Dr Kate Love

Critical Studies Leader BA Fine Art, Senior Lecturer MA Fine Art Programme

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Kate Love's current research is concerned with questions posed by the concept of experience, as it is interpreted in the context of the production and the reception of art in general and art education in particular.

The research takes the form of examining particular experiences of art, specific examples of the representation of personal experience in art, the construction of the meaning of experience through art, and what it is to experience art (ie. What it is to have an actual experience in the sense of what does 'having an experience' actually mean in terms of gaining knowledge and/of evidence for the understanding of subjectivity).

The major outcome of this research is to further an understanding of experience in the context of both art and subjectivity, which does not reduce the interpretation of experience entirely to one of discursivity or self-presence as in 'an immediacy of sensation and affect'. The current research attempts to think through some of the questions posed by the category of experience, as it is interpreted in the context of the production and the reception of art.

The research investigates particular experiences of art, specific examples of the representation of personal experience in art, the construction of the meaning of experience through art, and what it is to experience art. The major outcome if this project is to further an understanding of experience entirely to one of discursivity or self-presence as in 'an immediacy of sensation and affect.' Rather the aim here is to locate and project a reading of experience, 'which has its fulfilment, not, in definitive knowledge, but in the openness to experience that is made possible by experience itself'.

Research interests

Concept of experience, as it is interpreted in the context of the production and the reception of art in general and art education in particular.

Research statement

Kate Love's current research is concerned with questions posed by the concept of experience, as it is interpreted in the context of the production and the reception of art in general and art education in particular. The research takes the form of examining particular experiences of art, specific examples of the representation of personal experience in art, the construction of the meaning of experience through art, and what it is to experience art (ie. What it is to have an actual experience in the sense of what does 'having an experience' actually mean in terms of gaining knowledge and/of evidence for the understanding of subjectivity).

The major outcome of this research is to further an understanding of experience in the context of both art and subjectivity, which does not reduce the interpretation of experience entirely to one of discursivity or self-presence as in 'an immediacy of sensation and affect'. The current research attempts to think through some of the questions posed by the category of experience, as it is interpreted in the context of the production and the reception of art.

The research investigates particular experiences of art, specific examples of the representation of personal experience in art, the construction of the meaning of experience through art, and what it is to experience art. The major outcome if this project is to further an understanding of experience entirely to one of discursivity or self-presence as in 'an immediacy of sensation and affect.' Rather the aim here is to locate and project a reading of experience, 'which has its fulfilment, not, in definitive knowledge, but in the openness to experience that is made possible by experience itself'.

Students

Julia Rodriguez Gallego, How are gender, anatomy and religion interconnected in the representation of the opening of the body in Western visual culture?

Selected research outputs

  • Me and my friends (13)

    Love, Kate (2010) Me and my friends. Me and my friends (13). Zurich: Nieves Publishing, Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Performing/knowing

    Love, Kate (2009) Performing/knowing. [Performance]

  • The Experience of art as a living through of language

    Love, Kate (2005) The Experience of art as a living through of language. In: After criticism new responses to art and performance. New interventions in art history, 4 . Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA, pp. 156-176. ISBN 0631232834, 9780631232834, 0631232842, 9780631232841

  • Teaching and Professional Fellowship Report 2003/4: Writing in the Context of Fine Art Education

    Love, Kate (2004) Teaching and Professional Fellowship Report 2003/4: Writing in the Context of Fine Art Education. Project Report. University of the Arts London, London.

  • Experience and the Expectancy of Speech

    Love, Kate (2000) Experience and the Expectancy of Speech. In: Making a Scene: Performing Culture into Politics (Performativity and Performance in Contemporary Politics and Art Practice). Art-dialogue-education series . ARTicle Press, University of Central England, Birmingham, UK, pp. 21-33. ISBN 1873352972, 9781873352977