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.