Chair of Contemporary Art Practice
BA (Leeds) MA (Wales) PhD (Wales)
Professor Kenneth G. Hay BA, MA, PhD, FRSA, is Chair of Contemporary Art Practice and Deputy Head of School, in the School of Design. As an artist he works in the fields of painting, photography, print, digital imagery, video, sound and multimedia. As an academic his research interests are in Italian art and philosophical aesthetics, art practice as research, modernism and postmodernism, architecture history and theory, Cubism, Cyberspace, European Art from 1900, and the contemporary world art. He exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad, most recently in Taiwan (January 2007), and the Hope Gallery London (July 2006), work dealing with global tourism, European integration and the EU.
Other recent shows include: “RADAR Infopoint” at the Italia Telecom Future Centre, San Salvador, Rialto, Venice (Sept 2004); in the Galeria ” Pryzmat, Cracow, Poland (July 2004), in London, as part of the “Deptford X” (“Altered States”, June 2004); and simultaneously in Bradford Cartwright Hall and the Brno Gallery, Czech Republic (“Hibrida”, May-June 2005). A photographic commission, “CityLights” for Cracow Public Transport opened in Cracow on Sunday 15th May 2005, followed by a new exhibition of Digital Prints in the Gallery Camelot, Cracow, Poland (June 2005). His video “Miracle” was selected for the “Olympic One Minutes” promotional DVD for the 2008 Olympics in China (July 2005). In January – March 2007 a major retrospective of digital film and photographic work was exhibited in the Art Centre, National Cheng Kung University,Tainan, Taiwan. Solo shows in 2007 include exhibitions in Brno and Malta (forthcoming).
In June 2003 he participated in the 50th Venice Biennale as one of five UK artists selected to represent the UK in the “RADAR Project – Connecting Europe”, at the Centro Civico, Giudecca, Venice (June 2003). The catalogue for this was published in Venice by Marsilio Editori (November 2005). A recent book: “Thinking through Art: reflections on art as research ” (edited by Katy MacLeod and Lin Holdridge): containing his chapter on “Concrete abstractions”, published in the UK in September 2005, has just appeared in Czech, together with an additional chapter on Studio Practice Ph.Ds, published by the Masaryk University, Brno (2007). Two catalogues of his work from 2002-2007 have been published in September 2007.
Painting, photography, print, digital imagery, video, sound and multimedia. Italian art and philosophical aesthetics, art practice-as-research, modernism and postmodernism, architecture history and theory, Cubism, Cyberspace, European Art from 1900, and the contemporary world art. A selection of publications and exhibitions from the past three years is listed below.
(2012) Ian Wieczorek: Fragments. Leeds: The Moorland Press.
(2012) Vahag Hamalbashyan: Before and After - New works from Armenia. Leeds: The Moorland Press. (In preparation)
(2009) Michael Anderson: Labyrinths: Visual responses to the Parables of Jorge Luis Borges. Leeds: The Moorland Press.
(2008) World One Minutes - Video and Literature. Rotterdam: Veenman Publishers.
(2006) Explorations in Spatiality. 1. Designing the 21st Century. University of Leeds.
(2006) Jiri Havlicek: Graphica Alchymica, Cosmica & Scatologica. 1. The Moorland Press.
(2004) “Appraising Determinate Abstractions: A Matter of Taste?”, None. 4: 14-17.
(2002) “Concrete Abstractions: A Della Volpean perspective on studio practice as research”, Journal of Visual Art Practice McLeod K (eds.). : 64-77.
(2012) “Artisterium: 'The Protest that Never Ends'. 5th Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events”, In: Guruli M (eds.) Artisterium: 'The Protest that Never Ends'. 5th Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events. Artisterium. Tbilisi, Georgia: Artisterium Association. 28-31
(2012) “Two Cultures Still? Reflections on the methodologies of the Arts and Sciences”, In: Erjavec A (eds.) Not known yet. not known yet. Ljubljana kolokvij - obvestilo: n/a-n/ (In preparation)
(2010) “Thinking ‘outside the box’ – appraising art-practice-as-research”, In: Farber L (eds.) "On Making: Integrated Approaches to Research in Art and Design". Johannesburg, SA: University of Johannesburg Press, SA.
(2009) “Creativity, by the way...”, In: Fidlerova L (eds.) m'mochodem (by theway):Projekty, myslenky a koncepty studentu a absolventu doktorskèho studijního programu na Katedre Vytvarné Vychovy pdf Mu a odbornych hostu (Projects, thoughts and concepts of stud. Brno, CZ: Masaryk University Press. 5-9
(2007) “Spatiality in design”, In: Inns T (eds.) Designing for the 21st Century. Aldershot: Ashgate. 219-231
(2007) “Artlist 380 (January 2007)”, In: Artlist. Tainan, Taiwan: 72-72
(2006) “Konkretni Abstrakce-Zkoumani della Violpeho Perspektivy v Atelieru Praxe”, In: Havlicek J; Babiradova H (eds.) Spiritualita: Fenomen spirituality z podhledu filozofie, religionistiky, teologie, literatury, teorie e dejin umeni, pedagogiky, sociologie, antropologie, psychologie a vytvarnych umelcu. Brno, CZ: Masarykova Univerzita. 117-131
(2005) “Signs of Life?”, In: Tectonics. Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. 1-24
(2005) “Concrete Abstractions and Intersemiotic translations: the legacy of Della Volpe”, In: MacLeod K; Holdridge L (eds.) Thinking through art : reflections on art as research. Innovations in Art and Design. London: Routledge. 51-59
(2002) “Ken Hay”, In: Morris S (eds.) Bibliomania 2000/2001. Limited Edition Artist's Book. Manchester: information as material, UK. 199-202
(2000) “The Oxford History of Western Art”, In: Kemp M (eds.) The Oxford History of Western Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 442-451
(2000) From Expressionism to Post-Modernism: Styles and Movements in 20th Century Western Art, Grove Dictionary of Art Entry on 'Aeropittura'. London/Basingstoke: Macmillan, Basingstoke & Oxford 2000. 27-28
(1999) “Generic Specificity and the Problem of Translation in Della Volpe: with an Afterword on John Huston's 'The Dead'.”, In: Hoek L; Voogd PD (eds.) Text and Visuality - Word & Image Interactions 3. Textext Studies in Comparative Literature 22/Word & Image Interactions. Amsterdam: Rodopi, Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA. 295-307
(1996) “Picturing Readings: Della Volpe and Lessing”, In: Worton M (eds.) Paragraph: Painting and Narrative. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 272-285
(2012) Two Cultures Still? Reflections on the methodologies of the Arts and Sciences. Ljubljana kolokvij - obvestilo Proceedings: Glasnik UP ZRS Koper, SLovenia: Slovenian Association of Aesthetics. 17.4: 1-48.
(2010) Appraising Artworks as research: A Matter of Taste?. On Making: Integrated Approaches to Practice-Led Research in Art & Design Proceedings: Yes, 2010 Johannesburg, South Africa: University of Johannesburg Press.
(2004) Epistemology and Art Practice - Paper for 'Brilliant'. Brilliant! ELIA Annual Conference 2004 Proceedings: Brilliant! - Cluj Napoca, Romania Brilliant! - Cluj Napoca, Romania.
(2001) Globalizing Art History and Design.
(2001) The Enactment of Thinking: A Della Volpean perspective on practice-based PhDs at Leeds.
(2000) Betrando Spaventa and Italian Hegeliansim. Proceedings: Seventh Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, "Approaching a new Millennium: Lessons from the Past - Prospects for the Future University of Bergen, Norway, 2000.
The Frozen Academy.
"Hommage à K.G.Hay". Performance, projection 12/03/2011
Larroque Arts Fest: International Contemporary Art in A rural setting. (Submitted)
2010 International Incheon Art Fair, Korea.
Moorland Productions in Sofia.
Larroque International Film Festival: Art & Installation.
St Boleslav's Pilgrimage.
Hibrida (part 4).
Mallorca Trans Local Meeting.
The Neighbours Project.
'Control Mechanisms' - Moorland Productions Exhibitions (2008-2013).
The Frozen Academy (2008-2013).
Hibrida (part 2).
Moorland Productions in Taiwan.
"Untitled" 7 minute Video.
Ken Hay: Visual/Verbal 1975-2000, (Retrospective Exhibition).
6th Busan International Environment Art Festival, Korea..
"No 1" - Exhibition of Leeds University Fine Art Students' Work.
Museum Magogo Part Two.
Water Tower Arts Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Art au Lieu Sauvage - Art in the Wilderness - 'Tramping'.
RADAR Connecting Europe: Athens, Cracow, Lewisham, Plovdiv, Venezia, Weimar.
@708 Beats, London.
The Gyumri Biennal.
Artisterium: 5th Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events. 'The Protest that Never Ends'.
RADAR in Cracow.
Kenneth Hay - "Control Mechanisms: Moorland Productions" exhibition.
Absences - Digital prints and sound installation on the Highland Clearances.
"Control Mechanisms: Moorland Productions Exhibition.
The Frozen Academy/Moorland Productions. (In preparation)
Something About to Happen....
Samkura Forum, Yerevan, Armenia..
"ONE SHOT" Film Festival, Yervan, Armenia.
Hibrida (part 3).
Exhibition of new Digital Work, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland.
RADAR - Connecting Europe (Venice Biennale Exhibition).
Ken Hay: Visual/Verbal 1975-2000 (Catalogue).
RADAR Infopoint - (Italia Future Telecom Centre).
Collective Contemporary Arts.
(2005) RADAR- Connecting Europe (Catalogue section on Moorland Productions). Venice: Marsilio.: 9-192.
(2004) "Melancholy Practice - Art research in Academe". 4. Erkenningsnummer P 2A9251 Belgie. Sint-LukasGalerij,Brussel, Paleizenstraat 74, 1030 Brussel. firstname.lastname@example.org. 751-1124064-68: 14-17.
(2001) Video and Education through Art. Masaryk University,Brno.
(1996) Blowing Up the Bard - Public Digital Murals, Glasgow and Kilmarnock.. Poster: Public Billboards, Kilmarnock and Glasgow, Documentation in catalogue.
(2008) Verejnost a Kouzlo Vizuality: Rozvoj Teoretickych základu vytvarné vychovy a otázky kulturního vzdeláváni. Masaryk University Press.