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The Role of Collections and Archives in Art Practice
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Thursday 30th June 2011.
www.kirklees.gov.uk/ The Role of Collections and Archives in Art Practice seminar was organised by Land2 member Deborah Gardner to coincide with her exhibition Re-Collect: Sculptural Responses to Place within Collections currently showing at Huddersfield Art Gallery until the 27th August 2011.
The aim of the seminar was to consider the implications of intervening with or responding practically to work within archives and collections as a means of reflecting on ideas of place and identity. The artists Deborah Gardner, David Walker-Barker and Louise K Wilson considered their own practice in relation to projects they have completed in collaboration with the Arts Council Collection, the Kirklees Collection, the Manchester Metropolitan Film Archive and the Ruskin Collection. Lizzie Simpson, Sculpture Co-ordinator for the Arts Council Collection at Longsides, Yorkshire Sculpture Park gave a presentation on the history of the Arts Council Collection and recent curatorial projects by contemporary artists involving elements of the collection.
Sarah Hanson, of the Henry Moore Institute, gave a presentation on her recent research contributing to the Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture 1851-1951 project, which culminated in an exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery and included objects from the Leeds Sculpture Collection. The seminar was chaired by Dr Judith Tucker and the afternoon ended with the showing of Louise K Wilson’s video ‘Euphony’ (2005).
Programme of Presentations:
Introduction by Chair: Dr Judith Tucker www.talkshow.org.uk/artist/show/Judith_Tucker
Deborah Gardner (Leeds) Re-collect: Sculptural Responses to Place within Collections. Abstract
Lizzie Simpson ( Arts Council Collection) The History of the Arts Council Collection and Curatorial Interventions Abstract
David Walker- Barker ( Leeds) Objects, Collections and Cabinets Abstract
Sarah Hanson ( Henry Moore Institute) The Anatomy of a Monument Abstract
Louise K Wilson The Haunted Nature of a Film Archive Abstract
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Spectral Traces, our most recent LAND2 symposium was held in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery University of Leeds on Saturday 13th February 2010. www.leeds.ac.uk/gallery/
The title Spectral Traces is borrowed from the geographer Karen Till. We are going to use the symposium to consider the implications of this notion for practice in relation to aspects of psychogeography. Iain Sinclair will be the keynote speaker. Iain Biggs will present his considerations of “deep mapping” and this triangular relation should prove a fruitful topic for debate and has resonances with many artist members’ practices.
Keynote: Iain Sinclair
Short presentations from the following artists and associates
Iain Biggs (UWE) A personal view of links between “deep mapping” and Karen Till’s work on spectral traces Abstract
Mary Modeen (Dundee) Polyvalent Perception and Cultural Memories of Place. Abstract
Claire King (UWE) You are Here? - Mapping Experiences of Rural Places Abstract
Owain Jones (CCRU) Looking across - looking back. Experiences and practices of a lost farm landscape. Abstract
Judith Tucker (Leeds) Spectres on the Beach: Concrete Remains, Ghost Rockets and Pleasure Cruises. Abstract
Ingrid Pollard (Goldsmith’s) The Spectre of the Black Boy Abstract
Stephen Felmingham (LCAD) Making a place for the sublime: Recent drawings 2009-10 Abstract
David Walker-Barker (Leeds) A view from our house Abstract
Jane Millar (Land2) Missing Abstract
Louise K Wilson On the Plasticity of Echoes: sites and their acoustic traces Abstract
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Dr Judith Tucker
Programme Manager BA Art and Design
School of Design
University of Leeds
Bristol 10th November 2007
The Common Ground one-day symposium, organized for LAND2 by Shelley James, took place in the Faculty of Creative Arts, UWE, Bristol and followed the tradition of our on-going inter-disciplinary concerns by bringing together scientists and artists around a common theme. Our aim was to explore the power of landscape as a lens through which to view broader questions, such as the relationship between temporal and spatial representations, and the tensions between our desire for stability and the reality of change.
For more information, documentation and presentations from this event, click here.
Translations: the LAND2 network intra / trans / inter-disciplinary symposia series.
A series of events organised by the network, with the support of the Place/Location/Contact Research Centre,
Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, University of the West of England, Bristol, England.
LAN2D (www.lan2d.uwe.ac.uk) - now renamed - has run informal seminars for its members since its inception as a national studio-led landscape research network in 2002. The strong emphasis within the network on the exploration of notions of 'place', particularly in relation to questions of memory and identity, has meant that its members have an interest in anthropology/ethnography, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, environmental studies, gender studies, geology, history, phenomenology, critical theory, psychology, and post-colonial studies. In consequence, the network has begun to open itself to sympathetic academics who, although not engaged in studio-based research, are interested either in attending its seminars or in exchange with members so as to use the network as a medium for discussion and reflection. Building on this situation, and following a successful inaugural conference/exhibition in November 2004, the network now finds itself very well placed to establish productive conversations with academics/practitioners in a range of disciplines.
Our aim is to create a fuller and more comprehensive intra/trans/inter disciplinary understanding of landscape and place in all their complexities. To this end we will co-ordinate a series of symposia (max. 25 people) in addition to the network's bi-annual seminar series. These symposia will seek to bring network members into ongoing conversation with sympathetic academics in relevant disciplines via the presentation of short papers, studio-led research outcomes and focused conversation. Our objective is to build, through a 'conversational' model, a substantial body of discursive material with a view to advancing our understanding of landscape, place and issues related to their construction and relationship to memory and identity.
To find out more about 'Translations' and to read papers given during this symposium, click here.
Bristol School of Art, Media, and Design, UWE, Bristol,
Saturday May 6th, 2006.
Speakers: Dr Judith Aston (UWE), Sarah Blowen (UWE), Dr Ruth Jones, Professor Ullrick Kockel (Ulster).
Dr Iain Biggs convened the second one day interdisciplinary symposium on May 6th, following the format of a small-scale, informal but rigorous event for network members, and interested academics and graduate students in the faculty and regionally. Although not originally intended to do so, the day also enabled us to mark the award of a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship to one of the speakers, Dr Ruth Jones, who will be working with Dr Iain Biggs in the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design to develop her own landscape-oriented projects and the interdisciplinary aspects of LAND2. Thirty-one people attended to hear four presentations and view/hear an exhibition of work by Yvonne Buchheim relevant to the topic of the day:
The symposium took as its starting-point the fact that there have been regular exchanges between the disciplines of art, anthropology and ethnography since the early activities of the Surrealists and that, in consequence, there are a growing number of publications which have dealt with different aspects of this exchange – from James Clifford’s highly influential The Predicament of Culture (Harvard, 1988) to recent anthologies such as Site-Specificity: The Ethnographic Turn edited by Alex Cole (Black Dog, 2000) and Contemporary Art and Ethnography edited by Arnd Schneider and Christopher Write (Berg, 2006). The purpose of the day was not to take any particular perspective or critical position on this exchange, but rather to let four ‘interested’ participants in the exchange speak about issues within it important to them.
To find out more about 'Reframings' and to read papers given during this symposium, click here.
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