Born in November 1979 in Aldershot, UK.

I grew up in Northumberland, and following periods in Devon and Newcastle, I've lived in Reading since 2006.

 

I'm an artist working with photography (often double-exposure photography), as well as video and found objects. I'm also an academic with a record of publications in the fields of film, photography, art, literature, theatre and music. These days my research interests are increasingly concerned with social and critical theory, psychoanalysis, and mysticism. I currently teach in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

everything seemed to be listening (part two - all new work), Fine Foundation Gallery, Swanage, Sep-Oct, 2018

everything seemed to be listening, Rye Creative Centre, Rye, East Sussex, June 9-30, 2017

GRANTS/AWARDS:

September 2019: Culture Fund Grant awarded by Oxford City Council - £1k.

August 2019: Project Grant awarded by Arts Council England - £13k.

May 2018: Project Grant awarded by Arts Council England - £11k.

May 2018: Grant awarded by the Fine Family Foundation - £1k.

November 2016: Grant for the Arts awarded by Arts Council England - £15k.

September 2006: Postgraduate Research Studentship awarded by University of Reading - £37k + fees.

EDUCATION:

PhD in Film and Fine Art - University of Reading, 2011.

MA (Distinction) Modern and Contemporary Literature and Film - University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2006.

BA (Hons) Media Arts - University of Plymouth, 2003.

PUBLICATIONS:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

 

Foster, D. (2014), ‘Threshold Faces: The Physiognomy of Comédie’, Moving Image Review and Art Journal, 3:2, pp. 194-207. ISSN: 2045-6298.

 

Foster, D. (2013), ‘Danse Macabre: Comédie’s Cinematic Antecedents’, Studies in European Cinema, 10:2, pp. 89-102. ISSN: 1741-1548.

 

Foster, D. (2013), ‘Between Beyonds: Play’s Urns and their Exhabitants’, Samuel Beckett Today /Aujourd’hui, 25, pp. 213-25. ISSN: 0927-3131.

 

Foster, D. (2012), ‘Spatial Aesthetics in the Film Adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Comédie’, Screen, 53:2, pp. 105-17. ISSN: 0036-9543.

 

Foster, D. (2012), ‘Becoming Present, Becoming Absent: Movement and Visual Form in the Film Adaptation of Comédie’, Journal of Beckett Studies, 21:2, pp. 157-80. ISSN: 0309-5207.

 

Book Chapters:

 

Foster, D. (2014), ‘Atonality and Eternity: The Musical Language of Comédie’, in SJ. Bailes and N. Till (eds.), Beckett and Musicality (Farnham: Ashgate Press), pp. 85-105.

 

Foster, D. (2013), ‘The Artist-Photographer and the Problem of Commentary’, in R. Miller, J. Carson and T. Wilkie (eds.), The Reflexive Photographer (Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc), pp. 227-61.

 

Book Reviews:

Foster, D. (2019), Review of Photography, Trace and Trauma by Margaret Iversen, Visual Studies, 34:2, pp. 209-10. ISSN: 1472-586X.

Foster, D. (2018), Review of Samuel Beckett and Cinema by Anthony Paraskeva, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 15.1, pp. 146-9. ISSN: 1743-4521.

 

Foster, D. (2014), Review of Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art by Colin Gardner, Screen, 55:3, pp. 432-5. ISSN: 0036-9543.

 

Photographic publications:

Foster, D. and G. Dickinson (2020), towards a premise (Inside The Outside zine vol. 4) (photography and poetry).

Foster, D. (2016), The Damn Interior: In the Shades of Mark Linkous (Reading: Detopia Books). ISBN: 978-0-9576736-3-2. (photography and poetry).

 

Foster, D. (2015), Under the Transit of Saturn (Reading: Detopia Books). ISBN: 978-0-9576736-2-5.

 

Foster, D. (2015), Detopia: Volume Two (Reading: Detopia Books). ISBN: 978-0-9576736-1-8.

 

Foster, D. (2013), Detopia: Volume One (Reading: Detopia Books). ISBN: 978-0-9576736-0-1.

TEACHING:

2017 – present: Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading.

2011 – 2012: Course Tutor in Film Studies, Workers' Educational Associaton.

2007 – 2010: Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES:

July 2018: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Dorset, UK.

April 2012 - June 2012: Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper, NY, USA.

FEATURES ON MY WORK:

June 2020: Featured Photographer in On Landscape issue 208

October 2017: everything seemed to be listening featured on Inside the Outside.

January 2012: Detopia featured in Artvehicle issue 60.

GROUP SHOWS and WORK IN GALLERIES:

Five works from everything seemed to be listening on show at L'Artishe Gallery, Dorset, 2018

Eight works from everything seemed to be listening on show at Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex, 2017-18

Three works from everything seemed to be listening on show at Avocet Gallery, East Sussex, 2017-18

Spectrum, PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2016

Sixty, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London, 2016

COLLECTIONS:

My work is held in numerous private collections in both the UK and the USA.

TALKS, WORKSHOPS, EVENTS:

September 2018: Photography workshops with A-level photography students and DoE scheme participants.

September 2018: In conversation with David Southwell, Durlston Country Park, Dorset.

September 2018: Conscious Photography Workshop, Durlston Country Park, Dorset.

June 2017: A walk and talk around Nash Country: a guided 'photowalk' and lecture in Rye and Iden, East Sussex.

June 2017: In conversation with Dave McKean, Rye Creative Centre, Rye, East Sussex.

June 2017: 'On the Spirit of Nash Country' - a talk given at Rye Creative Centre, Rye, East Sussex.