Liv Pennington

Student Researcher, UCA Rochester

Research Student, School of Communication Design

Research Project Title
I am not Content: contesting domestic photography’s management of a female image through a practice-based investigation.

Research Project Summary
Liv Pennington’s practice-based research addresses the hypothesis that women’s visibility is being limited by the way that women’s images and information is being shared (Tifentale and Manovich 2016), stored (Sarvas and Frohlich 2011) and circulated (Dean 2005, Steyerl 2009).

This in itself is not a new idea, but the pervasive personalisation of search engines and filter algorithms (Pariser 2011) combined with the move towards operating in real time when online (Lovink 2011) introduces dynamics that we have not had to deal with before.

In the current digital age, we are really just at the beginning of the phenomena of online personalisation spilling out onto the ‘real world’ streets, through smart billboards, geo-responsive websites and augmented virtual reality apps, and the impact of this on the construction of one’s identity is just beginning to be considered (Pariser 2011).

Liv’s project will examine the relationship between personalisation and circulating imagery in constructing and regulating a female identity through the production of art works and analysis of selected case studies.

Personal Profile
Liv Pennington started her part-time PhD practice based research project in 2015. She is an artist – curator - project manager and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2003) and Middlesex University (1997).

Her work has been exhibited nationally in selected group exhibitions at The Lisson Gallery, Jerwood Space, Format Festival, Towner Gallery and internationally at Bild Museet (Sweden), Orebro Open Art (Sweden), and Oslo Kunsthall (Norway). Her work is held in a number of private collections and public collection. 

Liv has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster on BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice since 2010 and works as a freelance arts project manager for the Folkestone Fringe and Creative Foundation (Triennial 2017).

Dr Camille Baker

Francis Summers
Professor Jean Wainwright

Further information

Liv's website