Adam Brown is Senior Lecturer in Photography at LSBU, appointed in September 2015. A graduate of Fine Art at Gwent under Roy Ascott, he has been successively Course Leader for BA(Hons) Photography and Media Arts at UCA Maidstone, Lecturer in Photography at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia and Curriculum Manager for Media and Digital Arts, Performing Arts and Humanities at Working Men’s College, Camden, where he established the Media Foundation course. From 2000-2005 he was Facilities Manager for Photofusion in Brixton. He was member of the Critical Spatial Practices and Arts/Science/Culture research clusters at UCA, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Adam Brown’s publications and conference presentations expand on a long-standing interest in the politics of the photographic representation of the built environment. Recently he has explored the nature of digital renderings of new architecture, applying concepts from photographic critique to images of buildings not yet constructed, and exploring how attempts to image a future ‘real’ are linked to cultural, ideological, and economic constructions of past and future. He has published in the journals Etropic, Philosophy of Photography and recently in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, in the latter paper drawing links between fluid collectivities of people, stones and pixels in the events of the 2011 Greek street protests and their wider economic and social context. Brown is also interested in ways of exploring the potential of new media forms to enrich learning by expanding the critical pedagogical project to include technological artefacts and practices. Papers emerge from his ongoing reflective practice, advancing by working through uncomfortable moments during teaching when either a disconnect or overidentification between human and machine generates a critical potentiality. His work as a practicing artist explores the potential of the physical properties of media forms to stimulate performative, social and haptic events and encounters. Often the staging of deliberately perverse collisions of material and meaning feed back into his teaching practice.