Kelcy Davenport

Doctoral Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art

Courses taught: Fine Art

Kelcy is a Doctoral Researcher in fine art, with a particular interest in the field of resistance after 'multitude' (Hardt and Negri, 2004).


Kelcy is a Cambridge-based artist and researcher who previously completed her MFA Fine Art (2011 - 2014) at Anglia Ruskin University and BA (Hons) Photography and Video Art at the University of Luton (2004 - 2007). Her artistic practice to date spans video installation, experimental film, net art, performance and intervention.

Recent exhibitions and performances

October 2018: The Archive and the Contested Landscape - exhibition, co-curated with Dr Nawrast Sabah Abd Alwahab, Cambridge and Basrah.

July 2018: Exploring Bending as a form of Resistance - workshop with Sally Stenton and Pernille Frandsen, for THEOREM, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge.

May 2018: Recitativo/ Clouds and Noise: Fragments from Lucretius and Negri by David Ryan - performance with William Crosby, Cristina Grifone, Clare Simmonds and Joe Zeitlin, for the Cultural Programme at the British Institute of Florence, Italy.

Jan 2018: Manifesting Monuments: Al-Hadr - film with James W Norton, in collaboration with SIX Collective, for the exhibition ‘PLACE: Relinking, Relating, Relaying’ (Art Language Location), at Gallery 9 in Cambridge.

Sept 2017: What is the purpose of radical theory? - workshop with Pernille Frandsen, Olga Maya, and Fernanda Watt as part of Academics Against the Arms Trade’s day of action, DSEI UK Arms Fair, London.

July 2017: Rehearsing Swarm| Didactics of the Militant (Negri, 2004) - with Pernille Frandsen, Pamela Jenner, Olga Maya, Sally Stenton, Simon Sterrow, Dima Wannous, and Fernanda Watt for THEOREM, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge.

May 2017: What Makes Us? - Soundwork for Creative Reactions, with Dr Sarah Abel and Assistant Professor Hannes Schroeder, as part of the global Pint of Science festival.

Feb 2017: Recitativo (Fragments after Lucretius and Negri) by David Ryan – performance with Cristina Grifone, Gianni Trovalusci, Alberto Popolla, Ian Mitchell, William Crosby and Clare Simmonds, the British School at Rome, Italy.

Research interests

Research synopsis:

Kelcy's research explores the field of resistance after 'multitude' (Hardt and Negri, 2004) aiming to locate and examine the essential aspects via a creative practice of reworking, and re-purposing institutions of theatre, geographical mapping, and education - a relation that becomes interaction.

Selected recent publications

July 2018: Swarm Rehearsal Notes and Reflections – essay for artists’ book THEOREM, edited by Jane Boyer, Ruskin Arts Press, Cambridge School of Art.

Feb 2018: Feeling the Benefits: A Report - essay for artists’ book RE:PRINT, edited by Dr Veronique Chance and Duncan Ganley, Marmalade Publishers of Visual Theory.

Sept 2017: From Basrah to Cambridge and Back – collaborative essay for the ‘Basrah: its history, culture and heritage’ conference publication, with Dr Nawrast Sabah Abd Alwahab.

Recent presentations and conferences

July 2018: Analysis: The Bent Man (Negri, 2005) - with Pernille Frandsen, for THEOREM, Cambridge School of Art.

Mar 2018: The Archive and the Contested Landscape - with Jananne Al Ani, Dr Nawrast Sabah, and Sarah Nankivell (Forensic Architecture), at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Funded by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

Sept 2017: The Will to Art in Peace and War - paper presentation at the 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: Politics in a time of Crisis, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

July 2017: Religion and Swarm Resistance - paper presentation with Pernille Frandsen, for THEOREM, Cambridge School of Art.