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

  • The Perceived Size and Shape of Objects in Peripheral Vision 

    Baldwin, Joseph; Burleigh, Alistair; Pepperell, Robert; Ruta, Nicole (Sage, 2016-08-17)
    Little is known about how we perceive the size and shape of objects in far peripheral vision. Observations made during an artistic study of visual space suggest that objects appear smaller and compressed in the periphery ...
  • Facing the Spectator 

    Koenderink, Jan; van Doorn, Andrea; Pinna, Baingio; Pepperell, Robert (Sage, 2016-11)
    We investigated the familiar phenomenon of the uncanny feeling that represented people in frontal pose invariably appear to ‘‘face you’’ from wherever you stand. We deploy two different methods. The stimuli include the ...
  • 3D modeling and motion parallax for improved videoconferencing 

    Zhu, Zhe; Ralph, Martin; Pepperell, Robert; Burleigh, Alistair (Springer, 2016-06)
    We consider a face-to-face videoconferencing system that uses a Kinect camera at each end of the link for 3D modeling and an ordinary 2D display for output. The Kinect camera allows a 3D model of each participant to be ...
  • Maska 

    Green, James (g39 Contemporary Temporary Artspace, 2014-05)
    James Green’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach, that crosses between painting, sculpture, collage, mask making, print, and comic making. Inspiration for this work comes from a wide range of artists, places and ...
  • How can visual experience be depicted? A study of close-up double vision 

    Green, James; Pepperell, Robert (Sage, 2013-07-14)
    The attempt to record visual experience has been of central importance to many artists throughout the history of art. Vision itself is made up of many processes, both psychological and physiological, and is still only ...
  • Indeterminacy and realism in cinema and art 

    Pepperell, Robert (Verlag Transcript, 2012)
    This paper will address two moments in cinematic history: a shot that occurs in Robert Wiene's avant-garde production of THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (1920) and the attempt by the main protagonist in Antonioni's BLOW-UP ...
  • Performing Political Acts: Performance Art in Northern Ireland: Ritual, Catharsis and Transformation 

    Stitt, Andre (Intellect Books/Live Art Development Agency, 2015-01)
    Since the early nineteen seventies artists have been creating performances, art actions, interventions, and other time-based art in Northern Ireland during a period of traumatic civil conflict. I explore how and why ...
  • Egocentric perspective: Depicting the body from its own point of view 

    Pepperell, Robert (MIT Press, 2015)
    We are almost always visible to ourselves. Depending on how you are seated, reclining or standing you will see parts of your nose, legs, hands, arms, shoulders or trunk from your own point of view. Yet these everyday ...
  • Mobile Encounters – Documenting the Early Years of Performance Art in Ireland 

    Stitt, Andre (Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, 2014-12-12)
    The exhibition looked at the past thirty years of performance art in Ireland and features documents, artefacts and videos by Andre Stitt from the collection of the National Irish Visual Arts Library.
  • Shankill Butcher Knives 

    Stitt, Andre (Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2014-11-01)
    This major new exhibition features artists’ responses to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It offers avenues for exploring the way in which the Troubles have been viewed by artists and for reflecting on the manifestations ...
  • Shankill Butcher Knives 

    Stitt, Andre; James Cobb (Ulster Museum, 2014-04-10)
    A major new exhibition featuring a broad representation of artists responses to the Troubles. Art of the Troubles comprised 60 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and sculpture. The exhibition ...
  • On right and wrong drawings 

    Koenderink, Jan; van Doorn, Andrea; Pinna, Baingio; Pepperell, Robert (2015)
    Are pictorial renderings that deviate from linear perspective necessarily ‘wrong’? Are those in per- fect linear perspective necessarily ‘right’? Are wrong depictions in some sense ‘impossible’? Linear perspective is the ...
  • Armchair perspective preferences 

    Koenderink, Jan; van Doorn, Andrea; Pinna, Baingio; Pepperell, Robert (2016)
    Do generic observers in their free-style viewing of postcard-size pictures have a preference for specific modes of perspective rendering? This most likely depends upon the phrasing of the question. Here we consider the ...
  • 14 Secret Masters of the Universe 

    Stitt, Andre; James Cobb (Flight Gallery, 2015-11-20)
    Andre Stitt & James Cobb’s installation ‘The 14 Secret Masters of The Universe’ is the result of a period of collaborative production and research as artists in residence at Flight Gallery in San Antonio during the Oct-Nov. ...
  • Indeterminate Artworks and the Human Brain 

    Pepperell, Robert; Ishai, Alumit (Oxford University Press, 2015)
    What happens in our brain when we look at indeterminate art works? A unique collaboration between an artist and a neuroscientist resulted in a series of behavioral and functional brain imaging studies. The main findings ...
  • Artworks as Dichotomous Objects: Implications for the scientific study of aesthetic experience 

    Pepperell, Robert (2015)
    This article will address an issue that has been studied from both scientific and art theoretical perspectives, namely the dichotomous nature of representational artworks. Representational artworks are dichotomous in that ...
  • Do artists use linear perspective to depict visual space? 

    Pepperell, Robert; Haertel, Manuela (Sage, 2014)
    The question of how to accurately depict visual space has fascinated artists, architects, scientists and philosophers for hundreds of years. Many have argued that linear perspective, which is based on well-understood laws ...
  • Comparing artistic and geometrical perspective depictions of space in the visual field 

    Baldwin, Joseph; Burleigh, Alistair; Pepperell, Robert (Sage, 2014)
    Which is the most accurate way to depict space in our visual eld? Linear perspective, a form of geometrical perspective, has traditionally been regarded as the correct method of depicting visual space. But artists have ...
  • Epistemology and sensation 

    Cazeaux, Clive (2016)
    Sensation is recognized by epistemology as one of the sources of knowledge, alongside memory, testimony, reason, induction and introspection, but this has not always been the case. It is a defining feature of modern ...
  • Leading Plato into the darkroom 

    Cazeaux, Clive (Intellect, 2013-10-14)
    Perfection lies at the heart of Plato’s metaphysics. He argues for the existence of a higher realm occupied by the Forms. Every kind of thing we experience in our world – physical or abstract – obtains its origin and shape ...

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