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Charles Danby & Rob Smith, Limelight (2016-20), limelight illumination at Llangattock Kiln, Wales, 2016. Courtesy of the artists.

Charles Danby
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Northumbria University

Charles Danby is a Senior Lecture in Fine Art at Northumbria University. His work is set within discourses of environmental ecologies, site-based arts practices, geo-materiality, and speculative fiction. Current work includes the Polymorphic Carbon Library (2021-ongoing), with collaborator Rob Smith, that negotiates interlacing constituencies of carbon through new carbon technologies, climate emergency, industrial processing and geological and ecological formings. Formed through modular architectures, public assemblies, carbon data sets, machine apparatus, video, archives and field working the Polymorphic Carbon Library operates as a place of action and exchange for carbon. Other projects investigate micro-industrial lime production as a constitution of heritage restoration, Lowick Lime (2017-ongoing), and agencies of chemically transitioning lime through limelight illumination deployed across its own industrial sites of extraction and processing, Limelight (2016-20). Danby is a member of the Collaborative and Curatorial Research Group and of the collective NEUSCHLOSS which examines intersections of exhibition-making with archival practice and arts pedagogy through projects including The Shield and the Stuff (2021-ongoing) and Das Trauman (2015). He has written extensively for arts publications including Frieze, Art Review, Flash Art, Untitled and I-D Magazine, and was editor of Tate Tanks (2012) published for the expansion of Tate Modern in 2012. He retains a painting practice and has curated large-scale international exhibitions including the partial-survey British Art show in Norway, Grand National Art From Britain (2010).
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