Mark Peter Wright
Member / Post-doctoral Researcher 'Listening across Disciplines II'
2019 – present
Mark Peter Wright is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of sound arts, critical theory and education. His practice explores the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of capture: critically and playfully generating debate through installation, performance and writing. His research is an ongoing investigation into the agencies, materialities and constructs embroiled in the capture and mediation of humans and nonhumans, sites and technologies, observers and subjects. Questions that continually drive his work include: how does environmental sound convey complex geopolitical meaning? How can technology and media be practiced with an eco-critical sensitivity and how might ‘we’ listen beyond the human?
As an associate lecturer on the BA and MA Sound Arts courses he has significant experience in designing and leading teaching via experimental workshops, lectures and seminars. He is interested in stress testing listening as a critical, imaginative and interpretive methodology, both in and out of the field; how it can become an operative mode of meaning-making and knowledge production. He has delivered extensive public events and workshops for organizations and institutes in the UK and abroad. Public conference speaking experience includes presenting research papers at Harvard University (USA), University of Copenhagen (DK), Critical Media Lab (CH), University of Stavanger (NO) and British Library (UK). Peer reviewed articles include writing for Interference Journal, Leonardo Music Journal, Evental Aesthetics Journal, Sensate Journal and the Journal of Sonic Studies.
As a practitioner he has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions as well as site-specific locations that include IMT Gallery, Platform A, MIMA, ICA, New York Public Library, Art Licks, The Showroom, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Café Oto, GV Art, Royal Academy of the Arts, TATE and Trinity House Square Dublin. In addition to his own practice-based research Wright collaborates extensively. With Helena Hunter he works under the name Matterlurgy, combining art, science and technology projects across exhibitions, performance and experimental co-labs. With Prof. Salomé Voegelin he co-convenes Points of Listening, a series of public events exploring listening and sound-making as a collaborative and artful form of pedagogy. With Prof. Angus Carlyle he works on projects and performances that explore the relations of listening and recording, nature and aesthetics, site and studio.
Wright is the current post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC funded project Listening Across Disciplines II (CRiSAP, University of the Arts London). Prior to this he completed a Leverhulme Artist in Residence Fellowship with Dr. Michael Gallagher at Manchester Metropolitan University (2017/18), exploring sound listening and the possibility of ‘sensational pedagogy’ in collaboration Dr. David Rousell, Biosocial Research Lab, MMU. He received a PhD in Sound Arts (AHRC funded) from CRiSAP (UAL) in 2015.