plastiCities symposium – Programme and live blog

The plastiCities symposium on June 3rd has now sold out. However, there will be some free places after lunch, so if you haven’t reserved a place but would like to come along then , please do drop in.

To see our live blog of the day, produced by PhD researcher in French CJ Leffler, please visit: http://plasticities14.tumblr.com

PROGRAMME

10am     Welcome and introduction

10.10     Sara Parratt-Halbert (SEEDS)

10.40     Dr Tom Stafford (Psychology, UOS) and Dr Stuart Wilson (Psychology, UOS)

11.40    Coffee

12pm     Luke Bennett (Built Environment, SHU)

12.30    Complimentary lunch

1.30     Dr Adam Stansbie (Music, UOS)

2          Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (French, UOS)

2.30     Coffee

2.45    Prof John Barrett (Archaeology, UOS)

3.15    Dr Chris Van Dyke (Geography, University of Kentucky)

3.45    Prof Martin Jones (Geography, UOS)

4.15    Discussion

5pm    Close

plastiCities – a free symposium, 3 June

plastiCities

Tuesday June 3rd 2014, 10am-5pm

G03, Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, University of Sheffield

Scientific discourses on neuroplasticity abound with metaphors both of (neuronal) landscapes and (cortical) ‘real estate’. This cutting-edge symposium brings together speakers from across the disciplines to explore the ways in which recent advances in the understanding of neuroplasticity might be used to construct new models for negotiating urban landscapes and temporalities. Our discussions will include a consideration of how brain trauma and cerebral re-organisation can yield new understanding and insight regarding the complexity and resilience of the damaged topographies that punctuate the post-industrial, post-colonial and post-traumatic cityscape. Thinking through the sculptural dynamic of cerebral morphology will also open up a debate concerning the ways in which critical methodologies from the arts might find their place in the sculpting of new forms of stability within the contemporary built environment, participating in the ‘real life’ making of cities, at both grass roots and policy level. This symposium is open to all and will feature a digital exhibition by Stuart Wilson.

PROGRAMME

10am     Welcome and introduction

10.10     Sara Parratt-Halbert (SEEDS)

10.40     Dr Tom Stafford (Psychology, UOS) and Dr Stuart Wilson (Psychology, UOS)

11.40    Coffee

12pm     Luke Bennett (Built Environment, SHU)

12.30    Complimentary lunch

1.30     Dr Adam Stansbie (Music, UOS)

2          Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (French, UOS)

2.30     Coffee

2.45    Prof John Barrett (Archaeology, UOS)

3.15    Dr Chris Van Dyke (Geography, University of Kentucky)

3.45    Prof Martin Jones (Geography, UOS)

4.15    Discussion

5pm    Close

The event, which is part of the In the City programme organised by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield,  is jointly hosted by occursus and the School of Geography.

To reserve a free place, please visit our eventbrite page

Programme for the Microhabitats symposium, Friday March 28th

MICROHABITATS (WORLDS IN WORLDS)

Venue: Bradley’s in the Nichols Building, Shalesmoor, Sheffield.

Topics of discussion for the day include (but won’t be limited to):

urban scale, huts, sheds, studios, dens, nests, micro environments, children’s spaces, dwelling, secret spaces, retreats, gardens, caravans

11am             Open and introduction

11.15am       Luisa Golob, Chief Executive, Art in the Park

11.35am       Paul Allender, University of Sheffield

12.00pm       Richard Bartle, artist

12.30pm       Discussion and questions

1pm               Lunch & walk to Furnace Park (weather permitting)

2pm               Luke Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University

2.30pm          Brian Lewis, Longbarrow Press

3pm               Discussion and questions

3.20pm          Mark Goodwin, poet, and Nikki Clayton, photographer

3.40pm          Closing discussion

4pm               End

[7pm              Launch of Neurone installation at Furnace Park]

For details of the talks, please click here.

To reserve a free place, please visit our eventbrite page.

plastiCities – a symposium jointly hosted by occursus and the School of Geography at the University of Sheffield

plastiCities

Tuesday June 3rd 2014, 10am-5pm

G03, Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street, University of Sheffield

Scientific discourses on neuroplasticity abound with metaphors both of (neuronal) landscapes and (cortical) ‘real estate’. This cutting-edge symposium brings together speakers from across the disciplines to explore the ways in which recent advances in the understanding of neuroplasticity might be used to construct new models for negotiating urban landscapes and temporalities. Our discussions will include a consideration of how brain trauma and cerebral re-organisation can yield new understanding and insight regarding the complexity and resilience of the damaged topographies that punctuate the post-industrial, post-colonial and post-traumatic cityscape. Thinking through the sculptural dynamic of cerebral morphology will also open up a debate concerning the ways in which critical methodologies from the arts might find their place in the sculpting of new forms of stability within the contemporary built environment, participating in the ‘real life’ making of cities, at both grass roots and policy level. This symposium is open to all and will feature a digital exhibition by Stuart Wilson.

Speakers include Professor John Barrett, Luke Bennett, Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson,Professor Martin Jones, Chris Leffler, Sara Parratt-Halbert, Dr Tom Stafford, Dr Adam Stansbie, Dr Stuart Wilson

The event, which is part of the In the City programme organised by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield,  is jointly hosted by occursus and the School of Geography.

Furnace Park, which grew from the occursus project, is an associate pilot of the EU-funded SEEDS project and the symposium will include a presentation by the project manager, Sara Parratt-Halbert.

To reserve a free place, please visit our eventbrite page

Microhabitats // a symposium // 28.3.2014

We’re pleased to announce our next occursus symposium, which will take place on Friday March 28th, 11am – 4pm at Bradley’s Café in the Nichols Building (Shalesmoor, Sheffield).

Places are free but limited. To reserve, please visit our eventbrite page.

(There will be a £5 charge (payable to Bradleys Cafe) on the day for lunch & tea/coffee.)

The symposium will be the first in a series of events and workshops delivered in collaboration with Art in the Park, to build huts, nests and dens at Furnace Park with a view to creating spaces for conversation, story telling, music, poetry and other activities.

Beavers' den
Ph. T.L. Carroll (2006)

Topics of discussion for the day include (but won’t be limited to):

urban scale, huts, sheds, studios, dens, nests, micro environments, children’s spaces, dwelling, secret spaces, retreats, gardens, caravans

Voussoir Cloud by IwamatoScott Photograph by James Diewald  Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conarcist/3154529939/in/photostream/
Voussoir Cloud by IwamatoScott
Photograph by James Diewald
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conarcist/3154529939/in/photostream/

Confirmed speakers include:

BRIAN LEWIS (Longbarrow Press)

Refuge / Refuse [or Camping Without Tents]

This paper will explore ideas and practices of the ‘temporary shelter’ (those contingent and ‘unbuilt’ spaces that offer the user limited protection against the external environment: cardboard boxes, rubble bags, wheelie bins), with reference to Heidegger’s essay ‘Building Dwelling Thinking’ (in which he argues that the act of building is a necessary precondition for man’s dwelling).

It will consider depictions of the temporary shelter in contemporary literature (including Peter Reading’s Perduta Gente, a collection of poems focusing on homelessness and dispossession in 1980s Britain), and recount the speaker’s own experiences of rough sleeping in difficult conditions: the thinnest layers of protection set up against the world.

It will also ask whether these unstable, ‘unhomely’ spaces (both of and not of the built environment) are inimical to the groundedness advocated by Heidegger, or if, in fact, the thinness of their skins and their near-invisibility is expressive of a more intimate relationship between the micro and the macro.

We attain to dwelling, so it seems, only by means of building. The latter, building, has the former, dwelling, as its goal. Still, not every building is a dwelling. Bridges and hangars, stadiums and power stations are buildings but not dwellings; railway stations and highways, dams and market halls are built, but they are not dwelling places […] These buildings house man. He inhabits them and yet does not dwell in them, when to dwell means merely that we take shelter in them. Building Dwelling Thinking, Martin Heidegger

LUKE BENNETT (Sheffield Hallam University)

Taking shelter: men in sheds, men in bunkers

This presentation will examine and amplify portions of my 2013 article published in Gender, Place and Culture on the gendered nature of the lure of abandoned nuclear bunkers and the (mostly) male bunker hunters who crave access to them. It will critically examine Joan Smith’s (2001) ‘shed men’ argument, before moving across to consider the socio-technical and traumatic aspects of male bunker-love. The presentation will feature examples of retreat, crisis and attachment enacted by men in abandoned bunkers across the UK, counterposed with similar examples in popular fiction (e.g. Stalker, Take Shelter, Six Feet Under). It will also draw upon the work of Erikson (1964), Bachelard (1969), Jung (O’Donnell 1979), Davies (1994), Mellström (2004) and Virilio (2009) in understanding the bunker siren’s call – showing retreat to these confined spaces as in many instances willed and comforting, thus blurring expected dichotomies between womb and tomb.

Mark Goodwin (poet), in collaboration with Nikki Clayton (photographer) and Brian Lewis (curator)

A poetry reading accompanied by photographs and sound-enhanced poetry entitled Cryptogram of Den

A sequence of poems that explores spaces, emotions, textures, and notions that include

garden, field, story, woodland, den, rurban city-rim, dwelling, civilization, children’s space, nest, loss, miniaturisation …

An accompanying series of Nikki Clayton’s photographs – curated and presented by Brian Lewis (Longbarrow Press)

Richard Bartle (artist)

Richard Bartle will speak about his recent work, Deities at the Bottom of the Garden

Paul Allender (University of Sheffield)

A Hiding Place

This paper will be about ‘Dens, children’s spaces, secret spaces & retreats’. I will describe the hiding place that I, and a friend, had between the ages of 8 and 10 in Neepsend in Sheffield in some detail, and show pictures, and then explore why this particular hiding place was so very important to me at that time and place in my life.

The paper will conclude with a very brief look at some of the theorising of children’s dens and hiding places.

Luisa Golob (Chief Executive, Art in the Park)

A bed sheet, a clothes horse and a torch!

Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you develop ideas or projects?

These are questions I am asked on a regular basis.

My answer is in imagination.

This will be a short talk on how playing as a child, creating new worlds in my back garden and having the freedom to explore has lead me to being a CEO of an arts charity in Sheffield.

The day will conclude with a walk in Furnace Park.

Another occursus symposium // MICROHABITATS

On March 28th 2014 occursus will host the next in its series of interdisciplinary symposia, this time on the theme of microhabitats.

Beavers' den
Ph. T.L. Carroll (2006)

The symposium will be the first in a series of events and workshops delivered in collaboration with Art in the Park, to build huts, nests and dens at Furnace Park with a view to creating spaces for conversation, story telling, music, poetry and other activities.

Possible topics of discussion include but are not limited to:

urban scale, huts, sheds, studios, dens, nests, micro environments, children’s spaces, dwelling, secret spaces, retreats, gardens, caravans

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, screenings, readings, performances and exhibitions on this theme. Please email a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk by February 15th with a short description of your proposal, listing any equipment that would be needed.

Programme for Friday’s symposium // Critical Engagements with Engagement

Critical Engagements With Engagement

@ Bloc (71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield, S1 4RB)

Public engagement with higher education; what is at stake when creative practitioners facilitate change in communities; the relationships between the practices of artists and urban policy makers; the line between public engagement as a democratic tool for society’s voice and as a mould for society’s form; public engagement in industry; public resistance in public engagement; the public’s role in academia; the ‘participatory turn’ and its relational, dialogical and collaborative aesthetics; conceptualising publics; how cultural context inflects public participation; temporality of public engagement; sustainable public engagement; acrimony in public practices

10am                Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson – Welcome and introduction

10.20am          Greg Oldfield

10.40               Dr Matt Cheeseman

11.00               Coffee and discussion

11.30               Emma Cocker

11.50               Dr Paul Allender

12.10               Vicky Ward

12.30               Lunch

1.25                 Dr Pete Watt

1.45                 Professor Vanessa Toulmin

2.05                 Dr Katie Edwards

2.25                 Coffee and discussion

2.40                 Liz Hainsworth

3.00                 Kate Genever and Steve Pool

3.20                 Dr Gary Rivett & Dr Laura King

3.40                 Discussion

4pm                 Close

Places are free but limited. Please reserve a place by emailing Amanda Crawley Jackson (a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk)

Critical engagements with engagement

We’re delighted to announce that the next occursus symposium – Critical Engagements with Engagement – will take place at Bloc (71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield, S1 4RB), 10am-4pm, Friday July 26th.

Speakers include:

Professor Vanessa Toulmin – Director of National Fairground Archive, Head of Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield

Dr Paul Allender – teaches in the Department of Education at the University of Sheffield; Visual Artist, Performer & Director

Emma Cocker – Writer, Artist, and Senior Lecturer of Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University

Dr Eugenia Cheng – Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Sheffield & Chair of Schools Liaison

Vicky Ward – Director of Stories from the Street, Sheffield

Dr Peter Watt – Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield

Dr Katie Edwards – Lecturer in The Bible in Contemporary Culture and Society at the University of Sheffield and Public Engagement Ambassador for the NCCPE (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement)

Dr Gary Rivett – Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of History at the University of Sheffield, and partner in academic-activist collaboration, Stories of Activism in Sheffield

Laura King completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2011 and is now a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. As well as researching the history of fatherhood, she works on Arts Engaged, which aims to develop innovative partnerships between universities and those beyond the campus. You can find her on twitter @DrLauraKing.

Greg Oldfield – Head of Public Engagement with Research at the University of Sheffield

Kate Genever and Steve Pool – artists and founders of The Poly-Technic, established in 2012 and aiming to provide a melting pot for ideas and explore how knowledge can be found in places and people as well as books and the internet. The ambition is to bring people together and further thinking around the intersection between art, places and research.

Matt Cheeseman – Curator and Research Fellow at the School of English, University of Sheffield. Matt convenes the Student Experience Network for the Society of Research into Higher Education.

Liz Hainsworth – Artist and graduate of St Martin’s; board member of STEAM

Titles of papers and programme to be announced shortly.

There will be a free lunch for all participants.

To reserve a free place, please use our eventbrite registration form

Symposium – Critical Engagements with Engagement. CFP

The next occursus symposium will take place on Friday 26th July, 10am – 4pm at the Bloc gallery, Sheffield. The symposium will not focus on specific case studies, but will consist more of the discussions and debates which surround public and artistic engagement.

The topics we would like to cover in this symposium include, but are not limited to:

Public engagement with higher education; what is at stake when creative practitioners facilitate change in communities; the relationships between the practices of artists and urban policy makers; the line between public engagement as a democratic tool for society’s voice and as a mould for society’s form; public engagement in industry; public resistance in public engagement; the public’s role in academia; the ‘participatory turn’ and its relational, dialogical and collaborative aesthetics; conceptualising publics; how cultural context inflects public participation; temporality of public engagement; sustainable public engagement; acrimony in public practices

If you would like to submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper, screening, small exhibition or other intervention, please email Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk) by July 15th at the latest.

Listen to Emma Bolland’s intervention at Post-Traumatic Landscapes

An audio recording of Emma Bolland’s intervention at the recent occursus symposium on post-traumatic landscapes is now available to listen to here.

Emma Bolland’s EVERY PLACE A PALIMPSEST (Part Two) focuses on Prince Phillip Playing Fields (municipal playing fields located on the borders of the Scott Hall and Chapeltown areas of Leeds) and incorporates texts by John Newling, Gordon Burn and David Peace.

Presented at CADS, Sheffield, Wednesday 22 May 2013. Recorded by Brian Lewis.

Programme for Post-Traumatic Landscapes Symposium, May 22nd

  • 10am – Open & coffee
  • Post-traumatic landscapes? Amanda Crawley Jackson
  • 10.20am – Neepsend to Parson Cross. Paul Allender and Eddy Dreadnought
  • 10.40am – The Meridian. Brian Lewis
  • 11am – America Deserta Revisited. Tom Keeley.
  • 11.20am – Discussion
  • 11.40am – Regeneration as Trauma. Julia Dobson
  • 12pm – Cyprien Gaillard’s work in Glasgow. Suzanne Robinson
  • 12.20pm – Discussion
  • 12.30 – Entropy at Charnwood Quarry. A film by Martin Blundell and Mark Goodwin
  • 12.45 – Discussion

1pm –  Free Lunch

Choose from a selection of:
A Selection of Freshly Baked Soft and Seeded Rolls

Authentic Mixed Samosa Selection V
Chicken Yakitori Skewer H
Yorkshire Crisps
Creamy Lancashire and Roast Vegetable Quiche V
Mini Peppered Steak Pie
Selection of Yorkshire Cocktail Sausages with Barbecue Dip
Selected Fresh Fruits
Mini Cake Bites
A selection of mini cakes including chocolate brownies, flapjacks, tiffin and
lemon drizzle cake.

  • 1.45pm – The Baroque Melancholy of Hashima. Mark Pendleton
  • 2.30pm – a slip of the land / a slip of the language. Paul Evans
  • 2.50pm – Discussion and coffee/tea & biscuits
  • 3.10pm – The Ghosts of Furnace Park. Luke Bennett
  • 3.30pm – Every Place a Palimpsest, Part 2. Emma Bolland
  • 3.50pm – Closing discussion
  • 4.30pm – Close

The symposium takes place at CADS, 5-7 Smithfield, Sheffield, S3 7AR.

Exhibition of works by MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

PALIMPSEST presents work by ‘MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall’ a collaboration between Emma Bolland, Thomas Rodgers and Judit Bodor. Using texts from 1980, a novel by David Peace which re-imagines the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper as a starting points, they are making visits to key sites referenced in the book, enacting research as ‘performance for camera’, walking and talking, collecting a forensic flora of ‘edgeland’ botanical specimens, and mediating their experiences through the lens of Peace’s texts. The outcomes of this project are open-ended, and include drawings, photographs, sound works, film, performance, and texts. In addition to an ongoing series of exhibitions, the project has been presented at Redrawing The Maps, a week of events contextualised by the John Berger ‘Art and Property Now exhibition at Somerset House, London. Emma Bolland will be presenting ”What Is A Book If It Will Not Be A Book’, referencing the creation of a creative codex for the project at Impact8, an international conference of print at The University of Dundee.

The research blog for the project can be found at: http://youwillhearmecall.wordpress.com/

Emma Bolland paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

EVERY PLACE A PALIMPSEST  Part Two

Emma Bolland

The paper will focus on Prince Phillip Playing Fields; municipal playing fields located on the borders of the Scott Hall and Chapeltown areas of Leeds.  This was the site of the murder, and subsequent discovery of the body of Wilma McCann: a victim of Peter Sutcliffe, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ The paper will examine the anonymity of the site, and the exploration of the idea of the ‘non-space’ as an attempted erasure of traumatic histories; referencing the writings of Gordon Burn and John Newling and their examination of Gloucester City Council’s demolition of 25 Cromwell Street; the home of Fred and Rosemary West. The author’s history and ‘pre-history’ of a continuing personal and creative relationship with the site will locate the experience of site as mediated through the lenses, mythologies and narratives of contested memories, media representations, and pre-existing themes of landscape and trauma as central to her practice. The conclusion will examine the site’s position in relation to the author’s on going collaborative project  ‘MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall’, (the project blog can be found at http://youwillhearmecall.wordpress.com/ ). The paper will be contextualised by an exhibition of visual work from the project.

BIOGRAPHY

 Emma Bolland is an artist and writer. She resumed her visual and written practice in 2004, after several years as a professional musician, focussing on narratives of danger and sexual risk filtered through the site, landscape, and contemporary and folk myth, using media including drawing, installation, film, text, performance and sound.

To reserve a free place at the symposium, please visit our eventbrite page.

The Baroque Melancholy of Hashima: Post-traumatic landscapes symposium

The Baroque Melancholy of Hashima

This presentation is a joint iteration of our performance project Hashima, begun in 2012, and continuing with AHRC ‘Care for Future’ funding. Combining the work of a performance theorist, geographer, geologist, environmentalist, historian of Japanese culture, and visual artist, the project is based on a series of field trips to Hashima, Japan, a former site of intensive offshore coal-mining and once the most densely populated spot on earth.  It is perhaps best known in the popular imagination as the base of the mysterious, oedipal villain in the recent Bond movie Skyfall. Our field trips allow us to gather materials to be reworked into a number of creative outputs, including postcards, improvisational scores, site-specific performances, soundscape, and installations. Underpinning the project is a collective concern with the future of ruins in a traumatised landscape. More specifically, we want to rethink the meaning of ecological horizons through a non-sentimental encounter with a human and non-human past, present and future. While we do not ignore the specificity of Hashima, we want to draw out its allegorical value as a site of monstrous transformation and futural possibility.

Presenter Biographies:

Professor Deborah Dixon works at the boundary of the arts and sciences, including looking at “monstrous” geography and BioArt, where artists take living tissue as their artistic medium. She teaches in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Carina Fearnley is a Lecturer in Environmental Hazards at Aberystwyth University and a specialist in Disaster Risk Reduction. She focuses on the role of understanding and communicating uncertainty, risk, and complexity to develop resilience to natural and environmental hazards.

Lee Hassall is a performance artist, course leader in Fine Arts at the University of Worcester and a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University. His research proposes reclaiming a sense of the visual within the study of landscape and explores and contextualises articulation of the visual in relation to the performative.

Professor Carl Lavery teaches theatre and performance at Aberystwyth University. He has authored several books on space and performance, and is currently involved in a number of AHRC funded projects exploring the relationship between community, ecology and environment.

Dr Mark Pendleton is Lecturer of Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield. A social and cultural historian, he is interested in how people relate to the past through memory texts, sites and practices. He is currently working on a large-scale research project on modern and industrial ruins in Japan.

To reserve a free place at the symposium (which will take place on May 22nd, 10am-4pm), please visit our eventbrite page.

Tom Keeley paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes Symposium

America Deserta Revisited

Tom Keeley

In the 1980s English architecture historian and critic Reyner Banham published an account of his travels across his adopted home of the United States, Scenes in America Deserta. This critic-cum-tourist model revealed the eccentric byways of American culture while assaying its range of natural features. At a point when the country’s national character and international standing were in transitional, if not perilous, condition, America Deserta Revisited documented a journey across the United States in the summer of 2011. Engaging the country by train at a time when petrol was at the centre of debate in the American economy and politics, this series looked for the key urban issues facing a country in flux.

The third instalment of the series focussed on the city of Detroit, Michigan; a city that has been described, almost mythically in recent years, as the symbol of post-industrial decline. America Deserta Revisited went to explore whether a new model of urbanism, of ingenuity, could provide solutions for the city’s future.

America Deserta Revisited was made into series of publications, and published as essays for the Italian design and architecture magazine Domus.

Biography

Tom Keeley is an artist, writer and researcher concerned with exploring unsung geographies, everyday landscapes and overlooked architectures, often through printed matter. His work is in the collections of the National Art Library at the V&A; and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.

http://www.range-editions.com

tom keeley

To reserve a free place at the symposium (which will take place on May 22nd, 10am-4pm), please visit our eventbrite page.

Paul Evans paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

a slip of the land |

a slip of the language

Paul Evans

The story of the various meanings of the English word ‘landscape’ makes up an interesting example of the “dynamic construal” of meaning. The ‘Seven Wonders’ project, based on Thomas Hobbes 16th century poem ‘De Mirabilibus Pecci – BEING THE WONDERS OF THE PEAK IN DARBY-SHIRE’, is also a dynamic and collaborative structuring of experience, juxtaposing contemporary poetry and painting.

In this presentation I will reconfigure various poetic/painterly juxtapositions, allowing a degree of slippage to create a new geology of meaning. Focusing on three of the 7 Wonders: Kinder Downfall, Thor’s Cave and Peak Cavern, I will present poems and paintings in new combinations, including ‘Phlegmatic’ by Fay Musselwhite and ‘The Ascent of Kinder Scout’ by Peter Riley (which marks 80 years since the mass trespass that inspired the recent ‘right to roam’ legislation). I will use these to discuss the possibility that all landscape may be ‘post-traumatic’ in the sense of geological process.

I will also ask why the Peak District, the world’s second most popular national park (and a site of immense geological trauma) has, somewhat ironically, come to represent a ‘breathing place’: a site of physical and emotional restoration that encroaches well within the city boundaries of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Biography

Paul Evans is a contemporary artist based in Sheffield. His practice encompasses a variety of creative strategies including drawing, painting and animation. Often working in collaboration with poets, academics and graphic designers, his recent practice reflects a profound interest in the relationship between the human animal and nature.

http://www.seven-wonders.org

http://www.pkevans.co.uk

kinderdownfall2

Paul Evans, The Downfall III (2012), oil on board.

To reserve a free place at the symposium (which will take place on May 22nd, 10am-4pm), please visit our eventbrite page.

Entropy @ Charnwood Quarry : Martyn Blundell and Mark Goodwin at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

In early Spring 2012, Martyn Blundell and Mark Goodwin entered the disused quarter of Charnwood Quarry, near Loughborough. From the quarry rim they worked their way down … passed beneath the M1 Motorway … then entered abandoned workshops and offices …

…  Entropy @ Charnwood Quarry, early Spring 2012  is a film-poem made from that ‘journey’  …

Film duration: approx 9 minutes

Film production: Martyn Blundell

Poetry, vocals and audio production: Mark Goodwin

Biographies

Martyn Blundell is a video artist who has, since 1995, exhibited his work widely, both in the UK and internationally. In his current video work, Martyn is interested in: ‘prompting reflection on the relationship between then and now, presence and absence; and looking for the emotional traces left behind from our everyday encounters with our environment and our species.’

http://martynblundell.blogspot.co.uk/

Mark Goodwin has published three full-length poetry collections, and three chapbooks. Much of his work is about ‘landscape’. Mark has a particular interest in ‘rurban’ rim-lands and the dilapidated. He has exhibited and often collaborated with Sheffield’s Longbarrow Press, through audio-recording poetry outdoors. The following is from Mark’s chapbook, Layers of Un, published by Shearsman Books:

a partly eradicated

stairwell to

a plain of waste

land droning

with a fizz

of worlds’

dissolving

http://www.shearsman.com/pages/books/authors/goodwinA.html

Martyn1

Martyn2

Reserve a free place at the symposium (which will take place on May 22nd, 10am-4pm) here.

Paul Allender and Eddy Dreadnought paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

Neepsend to Parson Cross: a Migration

Paul Allender and Eddy Dreadnought

This paper presents direct, lived episodes from Paul of his childhood in Neepsend, and rehousing to the Parson Cross estate, a few miles north. Alternating with these memories is commentary from Eddy, which seeks to briefly contextualize them. These contexts include the interacting physical and social geographies of Neepsend over time, the nature of trauma, memory, and the psychiatry of PTSD.

The paper is obsessed with the River Don, and the turbulence of a student death in a raft race. The authors will touch on their ritual performance of ‘abreaction’ for the river, a Deleuzian ‘body without organs’.

The authors will also touch on other local flows and migrations, including the daily flow of non-resident day and night workers and their visitors into this now depopulated and virtually post-industrial area.

Biographies

Paul Allender works part-time as a Teaching Associate in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield and part-time as an engaged artist on Parson Cross council estate in Sheffield on a Yorkshire Artspace funded programme. He lived in Neepsend in Sheffield from age 0-11 and moved from there to Parson Cross.

He has made a short film about discovering art on Parson Cross. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mX6ec64tIs

Eddy Dreadnought is a full-time contemporary artist. Last year he devised a walk around Upperthorpe, posted on the Occursus website, and showed related drawings and a DVD at a PlastiCités event. His favourite part of Upperthorpe is Neepsend, and he is delighted to collaborate with Paul who grew up there.

Eddy’s work can be seen on http://eddydreadnought.tumblr.com/

Student boat race

 

Student boat race

Book your free place at the symposium (which will take place on May 22nd, 10am-4pm) here.