Kevin Hunt

Kevin Hunt

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design

Role

Kevin is a core member of the Design, Culture and Context (DCC) team and Module Leader for DCC Level 4/First Year Undergraduates. The DCC module teaches cultural theory and contextual studies to students studying for degrees in BA (Hons) Textile Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design, and BA (Hons) Fashion Accessories Design. In addition to leading the DCC Module at Level 4, Kevin teaches and assesses DCC at Levels 5 and 6.

Kevin also teaches on the Postgraduate MA course in Culture, Style and Fashion and contributes to the MA course Magazine Journalism.

He was previously a member of the College Degrees Research Committee (CDRC) and is currently a member of the Library Advisory Board and the Ethics Committee for Undergraduate DCC projects.

Kevin supervises PhD students within his research area as Director of Studies and on Supervisory Teams. He is member of the Health and Wellbeing Research Group and the Creative and Virtual Technologies Research Lab

Career overview

Kevin holds a BA (Hons) in Film and Literature from The University of Warwick and a Masters in Film Studies from The University of Nottingham, which included a strong focus upon modern urban culture and a conceptual/cinematic study titled ‘Mapping the City on Film’.

He completed his doctoral thesis, titled ‘American Graphologies’, funded by a Sir Francis Hill Scholarship for three years full-time study at The University of Nottingham. Kevin's thesis focused upon the use of text (both legible and illegible) within American art and graphic design, analyzing work by artists and designers such as the members of the ‘Ashcan School', Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock, Mark Tobey, Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, and many others.

Kevin worked full-time as a post-doctoral Research Fellow in Fashion, Communication and Promotion at NTU for one year. He then taught part-time in the Graphic Design department at NTU while also lecturing and co-convening a module at The University of Nottingham. Kevin became a full-time Lecturer in Design, Culture and Context at NTU in 2010.

Kevin completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) with distinction and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Kevin previously worked for a Literary, Film and Theatre Agency in Central London and taught within the American Studies department at The University of Nottingham.

Research areas

Kevin’s research focuses upon eyes, sight and the senses, often exploring connections between science and culture. Key areas include cross-sensory transfer between diverse media (such as how the sensory experience of a film can inspire the material form and ‘feel’ of a fashion collection); research focussing upon perceptual and experiential issues within art and design, such as crossmodality, synaesthesia and sensorial empathy; the relationship between the digital and the physical; alternate ways of seeing/sensing, including heightened acuity in particular senses; and creative mapping of the lived environment.

As an interdisciplinary researcher, Kevin draws upon his academic background in arts and humanities as well as his fascination with science and technology. Current research relates to the crossmodal and cross-sensory communication of blindness through film and other media, including the heightened role of touch and ‘learning aesthetics from the blind’; exploring textile design and concept development through film (in collaboration with Fo Hamblin); film as an intersensorial and multi-modal form of media; and fashion/textile design for people with sensory processing disorders. Kevin’s research explores the meeting point between sensory perception and the lived environment through socio-cultural analysis.

Kevin has written articles and reviews for numerous publications, including: Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism; Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty (with Professor Alison Goodrum); Visual Communication (with Professor Alison Goodrum, republished in Vol 2 of the edited collection Approaches to Fieldwork from the SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods series); Flow: Journal of Television and Media Studies; The Journal of American Studies; The Senses and Society; Material Culture; Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design; Huffington Post; and The Conversation.

External activity

Kevin is currently the External Examiner for the Visual and Material Culture (VMC) module at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU).

Over the last few years, Kevin has presented papers at the Wellcome Trust, ‘Intersections’ conference (Loughborough in London), Domus Academy (Milan, with Yvonne Trew), and the ‘Bowie’s Books’ conference (Northampton Creative Writing). He spoke at the ‘Rhizomatic Approach to Fashion’ event hosted at Nottingham Contemporary and was a collaborator at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) conference hosted by Polimoda in Florence. Kevin was also a presenter at IFFTI in Jaipur, India.

Kevin was part of the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ‘Science in Culture' workshops at The Royal Society, themed around ‘The Lived Environment’ (2015).

Kevin also competed a successful Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) residency working as a consultant to IDM Media: Film and Video Production in Birmingham (2013).

Sponsors and collaborators

Kevin is currently the External Examiner for the Visual and Material Culture (VMC) module at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU).

Over the last few years, Kevin has presented papers at the Wellcome Trust, ‘Intersections’ conference (Loughborough in London), Domus Academy (Milan, with Yvonne Trew), and the ‘Bowie’s Books’ conference (Northampton Creative Writing). He spoke at the ‘Rhizomatic Approach to Fashion’ event hosted at Nottingham Contemporary and was a collaborator at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) conference hosted by Polimoda in Florence. Kevin was also a presenter at IFFTI in Jaipur, India.

Kevin was part of the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ‘Science in Culture' workshops at The Royal Society, themed around ‘The Lived Environment’ (2015).

Kevin also competed a successful Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) residency working as a consultant to IDM Media: Film and Video Production in Birmingham (2013).

Publications

Opinion pieces

Kevin has published opinion pieces with The Conversation about Star Wars [https://theconversation.com/star-wars-escapist-fantasy-or-dream-of-the-future-46350], Blade Runner 2049 [https://theconversation.com/blade-runner-2049-and-why-eyes-are-so-important-in-this-vision-of-the-future-85119], and an article about David Bowie’s eyes [https://theconversation.com/the-remarkable-story-behind-david-bowies-most-iconic-feature-52920] that has picked up more than 2 million reads under the Creative Commons license (with republications in The Independent, Daily Mail, New York Magazine and Mashable, amongst others).

Recent articles

‘Eyes, Sight and the Senses on Fashion and in Film’ [http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1362704X.2017.1313571] in Fashion Theory

A review of the Natural History Museum exhibition ‘Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature’ [ http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17458927.2016.1268441] in The Senses and Society

The book chapter ‘The Eyes of David Bowie’ in the edited collection Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory [https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/enchanting-david-bowie-9781628923032/] (Bloomsbury 2015).

'Unexpected Beauty: Phillip D. Stearns Discovers New Images and Patterns in the Twisted Glitches of Digital Media', 2015. Eye Magazine. Available online.[4 Sept 2015].

'The Eyes of David Bowie', 2015. In Cinque, T., Moore, C. and Redmond, S. (eds) Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory, New York: Bloomsbury.

'Camera, Gun, Eyes: Seeing Fear in the Photography of War', 2015. Huffington Post. Available online. [21 April 2015]

'Adam Curtis' Bitter Lake: Clarity Through Collage', 2015. Flow: Online Journal of Television and Media Studies. Vol 21, Issue 5. Available online. [23 March 2015]

'Political Storytelling and the Land of Make-Believe', 2015. Huffington Post. Available online. [19 March 2015]

'Mirror, Mirror: What do the reflections in the images for Bowie's new compilation tell us about his relationship with the audience?', 2014. Eye Magazine. Available online. [18 Nov 2014].

'Framing Rural Fashion: Observations from Badminton Horse Trials', 2014. In Hillyard, S. (ed.) Approaches to Fieldwork, SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, London: SAGE Publications [with Alison L. Goodrum].

'The Field as Mall: Redressing the rural–urban divide in fashion theory through equestrian events', 2013. Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, 4 (1): 17-42 [with Alison L. Goodrum].

'Book Review of Else/where: Mapping, New Cartographies of Networks and Territories by Janet Abrams and Peter Hall', 2011. Material Culture, Spring, 43 (1): 122.

'Negotiating Identity: Word and image interactions in John Perivolaris' Left luggage'. 2009. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, 37 (1): 5-10.

'Book Review of The American counterculture, 1945-1975 by Christopher Gair, 2009. American Studies Today. Available online. [18 September 2009].

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Press expertise

  • Modern visual culture
  • Eyes, sight, and the senses
  • The city
  • Digital / material relationships
  • Mapping and creative cartography
  • Science and art interactions

Course(s) I teach on

  • Undergraduate | Full-time | 2018

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/art-design/ug/2018-19/ba-hons-fashion-knitwear-design-and-knitted-textiles

  • Textile Design
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2018

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/art-design/ug/2018-19/ba-hons-textile-design

  • Magazines Journalism Students
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2018

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/arts-humanities/pg/2018-19/magazine-journalism