Dr. Raphael Jay Adjani F.R.S.A FHEA

Completed PhD - Towards a Deep Ecology of Art, Technology and Being - an ontological investigation with particular reference to the rock-cut edifices of Ellora, India, and Tadao Ando’s Water Temple.

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Raphael Jay Adjani has been working as an artist and as an academic.

As an academic most recently at Goldsmiths, University of London, 2000-2012, he undertook practical and theoretical post-doctoral level research, which has had international dissemination in galleries, centres of art and academic fora.

Raphael undertook his doctorate within the TrAIN research centre, supervised by Toshio Watanabe, Deborah Cherry and Julian Stair. Thesis Title: Towards a Deep Ecology of Art, Technology and Being
- an ontological investigation with particular reference to the rock-cut edifices of Ellora, India, and Tadao Ando’s Water Temple.

Raphael’s personal art work concerns not the art object primarily but about the potential for creation of what might be described as a ‘sublime’ world that manifests in an ephemeral space between an art object and a spectator’s experiencing of it; where art works come into being through the ‘play’, interaction and immersion of others.

His art concerns how we inter-act socially, with the world around us. He creates little worlds – special spaces or places – to contact our playful nature, our imagination, and our feelings about the significance and the sacredness of our lives and our relationships. These relationships are as much to do with our relationship with others, as they are with objects, and with ourselves.

Raphael’s work relates to perceptions of Nature, about how we may connect with and re-think Nature. It re-conceives classical Buddhist and Tantric art in contemporary form; elicits notions of daily life as art; and stimulates particular ecological dynamics of the human being in relation to environment.

His practice is trans-disciplinary, intermedia, and single form: spanning the disciplines/forms of: internet art; video; combined media installation; film; site-specific, land, and environmental art; performance/live art; design; architecture; sound; dance; theatre; creative writing. His interests span also the notion of ‘education as art’ where the nature and dynamic of the art school itself is conceived as the art. Details of his works can be seen via the website link below.

Raphael Jay Adjani

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