CV

Dr Rupert Griffiths


Summary

I am a cultural geographer with a background in architecture and the visual arts. My academic work contributes to the creative turn in cultural geography and more recently archaeology, developing understandings of creative practice, marginal landscapes, and methodological approaches to fieldwork. I also often work collaboratively with geographers, archaeologists, architects, and artists. My current research interests include the use of waste and wastelands by contemporary artists in the UK and China. I am also looking at the materiality and practice of photography that engages with waste and wastelands and the relationship of these works to fieldwork practices and the archive.


Education

PhD Human Social and Cultural Geography (2015)
Reimagining the Margins: The Art of the Urban Fringe
AHRC funded studentship
Royal Holloway, University of London

MA Architecture and Urbanism with distinction (2009)
Manchester School of Architecture
The University of Manchester

B.Eng (hons) Micro-electronic Systems Engineering (1993)
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology


Career History

Artist and writer (1997–2017)
Recent work includes (forthcoming) guest editor of Art World
magazine (艺术世界) and a creative and academic collaboration
(SSG) with an artist and archaeologist in the UK and China.

Teaching Associate (2012–2013)
Royal Holloway University of London.

  • Development and facilitation of undergraduate field trip to New York.
  • Supervision of 2nd-year cultural geography research projects.
  • Tutorials and study support for thesis development.
  • Planning and delivery of qualitative methodologies seminars to MA students.

Researcher and creative consultant (2013)
Hotel Geopolitics project,
The University of Birmingham.

  • Assisting in the development of content and exhibition.
  • Design and production of artwork and interpretation material for exhibition at the Royal Geographic Society, London.

Visiting lecturer (2010)
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape,
Newcastle University.

  • Design, development, and delivery of seminar series relating to urban regeneration of marginal urban and rural sites.
  • Supervision of student projects, including written work, visual presentation, and model making.
  • Tutorials and study support.

Publications

Refereed articles and book chapters

Griffiths, R. (forthcoming). From horizon to ground: A material approach to photography,
Proceedings of Space, Place and Art International Seminar at the China Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China, 2016.

Griffiths, R and Wei, L.* (forthcoming). Tunnelling between landscape and artefact: An itinerary of points and vectors. In: Kamvasinou, K. and Stringer, B. (eds.), Reimagining Rurality. California: ORO Editions.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (under review). Reverse archaeology: experiments in carving and casting. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology special issue.

Other book contributions

Griffiths, R. (forthcoming). Beckton Alp [photography]. In: Hawkins, H., Creativity. Key Ideas in Geography, Routledge.

Griffiths, R. (2013). Schnee [photography]. In: Brand, R. and Fregonese, S., The Radical City. Urban Environment, Polarisation, Cohesion, Ashgate.

Griffiths, R. (2012). CNC manufactured furniture [photography]. In: Dunn, N., Digital Fabrication in Architecture, London: Laurence King.

Griffiths, R. (2007). Telenono [photography]. In: Colson, R., The Fundamentals of Digital Art, AVA Publishing.


Conference papers

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2016) Re-interpreting rural margins: Abandoned defensive architectures and rock-cut burial sites. Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) Annual Conference, Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands, Orkney College, UK.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2016) Carving 2nd century AD caves and casting WWII bunkers: Tracing itineraries between funerary architectures and military ruins. 8th World Archaeology Congress (WAC-8), Kyoto, Japan.

Griffiths, R. (2016). Artefact and process: Photography and marginal landscapes. Space, Place, and Art International Conference, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China.

Griffiths, R. (2016). Photography and the uncanny. Capturing the Uncanny in Contemporary Photography Seminar, The Parasol Unit, London, UK.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Reimagining the ruins of defensive architectures. Beaches Residential Symposium, University of Kent, UK.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Recording process and rhythm in experimental archaeology in the upper Yangzi River and Chongqing, China. European Association of Archaeology Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK.

Griffiths, R. (2015). Between earth, air, and water: Reimagining peripheral landscapes through abandoned defensive architectures and rock-cut burial sites. Renmin University, Beijing, China.

Griffiths, R. (2015). Between earth, air and water: Reimagining peripheral landscapes through abandoned defensive architectures and rock-cut burial sites. International Association of Visual Urbanists Conference, British Library, London, UK.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Reimagining the ruins of defensive architectures. Reimagining Rurality conference, Westminster University, London, UK.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Ruins of defensive architectures: Dwellings, tombs and monuments. Reconfiguring Ruins Workshop, The Museum of London Archaeology, London, UK.

Griffiths, R. (2013). Reimagining the margins: Creative practice and the infrastructural landscapes of the Lower Lea Valley. Ambience and Atmospheres, Royal Geographic Society Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.

Griffiths, R. (2013). Reimagining the margins – the work of photographer Stephen Gill, Contest/ed Scenes and Spaces: Exposing Cultural Infrastructures, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Los Angeles, USA.

Griffiths, R. (2013). Landscape and the urban uncanny, Uncanny Landscapes Conference, The Centre for Creative Collaboration, London, UK.


Public engagement

Conferences and seminars organised or chaired

Griffiths, R. and Thurgill, J.** (2013). Organiser, Uncanny Landscapes Conference, Exhibition, and Workshops. The Centre for Creative Collaboration, London.
www.uncannylandscapes.wordpress.com

Griffiths, R. (2013). Chair, Uncanny Visions Seminar. Goldsmiths, University of London.

Griffiths, R. and Hunt, M.*** (2013). Organiser, Practice and Research Group. Royal Holloway, University of London.


Selected Exhibitions and Other Activities

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Two replica Han rock cut burial caves [stone carving],
Chongqing Municipality, China.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Site/Seal/Gesture. PublicArchaeology2015, London.

Griffiths, R. and Wei, L.* (2015). Reimagining the Ruins of Defensive Architectures [installation]. Reimagining Rurality exhibition, University of Westminster, London.

Griffiths, R. (2015). Point/Vector, International Association of Visual Urbanists Exhibition, British Library, London.

Griffiths, R. and Fregonese, S. (2013). Hotel Geopolitics [installation]. Royal Geographic Society, London.

PassengerFilms. (2011–2013). Contributing to programme of screenings and talks and as event photographer. Passenger Films was awarded the National Award for Best Film Education Programme by the British Federation of Film Societies in 2012 and 2013.

Griffiths, R. (2011). Borderlands [solo exhibition]. Cube Gallery, Manchester.

Griffiths, R. (2007). Ideal Homes / Artificial Horizons [solo exhibition]. Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Middlesex University.

Griffiths, R. (2006). Research residency, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Middlesex University.

Griffiths, R. (2009–2010). Schnee [photography]. The Urban Environment: Mirror and Mediator of radicalisation? PLACE, Belfast, Berlin, Beirut, Amsterdam, Manchester.

Griffiths, R. (2004). Telenono [installation]. Mobile Connections exhibition, Futuresonic, URBIS, Manchester.

Griffiths, R. (2004). Research residency, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Griffiths, R. (2000). Research residency, the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Microelectronic fabrication laboratory.

* Griffiths and Wei contributed equally to this work.
** Griffiths and Thurgill contributed equally to this work.
*** Griffiths and Hunt contributed equally to this work.


Grants and Awards

AHRC PhD Studentship £51,000 (2010–2013)

Social and Cultural Research Group Grant £500 (2013)
Royal Holloway University of London
Award for the co-organization of the
Uncanny Landscapes Conference,
a week long series of symposiums,
workshops, and an exhibition.

Arts Council England Production Grant £13,000 (2009)
Award for Borderlands, a solo exhibition
at the CUBE Gallery,
Manchester.

Arts Council England Research Grant £4,000 (2008)
Award for Borderlands, a solo exhibition at
the CUBE Gallery, Manchester.

Arts Council England Production Grant £21,000 (2007)
Award for Ideal Homes/Artificial Horizons,
a solo exhibition at MoDA,
Middlesex Univesity, London.

Arts Council England Research Grant £7,000 (2006)
Award for Ideal Homes/Artificial Horizons,
a solo exhibition at MoDA,
Middlesex Univesity, London.

Arts Council England Production Grant £5,000 (2005)
Award for an interactive mapping project,
Ravensbury Community School, Manchester.

ArtsMagnet Research and Production Grant £7,000 (2004)
Award for an interactive sound and video
installation at the Bridgewater Concert Hall,
Manchester.

Arts Council England Production Grant £4,000 (2004)
Award for Telenono, a telecommunication signal
jamming installation at the Mobile Connections
Exhibition, Futuresonic, URBIS, Manchester.

Arts Council England Research Grant £4,000 (2004)
Award for a research residency at the
Whitworth Art Gallery’s archive of works on
paper. Manchester.

Arts Council England Production Grant £400 (1999)
Award for curating a group show, Killing Time,
at the Green Room, Manchester.


References

Prof. Tim Cresswell,
Dean of the Faculty,
VP for Academic Affairs,
Trinity College,
300 Summit Street,
Hartford, CT 06106
USA.

timothy.cresswell@trincoll.edu
Tel: +1 860 297 2000

Prof. Harriet Hawkins,
Reader,
Department of Social and Cultural Geography,
Royal Holloway, University of London,
Egham,
Surrey,
TW20 0EX.

Harriet.Hawkins@rhul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1784 414673

Dr. Tim Edensor,
Reader,
Division of Geography and Environmental Management,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
All Saints Building,
All Saints,
Manchester,
M15 6BH.

t.edensor@mmu.ac.uk
+44 (0)161 2476284

Dr. Ben Campkin,
Director UCL Urban Lab,
Senior Lecturer Architectural History and Theory,
The Bartlett School of Architecture,
University College London Faculty of the Built Environment,
London,
NW1 2BX.

b.campkin@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7679 8848
Ex: 59640