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Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation (CAVE)

CAVE was initiated by Dr Sam Belinfante in 2016, in collaboration with staff and students from across the Faculty of Art, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds.

Even though CAVE finds its natural home in Project Space in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, the Centre initiates and supports projects across Yorkshire and nationally, through collaborations with a range of practitioners and institutions.

It is the ambition of CAVE to become the foremost centre for investigations into the ‘audio-visual’ within contemporary art theory and practice. In the year since its launch CAVE has already worked with a wide range of leading academics and practitioners, including composer/performers David Toop and Juliet Fraser as well as the Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz.

CAVE as an acronym, playfully conjures the memory of ancient spaces, environments that have been both carved into the rock and have manifested entirely by chance. Like the enigmatic sites that lay before it, the formation of CAVE is as much the product of existing research structures as it is the carving out of new spaces and methodologies. Vitally however, these enigmatic sites are often cited as both the birthplace of art and of ‘the human’. The radical work of CAVE will necessarily incorporate an archelogy of media and its interconnected modes of thought.

Centre members include academic and PhD students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Music. Partner organisations include Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, The Tetley and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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