Professor Stephen Hodge
Head of Drama, Associate Professor in Live Art + Spatial Practices
I am Associate Professor in Live Art + Spatial Practices, Head of Drama and an active member of the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices. I have taught on the BA Art History and Visual Culture, and am an adjunct faculty member of the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India, as part of the Exeter/NIAS split-site 'Intangible Histories' PhD programme. I am also the University Director of Arts + Culture.
I generate Practice-as-Research across a range of contexts, for example:
- Where to build the walls that protect us, ACE-funded, Kaleider commission (2013-14);
- 4 x 4 Screens, Live Art Development Agency commissioned DVD (2013);
- The Master Plan, Book Works/Situations (2012);
- Slarristokaupunki, ANTI Festival, Finland (2009);
- for piano solo, National Review of Live Art (1994).
I am a core member of Wrights & Sites. Formed in Exeter, 1997, Wrights & Sites are four artist-researchers (Stephen Hodge, Simon Persighetti, Phil Smith and Cathy Turner) whose work is focused on peoples' relationships to places, cities and walking. We employ disrupted walking tactics as tools for playful debate, collaboration, intervention and spatial meaning-making. Our work, like walking, is intended to be porous; for others to read into it and connect from it and for the specificities and temporalities of sites to fracture, erode and distress it. We have sought to pass on our dramaturgical strategies to others: to audiences, readers, visitors and passersby. The outcomes of our work vary from project to project, but frequently include site-specific performance, Mis-Guided Tours (e.g. Stadtverführungen in Wien, Tanzquartier Wien and Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, 2007), published Mis-Guides (e.g. A Mis-Guide To Anywhere, launched ICA, London, 2006), 'drifts', mythogeographic mapping, public art (e.g. Everything you need to build a town is here for 'Wonders of Weston', CABE/Situations, Weston-super-Mare, 2010) or installations (e.g. mis-guided, Belluard Bollwerk International Festival, Fribourg, 2008), and public presentations and articles.
I am a resident at the Kaleider studio in Exeter.
I am well connected to industry, for instance:
- as Co-Director of REACT (Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology), one of 4 AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy (a collaboration between UWE, Watershed, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter);
- as Associate Curator (Live Art) at Exeter Phoenix (where I was formerly the Performance Curator for over 11 years);
- as a member of the New Theatre Architects, an ACE-initiated think-tank that seeks to challenge artists and organisations to think about new models of making and supporting theatre in England (2003 onwards);
- as a Live Art UK Associate;
- as a former board member or advisor to numerous organisations (e.g. New Work Network, Wide Awake Devon, Theatre Alibi).
Personal website: www.stephenhodge.org