CFAR provides a coherent and ambitious programme around Fine Art research. It exists to encourage and support interdisciplinary, cross-School and inter-Institutional research initiatives in a supportive environment that encourages research activity at all levels.

Recent submissions

  • Material Systems: kinetic sound art and STS 

    Pigott, Jon (Routledge, 2019-10)
    This paper will explore how sensibilities and approaches from Science and Technology Studies (STS) can help to understand and identify the field of kinetic sound art, extracting specific concerns from a boarder milieu of ...
  • Speaker Park: An Intersection of loudspeaker design and post-acousmatic composition. 

    Pigott, Jon; Saario, Antti (2019-12-05)
    Speaker Park was an internationally curated project which brought together a custom installation of 24 hand built, sculptural loudspeakers made by Roar Sletteland and Jon Pigott, with two composers, Antti Sakari Saario and ...
  • Preference Analysis of Architectural Facades by Multidimensional Scaling and Unfolding 

    Bove, Giuseppe; Ruta, Nicole; Mastandrea, Stefano (Springer, 2019-09-07)
    The methods of paired comparison and ranking play an important role in the analysis of preference data. In this study, first we show how asymmetric multidimensional scaling allows to represent in a diagram the preference ...
  • Comparing Angular and Curved Shapes in Terms of Implicit Associations and Approach/Avoidance Responses 

    Palumbo, Letizia; Ruta, Nicole; Bertamini, Marco (PLoS, 2015-10-13)
    Most people prefer smoothly curved shapes over more angular shapes. We investigated the origin of this effect using abstract shapes and implicit measures of semantic association and preference. In Experiment 1 we used a ...
  • Egocentric vision in a 3D game using linear perspective and natural rendering 

    Pepperell, Robert; Ruta, Nicole; Burleigh, Alistair (2019-09-12)
  • Does visual space correspond to imagined space? 

    Ruta, Nicole; Burleigh, Alistair; Pepperell, Robert (2019-08)
  • Washing with the Gods. An exhibition of Magic Soaps from Central America, South America, and Spain 

    Green, James (2019-07-21)
    Most people are familiar with bars of soap and probably use them every day without thinking about them. Soap is one of the mundane objects that form part of our everyday lives. Generally, a normal bar of soap will cost ...
  • Problems and Paradoxes of Painting and Perception 

    Pepperell, Robert (Brill Academic Publishers, 2019-09-11)
    This illustrated essay highlights some conceptual problems that arise when we consider the nature of visual perception and its relationship to art. Science proceeds on the assumption that natural phenomena operate rationally ...
  • Imaging human vision: an artistic perspective 

    Pepperell, Robert (Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2017-01-29)
    The purpose of artistic practice has frequently been to translate human visual experience into pictures. By viewing these pictures we can retrospectively share something of the world the artist saw, and the way he or she ...
  • Natural Perspective: Mapping Visual Space with Art and Science 

    Burleigh, Alistair; Pepperell, Robert; Ruta, Nicole (MDPI, 2018-05-07)
    Following its discovery in fifteenth-century Italy, linear perspective has often been hailed as the most accurate method of projecting three-dimensional visual space onto a two-dimensional picture plane. However, when we ...
  • The poetics of the fragment 

    Cazeaux, Clive (Wales in Venice, 2019-05-24)
    Installation art has two defining features. The first is that it requires the experience of the viewer or visitor for its completion. This is on the understanding that what is offered in an installation is distributed in ...
  • From insignificance to significance 

    Cazeaux, Clive (Bloomsbury, 2020-02-01)
    Through a series of artworks, the name ‘Martin Creed’ leads us to a position where the concept of what counts as an object of attention cannot be taken for granted. We find ourselves in a context where any minute, ordinarily ...
  • Art, philosophy and the connectivity of concepts 

    Cazeaux, Clive (Taylor and Francis, 2019-05-01)
    In the history of philosophy, concepts are traditionally pictured as discrete containers that bring together objects or qualities based on the possession of shared, uniform properties. This paper focuses on a contrasting ...
  • Industrialised: Art in Manufacturing in the Gallery 

    Stitt, Andre; Konstantakou, Chrisoula (2019)
    International artists uncover the humanity, brutality and ingenuity of factory production in a rare gathering of work exploring mankind and manu-facturing in INDUSTRIALISED. Featuring work unexhibited in the UK to date and ...
  • A comparison between preference judgments of curvature and sharpness in architectural façades 

    Ruta, Nicole; Mastandrea, Stefano; Penacchio, Olivier; Lamaddalena, Stefania; Bove, Giuseppe (Taylor and Francis, 2018-12-28)
    Can curvature drive preference, perceived familiarity, complexity, stability and approachability for architectural façades? In this study, we generated four versions of the same reference building, varying only the amount ...
  • View From Outside the Viewing Sphere 

    Koenderink, Jan; van Doorn, Andrea; Pepperell, Robert (SAGE, 2018-05-23)
    The ‘viewing sphere’, as defined by Euclid and explored by Gibson as the ‘optic array’, is generally thought of as wrapped around the eye. Can an observer step out of it? With currently popular photographic techniques, the ...
  • Speaker Park 

    Pigott, Jon (2019-03-09)
    Speaker Park was an internationally curated collaborative event combining the production of a unique, sculptural, multi-loudspeaker installation with two original and bespoke musical compositions. Jon Pigott’s ...
  • The Ceramophone 

    Pigott, Jon; Murphy, Ingrid (2018)
    The Ceramophone (2018) by Jon Pigott and Ingrid Murphy is an interactive, kinetic piece of sound art comprising re-appropriated and bespoke electronics and ceramics. The piece forms part of Murphy and Pigott’s ongoing ...
  • Consciousness as a Physical Process Caused by the Organization of Energy in the Brain 

    Pepperell, Robert (Frontiers Media, 2018-11-01)
    To explain consciousness as a physical process we must acknowledge the role of energy in the brain. Energetic activity is fundamental to all physical processes and causally drives biological behavior. Recent neuroscientific ...

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