Graham Lister MFA, MA (Art History)

Job Title:

PhD Research Student




Charing X 1 (+55° 52' 3.02", -4° 16' 16.34")
Travel, consideration of time and traversing spaces

Charing X 1 (+55° 52' 3.02", -4° 16' 16.34")


Graham Lister

The Altermodern Everyday

Supervisor: Dr Ross Birrell, Ross Sinclair

My Practice-Led Research focuses on developing a new way of understanding the contemporary everyday through the lens of the emerging concept of altermodernism.

Conceived in its socio-economic context by Michel Hardt and Antonio Negri (Empire, 2000 and Commonwealth, 2009), and also utilised in the work of Nicolas Bourriaud (Relational Aesthetics, 1998/2001, Postproduction, 2001 and Altermodern, 2009) the term altermodern describes an era related to both modernist hierarchies and anti-modernist critiques of Eurocentric organisation, but extending beyond existing boundaries of power relations and resistance. Altermodernism designates a period which embraces the dynamic and creative possibilities supposedly inherent in a contemporary society built upon interconnecting lines of communication.

This research project combines an existing understanding of place and space within the everyday, as discussed by Henri Lefebvre (The Critique of Everyday Life, 1961) and Michel de Certeau (The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984), with material which considers the changing nature of the physicality of existence in an increasingly information-centric era.

By using Bourriaud’s thinking regarding the artist as homo viator, and the possibilities of instantaneous travel through constellations of interconnected nodes, an improved understanding of the contemporary everyday and our changing engagement with the momentary present can be reached. The work of Leo Charney (Empty Moments: Cinema, Modernity and Drift, 1998), offers the starting point for an initial body of work relating to the act of recording a journey along former U.S Highway, Route 66.

Early works are made up of multiple views and meditations on spaces. The combination of painted articulations, photographs and screen captures from the now ubiquitous Google Street View mapping software, creates an oscillation between the idea of physical travel, the consideration of a moment in time, and the notion of virtually traversing spaces.