CAIRO AND LONDON–30th January 2013–Past Preservers is proud to announce that our talented group of presenters at Past Preservers People has grown with the addition of Dr Kit Messham-Muir, a highly recognized art theorist and historian.
Currently, Kit is a Senior Lecturer in Art History at The University of Newcastle and Program Organizer of the Bachelor of Fine Art. In recent years, Kit has been recognized and rewarded for his inspiring and innovative teaching practices.
“I have a passion for teaching,” says Kit “I introduce ‘tactical ruptures’ into my lectures, to disrupt the flow and provoke students to think more actively. These are often videos made especially for the class, performances such as George Maciunas’s 1962 Fluxus piece, Solo for Violin, which involves destroying a violin with power tools, or changing into my pyjamas in a lecture on Surrealism. I’ve jumped out of a plane to demonstrate the role of fear in the Enlightenment notion of ‘the sublime’ and frequently travel the world collecting footage and interviews with artists, curators and critics for my students.” Watch Kit in action in the video, ‘The sublime’
“Kit’s expertise and credits as an art historian and his inspiring creative personality really enhances our pool of presenters,” says Nigel J. Hetherington, CEO and Founder of Past Preservers “We are very happy to welcome him to Past Preservers People.”
Kit was born in Wrexham, North Wales, and emigrated to Australia in 1990 to study Painting at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours Class 1 in 1995. However, by that point, Kit had discovered his love for art history, so he gave up painting and began researching for his Ph.D. in the School of Art History and Theory at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. He graduated in three years and received a Doctor of Philosophy in Art History and Theory in 2000. Kit has lectured at numerous universities including the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and at the University of Hong Kong.
Currently Kit lives in Newcastle, Australia with his wife Loretta, a corporate trainer, and two dogs and two cats. In addition to spending time on his passion art history and his family, Kit likes to play piano and guitar and to fly light aircraft.
“Joining Past Presenters” says Kit, “is very exciting for me, particularly being part of such a select group of experts. First and foremost, I’m an educator, and with Past Preservers representing me in the entertainment world, I can take my passion for art to an international audience.”
Kit is joining a group of twelve experts that form the core of Past Preservers People, a boutique, full service agency representing specialist presenters from around the globe. The company is built around a small but diverse group of individuals that shares the passion and drive necessary for success in the highly competitive television and film industries.