School of Art and Design
An artist and writer, Professor Chris Braddock teaches and supervises in the postgraduate department of the School of Art and Design and focuses on practice-led PhD projects in the areas of art, design and performance.
This is complemented by his research into philosophies of art, performance and spirituality that explores concepts of performance and ritual, performance and silence and the concepts of animism and animacies.
Professor Braddock’s journey to AUT included postgraduate study in Paris and London – at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London and exhibitions of his work in both Paris and Milan.
Touching people's lives through teaching and helping them find a more defined sense of direction, is one of the ways he measures success. Chris considers supervising candidates through the challenging PhD pathway as the best part of his role at AUT.
Among his recent successes are the publication of his solo-authored book in 2013 Performing Contagious Bodies, published by Palgrave Macmillan in London. In the same year his performance and sculpture was included in Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art curated by Amelia Jones in Montréal. Memberships and outreach include The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) and Performance Studies International (PSi) while at AUT he leads the Art & Performance Research Group that brings together some of our higher degree MPhil and PhD candidates interested in discipline crossovers in art, design and performance.
In 2015 his performance with livestream (Repeating Silence) was selected for ‘Performing Mobilities’ as part of Performance Studies International (PSi#21) in Melbourne.
Chris is currently working on an edited book titled Animism, Animacies and Material Vitality in Art & Performance. In developing this publication, a world class group of scholars were joined by AUT doctoral candidates and other staff for a writing workshop in a what Chris describes as an ‘extraordinary nexus of teaching and research that confirmed the ability for this type of research to enable higher degree cultures to blossom’.
When not researching and teaching, Chris enjoys cooking and is learning about gardening.