Laura Cull

I began my training as an artist at Wimbledon School of Art, London - where I met fellow SpRoUt members, Hayley Skipper, Naomi Dawson, Sam Steer and Sam Dowd. I then did my undergraduate degree at the Slade School of Art, London - where I met Amy Cunningham. Although I started my degree in the Painting department, I later moved to the Sculpture department in my third year to pursue an interest in installation and performance.

During my degree I'd become interested in writing and cultural theories of performance, so I decided to go on to do a part-time MA in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, London whilst carrying on my practice as an artist. The question of how to move between theory and practice, and the nature of the relation between theory and practice continue to be some of my core concerns.

I'm now in the 3rd year of a PhD in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter, UK. My thesis aims to redefine the concept of presence in performance in relation to the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and the work of Antonin Artaud, Allan Kaprow, The Living Theatre, Robert Wilson and Goat Island. Beyond the opposition of presence and absence, the thesis introduces presence as becoming, affect, sensation, deterritorialization.

I also continue to practice as an artist - working primarily with performance. My most recent work was a performed reading, "Manifesto", which was presented as part of the guestroom project: Reading Room and the exhibition 'Nought to Sixty' at the ICA, London. For Under Construction, I am working on ideas around nostalgia for community and the world-making powers of fiction.

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