Dr Jac Batey
My background is in Illustration and new media. I worked as a freelance illustrator for many clients including E4, Oxford University Press and Country Life. I initially lectured at the University of Brighton on the Sequential MA before joining Portsmouth in 1995 on the Illustration BA course. I am currently course leader for MA illustration (which I co-wrote in 2015) and supervise practice-based PhDs in the field of artists' books.
I have also worked on University research projects, incorporating new media from interactive educational material focussed on zines and artist’s books. I completed my practice-based Ph.D at the University of Brighton in 2003. My Ph.D research focussed on the capacity of imagery within advertising to encapsulate the problems of visual representation in commercial illustration and design, e.g. the ways in which the states of mind are to be represented (delight, gratitude, despair and relaxation). you can read it here:
The safe cigarette PhD
I was invited by the Royal Academy to represent the genre of artist's books in their summer show. I have attended conferences internationally to speak about artist's books, zines and Damp Flat Books.
Visit my blog for more information: www.dampflat.blogspot.com
My research is practice-based, creating handmade limited edition artist’s books under the brand name of Damp Flat Books. These are held in many permanent collections such as the V&A Museum, Tate Britain, the British Library, the Getty Institute in Los Angeles, the Joan Flasch Collection, Chicago and The Met in New York.
I am featured on the V&A Website as an example (one of 6) representing U.K. Book Artists. I am also researching zines and have set up a collection called Zineopolis that is located within the School of Art and Design, which I also curate. I delivered a paper at a Books and Publishing conference in Toronto in 2012, which sought to define the genre of the ‘art-zine’. I spoke at CONFIA16 in Portugal about how art-zines can add to the debate about our uncomfortable relationship with technology.
I also produce my own satirical serial zine, Future Fantasteek! Now on its 18th issue - the series has recently toured the US and UK and is collected by many galleries, including Tate Britain and the British Library. Currently I am working on new artist’s books and zines as well as exploring digital versions for ipads, e-readers and mobile phones. I am also exploring printmaking for artist’s books.