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Quinten Edward Williams

A practice between art, design, and research

Archive of projects (2008 – 2024)

This archive is of completed projects spanning artwork and art exhibitions, arts-based workshops, lecturing, research, exhibition design, publication design, user experience and web design, as well as the studies and qualifications I completed over the period.

Overview: Intertwining projects

The world is changing at a breakneck speed: Rapid innovation and urbanisation alongside simultaneous resource abundance and scarcity in global economies have created substantial changes within society, and with how we make places and spaces. These shifts will continue to change the way we live and work. It is within this context that I chose a path in art, design and research.

At the core of my work is the investigation of the interplay of human and non-humans bodies in non-linear relationships. The formation of spaces and the relationship between humans and those spaces constitutes an interplay of forces, a movement of objects, organisms, people and intentions. At different scopes of investigation these interactions are systems that might display simple properties individually but combine to form complex wholes. In this world of non-linearities and the resultant emergence, and the constant interplay between what is known, unknown or uncertain, our human interaction remains subject to revision, change, adaptation or transformation. Understanding this interplay is crucial for creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, inclusive, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people who inhabit or interact with them.

Art and design are two disciplines that help humanity make sense of their surroundings, see possible futures not yet imagined, and forge these possibilities into realities. These are disciplines that generate conversation, thinking and making, and in my practice are intertwined with research processes. This website is a portfolio of my work as a creative practitioner. It documents collaborations that I have undertaken and the contributions I have made in the interdisciplinary field of spatial practice.

Artwork, exhibitions and studio practice

Environments, movement, complexity, making-thinking through art

Paintings, sculpture, and prints offer a way to think about, feel through, and create instances of movement in the world. My artwork are formal arrangements of observed or hypothetical moments from complex environments. These works come together in installations: meaning is created between the relationship of works through an emergent viewing experience that involves the viewer. My investigation through art is in the movements that make urban-rural environments, the humans relation to notions of nature and artifice, and the inherent uncertainty of interaction in the world of moving bodies.

Artwork, exhibitions and studio practice

Environments, movement, complexity, making-thinking through art

Paintings, sculpture, and prints offer a way to think about, feel through, and create instances of movement in the world. My artwork are formal arrangements of observed or hypothetical moments from complex environments. These works come together in installations: meaning is created between the relationship of works through an emergent viewing experience that involves the viewer. My investigation through art is in the movements that make urban-rural environments, the humans relation to notions of nature and artifice, and the inherent uncertainty of interaction in the world of moving bodies.

Interdisciplinary design

Incorporating the social, somatic and environmental in a design practice

In a complex world there are often more than one way to solve a problem. Design offers tools and processes that employed to address specific challenges and meet particular needs. Unpinning the creation and testing of design concepts however are the design processes that pose questions, empathise, analyse, and synthesise. Design offers a way to influence the experience a user or audience with an object, process or a space. Good design enhances the appeal and usability of a product, service, or organisation. My design work is influenced by my knowledge and experience in art, visual, spatial, graphic and web design, research, facilitation, consultation, project conceptualisation, and project implementation. The people I work with and think with are artists, designers, product owners, sociologists, anthropologists, public health researchers, and activists.

Interdisciplinary design

Incorporating the social, somatic and environmental in a design practice

In a complex world there are often more than one way to solve a problem. Design offers tools and processes that employed to address specific challenges and meet particular needs. Unpinning the creation and testing of design concepts however are the design processes that pose questions, empathise, analyse, and synthesise. Design offers a way to influence the experience a user or audience with an object, process or a space. Good design enhances the appeal and usability of a product, service, or organisation. My design work is influenced by my knowledge and experience in art, visual, spatial, graphic and web design, research, facilitation, consultation, project conceptualisation, and project implementation. The people I work with and think with are artists, designers, product owners, sociologists, anthropologists, public health researchers, and activists.

Writing, lecturing and studies

Thoughts about design and arts-based social research methodology and output

Writing is an important aspect of the reflexive praxis of my working life. All of my projects have incorporated practice-based research within the process in some way or another, and I have explored the practice-based research through a written theoretical capacity in some of them. This has been critical in explicating the contextual and conceptual underpinnings of my work. This body of words consists of project reports, dissertations, blog entries, and courses. It is a step removed from working in a specific art or design project, but it provides insights into my art, design, and research.

Writing, lecturing and studies

Thoughts about design and arts-based social research methodology and output

Writing is an important aspect of the reflexive praxis of my working life. All of my projects have incorporated practice-based research within the process in some way or another, and I have explored the practice-based research through a written theoretical capacity in some of them. This has been critical in explicating the contextual and conceptual underpinnings of my work. This body of words consists of project reports, dissertations, blog entries, and courses. It is a step removed from working in a specific art or design project, but it provides insights into my art, design, and research.

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