Dr Frances Williams
I am an artist and researcher and teach as an Associate Lecturer in the Falmouth School of Art, working across BA(Hons) Drawing and BA(Hons) Fine Art. My interests include the comic, laughter and failure, feminisms, the 'feminist uncanny' (Kokoli), 'femininist kill-joys (Ahmed) and second-wave feminisms as hauntings, horror, the unexpected, as well as phenomenology of attention, framings and the affective dynamics of failure, awkwardness, embarrassment, mis-attention, mis-performance and ‘ordinary’ affects which I explore through my performance-related practice in live performance, video, film, projection, writing, installation and online platforms and technologies. My work has been performed and exhibited in Cornwall, nationally, including as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries and in Ireland. I completed my (funded) PhD in Fine Art practice-based research in 2020 at Falmouth University (in partnership with University of the Arts, London) titled Looking Away: Failure, Embarrassment and Mis-attention in a Performance-related Fine Art Practice. The practice-based project investigated the space between viewer and artwork interrogating the politics and affective relations of live bodies of spectator and performer in performance-related fine art practices using a counterintuitive methodology ‘looking away’. Through the thesis I developed a lexicon, intertwining practice, text with philosophical and theoretical ideas as a conceptual language to articulate, apply and develop potentially more widely in fine art practices exploring affective themes and subjectivites in performance-related art. My teaching covers fine art and drawing critical contexts and studio practice, research methods, writing and dissertations and workshop activities include digital and analogue, video, film, projection, performance and writing and directing choreographies. I also have an MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Practices and BA in Fine Art and am currently enrolled on Falmouth University's PGCHE programme. I am also a studio holder at The Fish Factory in Penryn.