Dot Young

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Dot Young is a fine art practitioner, from a sculpture/performance background, currently based at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, as a lecturer in BA Theatre Practice. She joined Royal Central in 2007, as a fine art practitioner, commercial freelance prop-maker and community arts project co-coordinator. Research is central to her role at the University, and is supported by practice in her studio at The Old Police Station, New Cross, South East London.

Her practice-based research currently investigates, and is entitled, the ‘Aurality of Objects’©.

Working collaboratively, and through sound installation and sculptural artifact, the research explores the production of objects in relation to the ‘aural waste’ expended during the fabrication processes. It explores the dynamism between visual and aural outcomes of a process.  Currently, ‘Aurality of Objects’ manifests itself as ‘Chair’©, working collaboratively with American sound practitioner Gregg Fisher, and Russian Photographer Pavel Legonkov, and  takes the form of sound, object, installation.

Previous collaborations have involved digital sound artist Justin Bennett, The Hague, Holland, Amanda Francis and Paul Jones , UK artists with outcomes at The Theatre Noise Conference, London, Shunt Vaults, London , ATINER Conference, Athens, Deptford X , London, and research presentations at  RCSSD, London.

In addition to sound/sculptural installation work, Dot established a community arts group in 2004 for the River Cultures Festival in London, which she continues to run. Outcomes have been realised with The WOMAD Foundation in Abu Dhabi, Las Palmas, Madrid and Caceres, Spain, and also with Emergency Exit Arts, in the UK. She continues to work on these projects alongside her research and commitments at Central.

Dot also works extensively as a sculptor and prop-maker for Oxfam International, G8 Summit campaigns and has previously worked in Harare, Zimbabwe, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates of Dubai and Sharja.

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