This short video will introduce the ideas that underpin the Material Encounters Research Cluster based at the historic Birmingham School of Art, as part of Birmingham City University. Cluster Co-leads Dr Catherine Baker and Dr Jacqueline Taylor describe how the cluster activities intend to extend and interrogate the boundaries of materiality within the context of contemporary art practice. The newly established Photography Research Hub, led by Dr John Hillman, joined the Material Encounters cluster at the end of 2020. The hub aims to bring together academics, artists and thinkers from across the faculty and beyond who engage with research and discussion around an expanded notion of the subject of photography.
Film production by Sean Griffiths.