Karel Doing is a PhD student at London College of Communication studying Expanded Cinema and its possible connections to the natural environment, his thesis title is Ambient poetics and critical posthumanism in expanded cinema. He tells us about his recent performances and what it’s like to be a PhD student.
Karel is a practice-based student, so will produce a thesis of up to 100,000 words and practice-based work. Karel has chosen to produce several works, one, a performance combining film with live elements. Karel says exhibiting his work has helped his PhD,
Performance can only exist in real time and also, it is a practice that is unstable, deliberately open to change. To develop my performance it was essential to perform it publicly several times, which I have done with considerable success.
He is still developing some work for his PhD which he has not yet shown, but regarding the performance it was important to test it and receive feedback from a diverse audience. Karel’s work has been performed in 4 countries and there are performances planned in 2 further countries, so he will have shown his work in 6 countries, over 8 performances.
Pattern/Chaos, taken during Eksperimentālā Kino Vakari organised by Ieva Balode in Riga, Latvia, photos by Kristīne Madjare.