Allan Hughes is an artist based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and working out of The Northern Charter studios. Allan Hughes’ art practice and research explores the production of remediated histories through a deconstruction of video post-production processes. Hughes’ works proceed from research into the sites, documents and apparatus of recorded and remediated histories, specifically those related to conflict situations. His research interest in the role of video and moving image culture in this process identifies the locus of the voice as a figure of authority within the audio/visual dyad. His work has engaged with a range of subjects to examine these ideas, including Jane Fonda's Radio Hanoi Broadcasts, the decommissioned British Army listening post at Black Mountain in Belfast, the ‘friendly fire’ killing of Specialist Pat Tillman and the erased portions of Richard Nixon's Watergate Tapes. He explores the precarious position of subjectivity within the construction of recorded histories and their processes of representation and remediation. Hughes work establishes a place that privileges listening and the rediscovery of heterogeneous voices within these narratives.
Recent exhibitions of his work have have included solo shows at Belfast Exposed and the Belltable Art Centre, Limerick and Temple Bar Gallery’s group exhibition, “Lights, Camera, Action!”. His work was included in the 2011 Tulca Arts Festival and the 2013 and 2011 Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Belin and Madrid. In 2010 he was awarded the ACNI Major artist award and in 2009 he was the recipient of a six-month Artist’s Residency Programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally with work shown in the Mediations Biennale in Poznan Poland, UNOACTU in Dresden, the Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast and the Beursschouwburg in Brussels amongst others. In 2010 he completed a PhD, "Screening The Voice: synchronisation, authority & objet petit a", at the University of Ulster under Professors Willie Doherty and Kerstin Mey. Allan Hughes is lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University.