BSA Arts Researcher in Residency
We are very pleased to announce that the BSA Arts Researcher in Residency (BSA/UAL partnership) has been offered to Joshua Whitaker.
Joshua Whitaker is an artist, writer, and PhD researcher based at Central St Martins, UAL. His theoretical and artistic work draw on research into, and re-writing of, the un-filmed script for ‘St Paul’ (2014) by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The practical work comprises a re-writing of the script for ‘St Paul’, presented as a bookwork and film narrating a contemporary version of St Paul’s life. This work places St Paul’s thought within a contemporary moment to re-evaluate an experience of place, historical time, and an eschatological moment— the ‘end time’ of history. The work uses, and develops, the nascent field of ‘scriptology’ —a mode of screenwriting— which seeks to forefront the script as an ‘autonomous literary object’. His theoretical work draws on Walter Benjamin’s ideation of ‘messianic time’ to furnish a methodology of scripting, location, and translation. And ask whether certain locations have a ‘sensibility of place’, from which historic energies which can be recalled into the present, and by this action, open new potential within the future.