Current Research


Ranjana Thapalyal, MRes course leader at the Glasgow School of Art comments that Andrew Welsby, has melded questions of Scottish identity, cybernetics and post-colonial theory by using 'drawing robots' that roll around inside a drum making tiny marks on paper in what seems to become an increasingly deliberate pattern. "The drawing machines have made some very lovely images," explains Thapalyal of the re-routing automatons. "At first the pictures seems to be very intricate, painstaking things, but then you realize they're made by tiny rolling robots. Welsby, I think, exemplifies the fun you can have with research on the MRes. He shows how you can literally answer your questions through your medium. You're not analysing, you're visualising, showing what you mean and understand of the theory." Academia, in other words, becomes art.