The Still and Moving Image. I am interested in making visible the spatial relations of power, territory, ideology and history and the manifestation of historical and allegorical time, private and public memory and how the past intersects and influences the present.
From 1980 to the early nineties my principal practice was painting which explored cultural and personal memory before giving way to a practice using still and moving images with a strong relationship to specific site's and histories.
My research has often involved collaborations and multidisciplinary research which focus on neglected, contested, or under represented histories. I am concerned with the interface of public and personal memory: the aftermath of the Soviet Union and the legacy of Fascism and the role of memory culture and power in East and West Europe.
This is reflected in an earlier exhibition and book project, Private Views: Spaces and Gender in contemporary art from Britain and Estonia, which was initiated with artist Mare Tralla. My works in video, more usually focus on specific sites that events have 'marked' in history, and these concerns have been explored in gallery based works and site specific projects, curatorial projects and published writings. Recent publically funded research also includesKonspirative Wohnungen // Conspiracy Dwellings, a large scale public art project in Germany, based on a study of the topography of Stasi secret meeting places in a former East German city. Ongoing research extends the parameters of this project by investigating the ethical and cultural boundaries of surveillance, and its impact on political archives and citizens in the bookConspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art. Current research includes 'Hotel Minerva" a multi- channel video installation made for Archive of Exile a Speculative AHRC project. Led by cultural geographer Jessica Dubow, from Sheffield University, this project brings three artists and three academics together to investigate this subject and will result in the production of new art works and critical texts in 2011.