Robin Kirsten

Robin Kirsten
Royal College of Art | RCA · School of Fine Art

Master of Arts

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Introduction
Robin Kirsten works at the School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art, where he does practice-based research in Visual Arts. His current practice focuses on Brancusi’s studio in Paris, and Brancusi’s series of photographs from the 1950’s of his original studio. He utilizes his own studio as a testing ground to experiment with objects and their relations to each other, through photography, collage, sculptures and cut-up texts. The framework for these works are based within the central tenet of the Holographic Paradigm, which states that the whole is accessible through the part. The circle, sphere, orb, whole, hole, disc etc., is a dominant form in his research and stands as a cypher, to express some of the abstract qualities of the Paradigm, and its potential as a generator for new work.
Additional affiliations
February 2019 - February 2019
University of Southampton
Position
  • Group Leader
Education
September 2005 - August 2007
Goldsmiths, University of London
Field of study
  • Fine Art Studio Practice
September 2002 - August 2005
Goldsmiths, University of London
Field of study
  • History of Art and Fine Art

Publications

Publications (10)
Preprint
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An experimental essay that develops my research interest in the Monad, as a tool for making sense of Renzo Piano's L' Atelier Brancusi, Paris. In this work I pay attention to marginalia, obliquus, as well as syphoning, which is a method of extracting texts tangentially aligned with the main framework of the essay. This as a reference to Walter Benj...
Article
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This essay thinks through world making, and is structured around the line 'The Beginning of a World', linking itself to Constantin Brancusi's sculpture 'Le commencement du Monde' (1920).
Experiment Findings
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Using an architectural plan of the family home I expanded various points using a compass to redesign the structure to create a museum of opening doors.
Experiment Findings
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The Artist in a Black Suit Developed out of ‘Nine forms of instant research, with and without two chairs’ (2017), these photographs include the figure as an object in the studio, whose relations between other objects can be said to be infinite. Any number of placements of objects, and their position according to the frame, is possible. Double exp...
Experiment Findings
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The following series of 5 images used pages removed from a book on historical artefacts incorporated into a museum collection. Along the edges and surface of each object I identified points of data comprised of the dots that are formed during the lithographic process of producing the book. Those bits of data were expanded by using a compass to dr...
Data
A series of photographic works of notes from my studio that form a scaffold for more notes from my studio, in an effort to continue to continue.
Experiment Findings
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Twelve suits, some of which are black. By transforming each person into a monad wearing a suit, I was able to remove each objects figuration, and focus instead on their suits. Each suit is a count-for-one, and functions as a place holder for another idea. The suit stands in for figuration, but maintains each objects ability to form relations acro...
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Nine forms of instant research, with and without two chairs. These polaroids, from 2017, record a series of moves using objects in the studio, and show how the relations between the objects can always be altered. The implication is that there may be an infinite number of relations, halted by the total number of film sheets available in the camera’...
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Part of a series of experiments that worked over found images to foreground data within the image. In this example the page was divided equally to identify each measured point, and the at each point a circle was drawn and filled in. With each subsequent line moving upwards, one circle was omitted until there were none.
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A short essay looking at the idea of 'love'