Dr Deborah Robinson
Associate Professor (Reader) in Contemporary Art Practice
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
Associate Professor (Reader) in Contemporary Art Co-ordinator of ARC (Artistic Research in Context), research cluster, Faculty of Arts, Plymouth University.
Co-founder RADIX (cross disciplinary collaborators who questionof the relationship between self (humans) and environment.
Faculty member, Transart International Studio PhDprogramme, (with Plymouth)
Egenis, external fellow, University of Exeter
Member of the editorial board Journal of Creative Technologies
BAC (Baltic Arts Centre) research residency,Gotland. 2015
Bright Ideas fellowship UK Genomics Forum, Edinburgh. 2012
Residency with researchers on the Malaria Programme, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, 2012.
Guest fellowship MPIWG (Max Planck Institute forthe History of Science) Berlin. 2009
PhD "The Materiality of Text and Body in Painting and Darkroom Practices: An Investigation Through Practice" 2003.
Member of steering committee Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth.
My artwork is collaborative and projects are generated within a trans disciplinary context.
Art and Science
Art, Ecology and Technology
Art and the Biomedical Sciences
Art and Mental Health
Grants & contracts
Creative practice & artistic projects
2017 – 2020 (ongoing) Waiting Times, a Wellcome Trust funded project with Exeter andBirkbeck.
2017 NoisyEmbryos (with Radix collaborators). Exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery,Cambridge. Included a talk by Robinson, David Strang (artist), Dr Simon Rundle(biologist) and Professor Nick Hopwood, Cambridge (event with the CambridgeScience Festival).
2016 Likea Signal Falling, experimental short film (produced as part of an AHRCfunded project Modernism, Medicine andEmbodied Mind: Disorders of Self (with Bristol, Exeter and Warwick).
2015 Parasite, solo exhibition, WellcomeTrust Cultural Zone, Cambridge.
2014 Wandering Snail exhibited atFields –patterns of social, scientific, and technologicaltransformations.Curated by RIXC.Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the LatvianNational Arts Museum (LNAM).
2014 Parasite exhibition, HeidelbergCastle, Germany.
2014 Parasitesolo exhibition, ICIA Bath. 2014.
2013 Presentation. ESF Exploratory Workshop Homefor Science: The Anthropology of Tropical and Arctic Field Stations, Finse,Norway.
2013 Parasite group show ShanghaiInternational Science and Art international exhibition (award winner inscience art and technology).
June – July 2013 Parasite soloexhibition Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge. Opening talk and discussion hosted by theCambridge Art and Science Circle.
2013 presentation at the Cambridge Scienceweek, Parasite (with Dr Julian Rayner andDr MaryDobson).
2013 Transpositions, Anglia RuskinGallery, Cambridge
March 2013 Parasite exhibited at Inspace Gallery, EdinburghUniversity Bioinformatics. Presentation at Evaporationof Things Symposium, Inspace.
2012 (October) Bright Ideas Fellowship at the UK ESRC Genomics Forum, Edinburgh University.
2012 Transpositionssolo exhibition, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth.
2011 (ongoing) Artist in Residence withMarine Biology and Ecology Research group, University of Plymouth.
2011 DataUnveiling (with David Strang) exhibited at 'Immersion in ScienceWorlds' exhibition, Exeter, 2011. EU funded project.
2010 DataUnveiling exhibited at the ESPCR (European Society for Pigment CellResearch) conference at the Sanger Institute, Cambridge.
2010 ATRIA installation (withRadix collaborators David Strang and Simon Rundle) at Plymouth UniversityFestival of Research, 20011.
2010 Fish - Eye-I exhibited at ICIA, Bath.Bioscience and Biochemistry,University of Bath
2009 Guest fellowship at the Max PlanckInstitute for the History of Science, Berlin.
2008 Supported by Institute of ContemporaryInterdisciplinary Art and the department of Biosciences at University of Bath,for the project Fish-Eye-I
2008 Images from the series Molecular Laboratory: Re-presenting Time exhibited at theNational Theatre at a Biocentre symposium on ethics.
2007 Phoenix Arts Center solo exhibition Molecular Laboratory: Re-presenting Time.
2006:Funded by The Institute of ContemporaryInterdisciplinary Art (University of Bath) to produce a series of 16 pinholeimages that captured the trace of human presence in the Washington Singer Laboratory.These were exhibited March- June 2006 at ICIA and are now in the collection ofthe University of Bath.
2006 Artist in Residence project with Egenis, Exeter.This included a residency at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (which playeda key role in providing the human genome). This residency provided the basisfor a new body of pinhole photographs that explored the relationship betweenhumans and technology.
2004:Artist in Residence Project with Egenis Genome Research Group, University of Exeter. 3 light box works exploring genetic codification and imagery. These on permanent display at Egenis,Byrne House, University of Exeter.
- Arts Research Collective
- Centre for Media, Art & Design Research (MADr)
Reports & invited lectures
Egenis Artist in Residence
Dialogue with Professor Gabriella Gianachi about development of Sanger Institute Residency
Fish-Eye-I residency University of Bath