Infrastructural Cosiness: At Home in the Network
My PhD aims to rethink the spatial and ideological form of the home, focusing on life within the contemporary city; the point at which the domestic meets the urban; and the role of networked technology and smart objects or appliances in mediating ‘the social’ within these environments. At the core of my investigation is an exploration of how the infrastructures of global space and technology shape and interact with the everyday: what we do in the world individually and in relation to each other, and the agency or privacy afforded to us.
Laura is an artist and researcher based in London. Her practice spans video, sculpture, performance and events; and explores the relationship between domestic and urban space; the body, and how our everyday lives are affected by global networks and flows. Alongside gallery-based exhibitions, she has organised several projects that filter into the everyday, commercial spaces that her work engages with. For example, Comfort Zones was a series of symposia held in the showrooms of various IKEA stores throughout the UK and China. Laura has exhibited and screened internationally at venues including nGbK (Berlin); Apexart (New York); Blackwood Gallery (Toronto); Tate Britain (London); Mauve (Vienna); t-space (Milan); Recent Activity (Birmingham); Collective (Edinburgh); and undertaken residencies with Temporary Art Platform (Beirut), IOAM (Beijing) and The White Building (London). In 2015 she was an Associate Artist with Open School East, London.