‘Practicing Landscape’: Land, Histories and Transformation, 6 Nov – 11 Dec 2020

The symposium Practicing Landscape:  Land, Histories and Transformation is organised by the Reading Landscape Research Group, formed by artist-academics from the School of Fine Art, Exhibitions Department and Design History Theory at the Glasgow School of Art.

It will take place over six Fridays, from 6 Nov – 12 Dec 2020.  The symposium comprises of two Keynote speakers – Ingrid Pollard and Dr Louise Purbrick – and four thematic sessions, each with three 20 minute presentations, chaired by a respondent from the GSA. Read the speakers biographies here

The symposium asks: How do contemporary art and other interdisciplinary practices engage with (and expand) the themes of Land, Histories and Transformation? How can such practices work with contested histories, identities and remoteness in specific locations? What do land and other material practices reveal in terms of transformation, heritage and sustainability?  Which practical, creative and critical theoretical frameworks are currently being utilised to interrogate the politics of Land, Histories and Transformation? How can a reflexive curatorial process activate these themes?

The Symposium has four key themes:

  • Wild spaces (including peripheral territories, deserts, forests or ideas of remoteness);
  • Histories (including land ownership, commons, cultural perspectives, border territories, heritage and preservation);
  • People and Place (including alternative voices and experiences of landscape including embodiment and auto-ethnographic practices);
  • Contentious Landscapes (including sustainability, interventions, conservation and ecology).

Schedule (please select links to book free tickets via Eventbrite):

SESSION 1: Fri 6 Nov 2020, 1.00-2.15pm         

Keynote Ingrid Pollard, Respondent Dr Tiffany Boyle (GSA)

SESSION 2: WILD SPACES, Fri 13 Nov 2020, 1.00-2.15pm

Dr Elizabeth A. Hodson, (Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies, GSA), ‘The Posthuman Sublime: The Art Practice of Katie Paterson’

Dr Nalini Paul, (Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies and Design History and Theory, GSA), ‘Embodying Language in Wild Spaces: Place, Memory and Transformation’

Sam Nightingale (PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths), ‘Salt: a crystal image of time’

Respondent Justin Carter (GSA)

SESSION 3: HISTORIES, Fri 20 Nov 2020,  1.00-2.15pm      

Seán Laoide-Kemp (Masters by Research Student, IADT Dún Laoghaire), Landscape as Witness: Aftermath Photography, Oral History, and Ethnography in Representing the Public Works Scheme of the Great Irish Famine

Joe Crowdy (PhD Candidate, Oslo Centre for Critical Architecture Studies), Writing Rack Fen: 1583-1606 and 2019-20’

Dr Frances Robertson (Lecturer, GSA) ‘Alien Introductions: trees, memory and landscape history’

Respondent Michail Mersinis (GSA)

SESSION 4: Fri 27 Nov 2020, 1.00 – 2.15pm    

Keynote: Dr Louise Purbrick (School of Humanities, University of Brighton), Respondent Dr Marianne Greated (GSA)

SESSION 5: PEOPLE AND PLACE, Fri 4 Dec 2020, 1.00-2.15pm          

Dr Nicky Bird (GSA), ‘Raging: Revisiting Raging Dyke Network’

Jordan Whitewood-Neal (MRes student, University of Brighton), ‘Epistemological Hinterlands: Non-Normative Embodiment and Sublime Perceptions of Landscape’

Dr Jo Vergunst (Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen), ‘Exploring landscape decision-making with the arts: agency, scale and temporality’

Responsdent Dr Frances Robertson (GSA)

SESSION 6: CONTENTIOUS LANDSCAPES, Fri 11 Dec 2020, 1.30-2.45pm        

 Minty Donald (Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice, University of Glasgow), ‘Erratic Drift: approaching human geological performance’

Jane Brettle (Visual Artist, in collaboration with Robin Mason: Musician) ‘Mine – walking’

Jasper Coppes (Artist / Tutor Royal Academy of Art, The Hague), ‘Mud’

Respondent Susan Brind (GSA)

Tickets are free and via Eventbrite for each session.

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