Kevin Hunt

Kevin Hunt

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fashion, knitwear and textile design

Role

Kevin is a member of the Design, Culture and Context (DCC) team and he teaches students from first, second and final year Fashion Design, Fashion Knitwear Design, Textile Design and Fashion Accessory Design. He is Module Leader for first year DCC.

The DCC modules explore cultural and critical ideas within contemporary visual culture and design, looking at creative influences from areas such as Fine Art, Film, Fashion, Interiors, Graphic Design and Photography, as well as drawing upon concepts and theories from research in Fashion Theory, Material Culture, Sociology, Anthropology, Film Studies, Cultural Studies and other relevant disciplines. The module considers a wide range of factors influencing design, from the cultural and social through to the technological and scientific.

Career overview

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.

He completed a PhD titled American Graphologies in 2007, 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 both legible and illegible text in images within American art and graphic design, analysing work by artists and designers such as the 'Ashcan School', Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Barbara Kruger, and many others. Kevin's earlier studies include a BA in Film and Literature and an MA in Film / Visual Culture.

From 2009, Kevin worked full-time for a year as a Research Fellow in Fashion, Communication and Promotion at Nottingham Trent University (NTU); taught part-time in the Graphic Design department at NTU for a year, while also teaching and co-convening a module at The University of Nottingham; and then became a full-time Lecturer in Design, Culture and Context at Nottingham Trent University.

Research areas

Kevin's current research relates to interactions between the material and the digital; alternate ways of seeing; and the creative mapping of concepts, spaces and ideas. His essay 'The Eyes of David Bowie' features in the edited collection Enchanting David Bowie: Space/Time/Body/Memory (2015) and a collaborative essay with Professor Alison L. Goodrum was included in volume two of the edited collection Approaches to Fieldwork (2014) from the series SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods.

Recent publications include online articles in Eye Magazine about Barnbrook Studios' cover designs for David Bowie's Nothing Has Changed (2014) album and Phillip D. Stearns' Glitch Textiles; a column with Flow: Online Journal of Television and Media Studies about Adam Curtis' Bitter Lake (2015) documentary, discussing the use of a collage-style to show a new way of seeing and understanding political messages; and he has a blog with Huffington Post, where he recently commented on 'Political Storytelling and the Land of Make-Believe', Camera, Gun, Eyes: Seeing Fear in the Photography of War' and ' Why Satirical Dismissiveness Dominates Political Imagery'.

Kevin's initial research at NTU as a Research Fellow resulted in the publication of two articles with Professor Alison L. Goodrum. He has also published an article about John Perivolaris' photography with Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism and numerous book and film reviews in various academic and cultural journals.

Ongoing research interests relate to eyes, sight and the senses; urban visual culture and the modern / postmodern city; digital and material relationships; creative mapping of networks, spaces and concepts; and interactions between art and science.

External activity

In May 2015, Kevin was selected to attend the AHRC 'Science in Culture' Early Career Workshops on The Lived Environment, held at The Royal Society.

Kevin has also completed a successful Knowledge Exchange in Design (KED) residency in 2012-13 working as a consultant to IDM Media: Film and Video Production in Birmingham.

Sponsors and collaborators

The DCC Team works with the Land of Lost Content (LOLC) in an ongoing project / competition set up by Vanessa Brown and Peter Wright whereby NTU design students draw upon the LOLC database of images created by Stella Mitchell and Hemingway Design.

Publications

'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