Portrait of Dr Lisa Stansbie Dr Lisa Stansbie

l.stansbie@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472940


Dr. Lisa Stansbie is Head of The Department of Art and Communication. Her practice crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

Her series of works Spitfire Beach (2010) were shown in the Short Cuts exhibition in March 2010 at g39 Cardiff and were on long-term display at The Arts Council Headquarters, London (2010-2012). Stansbie's audio piece Background to a film: Spitfire Beach (2010) features on A History of Background audio CD + booklet published in an edition of 1000 by cantaudio033 in February 2011. Spitfire Beach was also shown in April 2011 as part of the g39 and Halle 14 collaboration Portmanteau, in Leipzig, Germany. In March 2011 she was commissioned to make the new film work Ark (2011) in response to the Artemis Archive in Leeds. This film was exhibited in the Hunter Gatherer exhibition at Project Space Leeds April - August 2011. Her solo show Flight at Huddersfield Art Gallery January - March 2012 showcased Stansbie's existing and new work related to the notion of flight via wings, journeys, travels and aeroplanes. Outcasting: Fourth Wall (Funded by Arts Council Wales and Cardiff Contemporary) recently commissioned Stansbie’s Diaphone (2012) film, a site responsive work filmed on Flatholm Island that investigated the presence and absence of sound and communication machines on the island.

She was joint founder and editor (with Derek Horton) of www.soanyway.org.uk an experimental online magazine project centred around notions of narrative and storytelling.

Her PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University Zeppelinbend: Multiplicity, encyclopaedic strategies and nonlinear methodologies for a visual practice was completed in 2010 and exists solely as a website www.zeppelinbend.com. The PhD submission formed the central case study for the 2012 book chapter 'Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice based PhDs' In R. Andrews, E. Borg, S. Boyd-Davis, M. Domingo, and J. England (eds), SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses ISBN 9780857027399. This chapter investigates U.K. based PhD study in the discipline of art and design (linked to practice-based study) and traces the development of alternative approaches to the PhD submission including the website format which is still in its infancy.

Research & Scholarship

Recent work investigates the narratives, processes, rituals and apparatus of the sport of open water swimming with a focus on the ‘cult’ of channel swimming, in particular the collective interaction and identity of the channel swimmer.

The work combines both object based sculpture, photography, drawing and films that research the sport by a direct involvement and performance within it. Documentary processes and re-enactment are engaged, with Stansbie as the subject of the study in the video series Acclimatisation (2012). The piece documents the body’s physical response to cold-water immersion and the method of acclimatising (habituation) over a set period of time, a process that is core to channel swimming training. This piece in particular reflects aspects of ‘positive deviant’ behaviour (Ewald and Jiobu, 1985) where there is an over commitment to extending the action (Hughes and Coakley 1991) undertaken by extreme athletes. Other work in this body of research includes photography, sound and sculptures based on swimwear, swimming apparatus and GPS tracking information utilised during channel swimming.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Stansbie, L (2013) ‘Extreme Exposures: The Practice and Narratives of Channel Swimming as a Methodology for the Creation of Contemporary Art’. In: Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport. : LSA Publications. . ISBN 978 1 905369 43 0

Stansbie, L (2013) ‘The Performance of the Channel Swimmer: Time-based Rituals and Technology’. In: Time, Space and The Body Global Conference, 10th - 13th February 2013, Mercure Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Stansbie, L. and Borlescu, A. (2013) Reflections on Narrative: Interdisciplinary Storytelling . Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press . ISBN 978-1-84888-245-4


Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Extreme Exposures: The practice and narratives of channel swimming as a methodology for the creation of contemporary art’. In: Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport, 29th November 2012, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘The Absent Presence of Voice in Contemporary Artists Film’. In: 2nd Global Conference on Storytelling: Reflections on Narrative, November 7th - 9th 2012, The StieglBräu, Salzburg, Austria

Stansbie, L (2012) Diaphone [Video]

Stansbie, L (2012) Channel Swimwear Rules [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Testing the Limits: Contemporary Art and Channel Swimming’. In: Endurance Sport, 11 September 2012, Wolfson Research Exchange, The University of Warwick

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Contemporary Art and The Open Water’. In: 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, 21-23 September, HMS Queen Mary, Los Angeles, California.

Stansbie, L (2012) Sandettie Lightship and Shipping Lane [Image]

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Sandettie Lightship and Shipping LaneCorridor 8: The Fast Slow Edition (3). ISSN 9780955267260

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice based PhDs’. In: SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. London: SAGE. pp. 390-404 . ISBN 9780857027399

Stansbie, L (2012) ‘Structures For Digital Collaboration and Interaction’. In: Higher Education Academy Exploring Collaborative Learning In Media Studies Programmes, May 3rd 2012, University of Winchester

Stansbie, L (2012) Flight (ROTOR) [Show/Exhibition]


Stansbie, L (2011) ‘Appropriation and the Hack: New Forms of Production’. In: Transitory Network Forum, 21st-22nd July 2011, Salon Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

Stansbie, L (2011) A Century of Artists Film [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2011) Portmanteau [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2011) Hunter Gatherer [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2011) A History of Background [Audio]


Stansbie, L (2010) Totemic Objects [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) Borders/Crossings/Journeys [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) /seconds issue 12: ARCHETYPE: GOING UNDERGROUND / THE CRUEL SCENE OF THE IMAGE [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) Art for Everyone Exhibition curated by Axis [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) Short Cuts (Spitfire Beach) [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2010) ‘Wings of apprehensionRadar , 1 (1), pp. 26-27. ISSN 2049-4327


Stansbie, L (2009) The Emperor of The Moon (2006) [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2009) The Wings [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2009) Pan-demonium [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘Apprehension/seconds (11). ISSN 1751-4134

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘A film still from the film 'The Messenger' (2008)’. In: Pan-demonium. New York: AC Institute in conjunction with the exhibition. . ISBN 978-0-9841309-0-0

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘The Fluid Archive’. In: Thinking About 'Things': Interdisciplinary Futures in Material Culture, 5-7 May 2009, UCD, Dublin

Stansbie, L (2009) ‘Connecting the Unconnected’. In: Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 125-134. ISBN 978-1-4438-0532-2

Stansbie, L (2009) Hackamore [Show/Exhibition]


Stansbie, L (2008) The cloud collector [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2008) Emperor of the moon [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2008) ‘The cloud collector/seconds (Issue 8: 4/2008). ISSN 1751-4134


Stansbie, L (2007) The cloud collector . .

Stansbie, L (2007) The Zeppelin Bend [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) The cloud collector [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) ‘Connecting the unconnected’. In: Objects and Narratives Symposium, 2007, 21st September 2007, Loughborough University

Stansbie, L (2007) ‘Landscapes and communities - ‘multiplicity and mobilised place’’. In: AVPhD 6 ‘North’: Regional Workshop, 14th-15th September 2007, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

Stansbie, L (2007) Archive H [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) ‘The Emperor of the moon/seconds (Issue 06: 07/2007). ISSN 1751-4134

Tsegmid, T., MacDonald, J., Smith, M., Morgan, J., Andersson, A., Stansbie, L. and Heald, K.(2007) Odoo/Current [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) The Emperor of the moon [Show/Exhibition]

Stansbie, L (2007) Apprehension [Show/Exhibition]

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