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Dr Lindsay Crisp

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Professional biography

I hold a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a MA with Distinction in Cultural and Media Studies from the Open University, for which I was awarded the Pavis Prize in recognition of outstanding work in my dissertation. I am a trained community arts practitioner and began my career as a drama facilitator and mental health support worker before arriving at the Open University. From 2003 I began work as an Associate Lecturer and from 2006, as a Senior Faculty Manager. I joined the Art History department as a Staff Tutor in 2019 and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

I write about contemporary art, materiality, and fragmentation. My doctoral thesis investigates materiality and text as they arise in Michael Landy’s art event Break Down ​(2001), in which the artist systematically destroyed his possessions. I am currently adapting elements of this project for publication as a monograph.

Conference papers

Jun 2019: ‘The manual in Michael Landy’s Break Down’: Languages INTER Networks conference. Lancaster University.

Sept 2017: ‘Fragment / Part / Whole: Matter and Mediality in Michael Landy’s Break Down’. Waste: A Symposium. Birkbeck, University of London.

Jan 2017: 'Michael Landy’s Break Down: Trashing and Transforming’, TRASH conference, Department of English Studies, University of Vienna. Supported via a grant from the competitive Graduate School Fund at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Oct 2016: ‘Writing through the fragments: Ekphrastic encounters with Michael Landy’s Break Down’. Creative Humanities: Thinking, Making and Meaning. AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Supported via a full bursary from the Consortium.

Jun 2011: ‘Michel Landy’s Break Down and the search for the thing’. Materiality and the materials of research: Theory and practice in the humanities. Material Cultures Research Group, The Open University.

Invited speaker

​Jan 2020: ‘Material, process, time: The fragment in Michael Landy’s Break Down’: Literary London Reading Group. University College London.

Teaching interests

I am a member of the module teams for A105: Voices, texts and material culture, and A111: Discovering the arts and humanities, where I coordinate matters relating to tuition. I have been an Associate Lecturer since 2003, and specialise in the teaching and support of beginning-level Open University students. Most recently, I have taught the interdisciplinary Arts modules AA100: The arts past and present and A105: Voices, texts and material culture.

In support of innovative and inclusive teaching at the Open University I regularly contribute to scholarship projects. I am currently acting as sponsor for a project lead by Dr Veronica Davies to investigate strategies for effective online 'gallery visits'. In 2019, I acted as lead researcher for the arts strand of a mixed methods, cross-School scholarship project to investigate the pedagogic implications of synchronous, online teaching within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences particularly in relation to issues of equalities and access.