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quinten.edward.williams@gmail.com

My work is focussed on the emergent processes that lead to the formation of cities. It is estimated that at least 60% of humanity will live in urban habitats by 2030. These habitats have order, but they are also filled with randomness and uncertainty, and they are changing at breakneck speed. With large rural populations in Sub Sahara Africa, urbanisation will likely continue to create substantial shifts within society, and with how we make places.

Navigating a way through this complexity means to sense and work with the nuanced relationships that emerge between the social, the somatic, the site, and handled material. It requires a maneuverability of critical thinking, and maneuverability of work in practice. It also requires a specificity to particular contexts: people and society; places and spaces; processes and systems; materials and structures. Disciplinary cross-pollination allows for adaptive and relevant responses to contexts to emerge.

I look at the interplay of the human and non-humans. This interplay is the movement that form cities, and it contains the opportunity for growth. In the past I have moved between art, research, facilitation, writing, consultation, project conceptualisation, and implementation. The professionals I have worked with are sociologists, public health researchers, creative writers and artists, architects, and activists.

Notes on methodology: Migration, social inquiry, assemblage, collaboration, and problem-solving

Improving problem-solving ability in designers and spatial practitioners (2017-2019)

At the heart of the design I believe is a curiosity in the world, and the will to identify, and…

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Reflections on MoVE | method:visual:explore (2015 – 2019)

Over the last several years I have worked on a number of arts-based research projects. These projects participatory arts-based methods…

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The Jeppe street story project and socio-material networks (2011)

Jeppe Street in Johannesburg is a dynamic area in the CBD with many Ethiopian and Eritrean owned shops. We conducted…

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Arts-based research: Environments, movement, and complexity

Movement and its limitation within an environment (2017)

Movement and its limitation within an environment responds to the vibrancy of partaking in an assemblage, and to the ambivalence of…

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In interruptions there is life (2015)

The painting object, its combinations with other objects, create visual-spatial propositions on the emergence of environments. This is not of…

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Chaos and turbulence in a moment of change (2015)

Chaos describes the sensitivity of a system to the effect of permutations to the initial conditions of that system. It…

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Pendent: Undecided, but waiting on top of an overhang (2015)

The art-making process occurs as a mediation process between materials, concepts, and lived experiences. I find this process one that…

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Outflow: Planned or unplanned, but turbulent (2015)

While working on Outflow I was less concerned with imaging a place in terms of geographic co-ordinates, and more in…

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Painterly accumulations off the wall (2014)

Paintings have the ability to make you recognise an aspect of the world. It is a recognition that is beyond…

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An uncertain encounter outside a corner shop (2013)

A painting is made through a materially embedded thinking process. In this exhibition, however, I had some questions for myself: What can…

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Some combinations in a complex environment (2012)

Artistic production can be understood as multimodal material interactions in complex environments, and can be a site of research alongside theoretical production. In Some…

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