in Vain, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, 2010, pp.30-6.
Artist pages ‘Sheffield: Divine (the) City,’ Brutalist Flights of Fancy Site Gallery, 2011
Reeve, H., ‘Frankenstein Vol III, Chapter VIII’ in Dark Reflections, Monstrous Reflections: Essays on the Monster in Culture, Ni Fhlainn, Sorcha ed., Volume 43 of ‘At the Interface,’ Monsters and the Monstrous, Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009, pp.247-264. E Book.
Presentations, Papers and Bohm Dialogues
Sculptural Substance, ‘Thought Positions in Sculpture’ Symposium, University of Huddersfield (The Centre for Sculptural Thinking)
Slow Coding-Slow Performance-Slow Workshop (with Tom Hall), workshop at International Live Coding Conference, University of Leeds The Suffragette as a Militant Artist, No Peace Without Women, Ulster Hall, Belfast
Artists Talk, Co-Dreaming, Bloc Projects, Sheffield Bohm Dialogue, Creative Thesis Programme, Slade School of Art, London
Bohm Dialogue, Tanzquartier, The Nietzsche Lab, Vienna
The 24 Hour Origin of the Work of Art Lecture - Dwelling in the Exposition, Gnothi Seuton conference, Theatre on the Balustrade, Prague (organized by the Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
Bohmian Dialogue and The Art School Experience (with Helen Blejerman), In Dialogue conference in association with Nottingham Contemporary Live Code and The Body Without Organs Dissection, Live Coding and The Body symposium, University of Sussex
The Suffragette as a Militant Artist, The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Lecture, Worltley Hall, Sheffield The B in Philosophy II,- The necessity of HRH.the (performance lecture), FWF PEEK-Projekt Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS arts-Based-Research project, Philosophy Department, University of Vienna
Bohm Dialogue Session, FWF PEEK-Projekt Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS arts-Based-Research project, University of Applied Arts, Vienna Convener and speaker (with Olivia Plender & Emma Chambers) Sylvia Pankhurst Scholars’
Morning (2nd meeting of the Emily Davison Lodge), Tate Britain.
Emily Davison Day, Art, Politics and the Pamphleteer, People’s History Museum, Manchester
Bohm Dialogue, The Beshara School, Scotland Bohm Dialogue Hannah Maclure Centre, Dundee
Artist Talk & Bohm Dialogue workshop Duncan Jordanstone College of Art The Winning Line artist talk, The Northern Gathering, Morpeth Town Hall
Bohm Dialogue, University of Brighton (Fine Art PhD group)
Artist Talk, ‘Crossing Borders,’ Siabhan Davies Dance Studios, London
1-Day Bohm Dialogue, (dis)chorus, LUX Associate Artists’ Programme Residency, Brecon, Wales Live Notation – Acoustic Resonance (with Alex McLean) International Computer Music Conference, Slovenia Double Agent, Live Notation Unit Symposium, Arnolfini
Artist’s Talk, Live Notation, in association with Goldsmith’s Thursday Club, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London ‘Live Notation’ (with Alex McLean) AHRC Digital Transformations networking event, Westminster
Bohm Dialogue at Performance, London (for NWN)
Bohm Dialogue, Compass Festival of Live Art, Leeds (for NWN)
Bohm Dialogue, Adhocracy, Rich Mix, London (for NWN) Artist Talk, Burutalist Speculations Symposium, Site Gallery, Sheffield
David Bohm’s Dialogue, Learning, Teaching & Assessment Conference, Sheffield Hallam University
Exhibitions, Comissions and Works
Burning to Speak, Thought Positions in Sculpture (group show), Huddersfield Art Gallery
The Life Voyager’s Tea Service, commission, ‘Art Social 15’ House of St Barnabas, London
2014: Ymedaca - The Game Plan & The Temple of the Muses, Upper Space & National Arts Education Archive gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
2013: The Winning Line (video), Emily Inspires, Morpeth Town Hall
Asphalt Shout Out, Platform in the Making, group show, Site, Sheffield. The Critical Girlfriend screened at Performance Philosophy - Staging a New Field, University of Surrey.
2012:'Seen 5, Act I' (drawings) Specular, KARST, Plymouth
2010: The Devil is Undone, “Unspeaking Engagements” (group show) Lanchester Gallery at Coventry University.
2009: The Devil is Undone ,Unspeaking Engagements (group show) The Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand & Lanchester Gallery, Coventry Gallery “Walls have ears. Your ears have walls” (with the group ‘chimney’) Photographic documentation of action, for CAad Festival, Cake Gallery, Sheffield.
Live Art Works
2015: Of sound on the Landing Page ‘Philosophy on Stage No. 4,’ Halle G Tanzquartier, Vienna
Body I am and Book is just another word for the body, Senate House Library illumination Series, London Attendez: I care and attend to the book and the book cares and attends to the we in me ‘Care and Attend’ - part of The Society for Artistic Research Spring Event, Chelsea College of Arts, London
Nietzsche Salutes HRH.the (performance lecture), Tanzquartier, Vienna (The Nietzsche Lab, FWF PEEK-Projekt Artist Philosophers. Philosophy AS arts-Based-Research, University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
2014: On the Good Ymedaca, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2013: Plato’s Apology Bob & Roberta Smith’s ‘Art Party Conference,’ The Spa, Scarborough.
A Mild Case of the Brompthods The Art of Reading, Senate House Library/Bloomsbury Festival Shimmy Shimmy Friday Salon: Reading as a Contemporary Art, ICA, London
2012: Re-The Rope that Binds us Makes them Free for Fiona Templeton’s ‘Bodies of Memory’ performance in conjunction with New Work Network’s ‘Acts of Legacy,’ ‘Late at the Tate,’ Tate Britain
BlackspaceBoard (with Alex McLean) Digital Transformations moot (AHRC), Mermaid Theatre, London The Hair of the Horse (collaboration with SLUB), Live Notation Unit, Arnolfini
2010: Protest for Emily Davison Day Epsom Race Course, Epsom Derby-Ladies Day
2009: The Mirror-call TEXT2 festival, Met Arts Centre, Bury
Walls have ears. Your ears have walls (with the group ‘chimney’), Sheffield Hallam University.
External Examiner, West Dean College, PG Programme Visual Arts
'Stigmata: Marks of Pain in Body Performances by Female Arab Artists' (second supervisor)
How Do I Look? Viewing, Embodiment, Showgirls & Art Practice (second supervisor)