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Hester Reeve

Artist in Residence

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Address Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts c/o Department of Philosophy
King’s College London




Hester Reeve gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Northumbria University which included a formative year of study at The Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduating she lived and worked abroad in a variety of artistic contexts most notably in former Czechoslovakia where she volunteered with environmental NGOs under the auspices of the Institute of Cultural Affairs eventually setting up an independent oral history project. Upon her return to the UK, Reeve set up innovative teaching sessions and artistic projects at HMP Lancaster Castle before entering the academy. She is currently Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • The relationship between art & philosophy
  • The figure of the artist as a type of agent; art as operation
  • Conceptual personae
  • Live Art and its documentation
  • David Bohm Dialogue
  • The suffragette as a militant artist

Hester Reeve’s practice explores art as a species of philosophical agency, invested first and foremost in the task of radical thinking in order to affect new approaches to subject-hood, uses of artistic mediums and behaviours for the artist.

Selected publications
  • The Stoned Tongue, Performing Situated Knowledges: Space, Time, Vulnerability (7th Annual New Materialisms conference), Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2016
  • Live Code, Live Art and the BwO Dissection, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2016
  • Of sound in the Landing Page Philosophy on Stage No. 4, Halle G, Tanzquartier, Vienna, 2015
  • YmedacaYorkshire Sculpture Park, 2012-4 (project publication, Ymedaca, 2015)
  • The Working Table of the Emily Davison Lodge 2010-3& co-curator of Sylvia Pankhurst BP Display, Tate Britain, 2013-4
  • All practical and conceptual aspects of the creation of art
  • Live Art and its documentation
  • The theory of fine art
  • The relationship between art & philosophy
  • David Bohm Dialogue
Expertise and public engagement

Hester Reeve is co-founder of The Emily Davison Lodge, an associate of Prison Dialogue and a member of Performance Philosophy international research network.


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