Victoria Emily Sharples is an artist and PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett University in the School of Art, Architecture and Design. Her doctoral research project, Imperceptible performance in lieu of the art object: a practice-led, environmental, research project, explores conceptual/material-affordances to scrutinise barely perceptible, mesoscopic, phenomena. Informed by the invisible microscopic, and the almost incomprehensible macroscopic, her practice makes comment, however nuanced, on the juncture of this binary; an ‘invisible plane of separation’, as signified by Marcel Duchamp’s infrathin. With reference to eco-centric and anthropocentric thought, and the discourse between human and non-human agency (Hauser, 2006; Barad, 2007; Bennett 2009; Morton, 2013; Shiva, 2014; Davis, 2015; Naess, 2016), her research considers the confluence between the organic (biological) and the machinic (technological). To this end, Sharples often employs a pseudo-scientific approach to working, that includes interdisciplinary, and international collaboration. Sharples’ practice encompasses time-based performance, video, photography, scores, events and sculpture.
Key words // imperceptible, inframince, infrathin, membrane, threshold, interface, tipping point, anthropocene, performance, performativity, materialism, environment, mesoscopic, hyperobject, destruction, construction, pseudo-scientific, experimentation, technological, theological, authorship, agency, autonomy, entropy, cycles, and the scared.