15th Nov 2013 2:00pm-6:30pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
Arts Practice and Performance Research Initiative (APPRI) present a symposium on
Land, Travel and Environment
at the Sallis Benney Theatre on November 15th 2pm, Admission Free
Key Note Speaker:
Thomas Joshua Cooper, Glasgow School of Art
Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton
Thomas Joshua Cooper is a long-term practicing artist, whose primary interests revolve around issues of the landscape, historical and cultural geography, cartography and the problems of picture-making. Making photographic work is important and central both to his work and research. During the last 23 years, he has been involved in the making and assembly of a large, thematic body of work, that is developed out of the physical act of visually and pictorially mapping the extremes and immensity of the Atlantic Basin.
Thomas Johsua Cooper has authored 10 visual monographs of his own artwork and co-authored one historical text-book. He has made nearly 95 solo exhibitions in major galleries and museums and participated in over 80 group exhibitions as well. His work is available to be seen in over 40 public collections in Britain, Europe and America.
Fergus Heron: Wildness in ordinary nature
Photography, University of Brighton
This talk will focus on recent practice based work that explores the possibility of photography to rethink the wild as a renewed kind of landscape picture. Rather than focussing upon the remote and sublime, this work explores the commonly encountered and often overlooked. The working process involves repeated visits to particular places, walking, extended observation and reconsideration of some of the conventions of picturesque landscapes. These processes establish views for pictures absent of human activity but full of its effects, towards depictions of nature within the ordinary and the everyday.
Claudia Kappenberg: The Use of Uselessness
Fine Art Practices, Performance, University of Brighton
The talk will present a series of performed interventions which address the contemporary credo of productivity and outcome through a deliberate squandering of effort and time. Interventions take place in hybrid spaces such as urban forests and rivers, private gardens or abandoned buildings, in which urban and social patterns converge with natural elements.
Constructed as ritualistic activity or repetitive loops the projects combine the cyclical aspect of nature with the obsessive quality of labour. Repetition is used as a choreographic strategy or hinge, with which to disrupt the rhythm of everyday in an attempt to undermine the logic of economic thinking; in its impossibility to achieve anything the work turns production into process and functionality into play.
Emma Stibbon: Terra Infirma
Fine Art Practices, Printmaking, University of Brighton
Working in drawing and print Stibbon’s work focuses on landscapes that are undergoing dynamic formation or erosion. This talk will consider expectations we may have about our surroundings as solid and immutable. Many of the explored locations move across a geological time frame and are closely linked to human experience, often treading a simultaneous timeline. Through looking at methods and approaches to image, Stibbon will consider the potential of drawing as a means of understanding and reflecting on our fragile relationship with landscape.