Caitlin Shepherd

“The more radically I get it wrong when imaging the analog of your inner state in myself, the less I succeed in understanding yours. The less I succeed in understanding yours, the more the coordination of our actions must depend on convention or force or detailed verbal agreement”

︎ Adrian Piper, 1991, p.726

“The most Gothic description of Capital is also the most accurate. Capital is an abstract parasite, an insatiable vampire and zombie- maker; but the living flesh it converts into dead labor is ours, and the zombies it makes are us.”

︎ Mark Fisher, 2009, p.19

“It seems that there are at least two ways of thinking of listening in terms of political action: listening together with others in order to become aware of your own conditions…and listening as a willingness to change them through collective effort. The willingness can be actualised in terms of political organising, protesting or simply getting involved in some kind of social struggle…”

︎ Lucia Farinati & Claudia Firth, 2017,p.21

I'm an artist, researcher and educator.  I use print design, sound installations and built structures to explore and listen to personal stories of everyday life, with particular interest in lived experiences of class identity, precarity and economic inequality.  I have a background in socially engaged art and activism. Alongside working as an artist, I’ve co-founded and directed award winning campaigns at This is Rubbish (2010 - 2015) and worked as a campaigner at Oxfam (2012 - 14).

I'm a PhD candidate at UWE DCRC, part of the 3d3 consortium. My praxis examines how working-class experience is excluded from socially engaged art (and the creative industries at large), and how convivial listening practices might help to better understand and address such exclusions.

Through my praxis, I evaluate meeting-listening processes as a method of challenging exclusory tendencies of the art world and society at large. I’m interested in how we listen, where we listen, the affective potential of listening to each other, and if listening to marginalized working-class voices has social impact, and value.

I see teaching as an integral part of my creative praxis. It’s a space where I get to explore new ideas, apply my ideas, and enter dialogue with, and learn from students and peers. I draw on slow design and participatory learning principles, using teaching and learning methods such as critical reflection, engaged pedagogy, and sharing stories of everyday life. I’m have a PgCert distinction in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication (2021).

Alongside my praxis, I'm unit leader and lecturer in contextual and theoretical studies at LCC, University of the Arts London. I also tutor on the Interaction Design Communication MA at LCC. I was recently (2020) academic lead on the Shared Campus Summer School, Hacking Global Pop Icons. Outside of, but related to my praxis, I’m involved with setting up a housing co-op in mid-Wales.