Orbit No.2 – 21st January 2016
Location: Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK
Sunrise: 07:54 Sunset: 16:29

Michaela’s practice-based PhD investigation uses the artistic observation of light to examine how psychologist James J. Gibson’s ecological approach to visual perception can be adapted and applied as a methodology for ecological artistic research. The concept of an education of attention provides the epistemological foundation of my enquiry. The practical and analytical research methods I develop in my study are governed by Gibson’s ecological principles of direct perception, systemic interconnection and reciprocity.

A series of practice-based artistic investigations examine and test the ways in which Gibson’s principles can be adapted, translated and applied to cultivate an ecological education of attention. The Gibsonian methodology for ecological artistic research and the research methods developed in this investigation form an original contribution to knowledge. The methodological approach Michaela formulates in her study provides an adaptable framework for other artists seeking to undertake ecological artistic research in an academic context.

Michaela’s ecological approach moves across and beyond cross-inter-trans-post-disciplinary divisions and debates to develop a mode of enquiry which is transferrable, permeable, and intentionally vulnerable to future experiments.

Michaela is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, London. Her research contributes to ecological artistic scholarship in the emerging field of Information Experience Design.

A list of recent publications and presentations is available here

The following artworks and projects contribute to Michaela’s PhD enquiry:  A Year of Light, Orbit Series, Museum of Light and The Observer Effect.