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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 Saharan 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.

Research and lecturing: Design and arts-based social research methodology and output

Subject development and lecturing: Improving problem-solving ability in designers and spatial practitioners (2017-2019)

At the heart of the design is a curiosity in the world, and the will to identify, and solve problems.…

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Reflections on theoretical dimensions of the MoVE Project (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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Research on method and methodology in Volume 44 (2013 – 2014)

Volume 44 was a participatory photography project produced with migrant men, women and transgender sex workers in Johannesburg and Musina.…

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Masters research project, titled Some Combinations: Praxis, Multimodal Art Research, and Complex Environments (2010 – 2014)

My Master's Degree in Fine Arts was taken at the University of the Witwatersrand. For this degree, I developed a…

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Research contribution regarding socio-material networks in the Jeppe street story project (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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Interdisciplinary design: Incorporating social, somatic and environmental thinking

Publication design for participatory arts-based projects (2016 – 2019)

The series of publications created by the MoVE Project at the Africa Centre for Migration and Society have staked a…

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Arts-based social research project planning, workshop facilitation, and production (2015 – 2019)

I have contributed to the conceptual development and operational dimensions of a range of arts-based projects through specialised service delivery…

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Curatorial and visual-spatial design services for social researchers (2015 – 2019)

Social research is intended, in some way or another, for public consumption. Social research projects (like Bua Modiri, Nelspruit Poster…

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Public infrastructure artwork and situated design process (2009)

With more than 200 public art projects rolled out in the Johannesburg CBD alone, at a collective price tag of…

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Art exhibitions and studio practice: Environments, movement, complexity, making-thinking

Interruption: Imaging a sense of place (2018)

What happens when human and non-human bodies interrupt one another? Forces clash and they shape or re-shape parts of our…

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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 interruption 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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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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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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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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Machine (2011)

With this mural I reconfigured snippets of a series of movement through a city using public transport infrastructure: taxis, trains,…

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Environments (2009)

We humans and our force in the world are no more than a natural occurrence. Through these painting-drawings I explore…

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Nature and Artifice (2008)

This exhibition was a shape-shifting movement through an environments. The viewer gained access to a world made of fragmented interactions,…

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Documentation of individual artworks: Paintings, prints and drawings

Paintings (2008 – 2017)

When painting, one applies paint to a support, using a range off tools, like brushes, knives, rags, sponges and so…

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Prints (2012 – 2017)

The printmaking process is based on the principle of transferring ink from one marked surface to a receiving surface, thereby…

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