Hi there, I’m Daniel Massie. I’m a first year, AHRC-DTP funded, research-through-practice doctoral candidate, co-supervised between The University of Stirling and The University of Glasgow. My research focuses on supporting female performances and the audio-visual essay. I’m studying the eighty performances in receipt of the Academy Award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role. The practice element of my work is twofold. Firstly, I re-edit each film to remove all footage that doesn’t include the supporting performance, thereby creating a unique material data set that allow me to get at performance in a distinctive way (looking at how the re-edits reveal patterns between the roles and performances, shared and conflicting habits of representation and performance styles, narrative deployment, editing choices and framing etc.) and secondly, I will produce a suite of audio-visual essays covering a variety of topics, looking at how we (and The Academy) define, understand, and value supporting female performances. A lot of how the audio-visual essays will take shape in terms of form and content is yet to be resolved, this is part of the ‘working-through’ nature of practice-research: something I find equally stimulating and unnerving.
I have an undergraduate degree in Sculpture from Gray’s School of Art and an MLitt in Film Studies from the University of Stirling. In a way, I’m using my PhD research to blend my past experiences of art practice and academic research.
During my week curating We The Humanities I’m keen to engage in discussions about practice-research; audio-visual/video essays; performance; gender; stereotype and representation; the PhD experience; and how people bridge the gap between academic research, discourse and dissemination, and popular audiences (or if that’s in fact something people think is positive, or possible…) Personally, I’m taken with the fact that I’m working with films and performances from a mainstream context, and I’m excited about the different (audio-visual) ways I can bring my research and analysis back to the audiences the films began with.
More broadly, I am interested in: feminism, all types of screen performance, Television, pop culture, celebrity, LGBTQ issues and queer culture, politics, actresses, gossip, and finding a way to make a (productive, viable, and intellectually stimulating) living from being a professional Meryl Streep fan. I’m looking forward to my week curating and to the discussions I’ll be having - out there in the twitter-sphere - with you all!