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Photograph: Julian Hughes

Emma Smith: Public Domestic (Lessons on Living)


Working with a core group of students, Emma developed a series of ‘Lessons in Living’, delivered in a variety of domestic environments on campus (including a halls kitchen, a laundry room, a dining hall and a common room) which explored life in halls of residence and the social and practical processes students undergo as they learn to live with others.  During each session a list of key rules and approaches were drawn up, from which Emma has developed a number of screen prints which are to be permanently sited in the locations where the Lessons on Living sessions took place.

Following on from the Lessons on Living sessions Emma went on to develop a life-size board game which was presented within the University’s historic Cayley Dining Hall.  Modelled on the aesthetics of kitchen floor tiles, this giant board game, titled Public Domestic, provided a meeting point or framework for two or more players to collectively find a way off the board.  Working to a set of instructions, which were written up on a large black-board, and occasionally assisted by people watching from the side-lines equipped with a tannoy, the players would start from the centre of the ‘board’, and through a process of discussion and negotiation they would attempt to identify differences with each other, which once established would allow them to move across the board. The ‘game’ was only completed when all the players had left the board.  Public Domestic will be presented again in the autumn as part of Freshers fortnight.

Emma Smith is an artist based in London, she has a social and site-specific practice that is both research and production based. Using an inter-disciplinary approach including events, performance, participation, sound and text, her work explores the relationship of people and place.

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