Julia Dobson paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

Julia Dobson

In 1992-1993 French filmmaker Dominique Cabrera was commissioned to make a series of documentaries on the regeneration of Val Fourré, a densely populated banlieue / ‘outer-city’ area west of Paris. This regeneration project centred on the initial demolition of a set of tower blocks. In contrast to the public discourses which demonised the built environment as cause and emblem of social disrepair and presented  social and economic progress as inevitable consequences of serial regenerations, Cabrera’s  films trace the loss of shared place and collective identity. Viewing regeneration as trauma Cabrera’s  film-making strategies work to assert subjective sensual experience and to play with the constructions of time associated with the photographic and the filmic image respectively to assert a durationality of shared space and the present inscription of memory.

Biography

Julia Dobson is Reader in French Film and Performance at the University of Sheffield. She has published on the theatre of Hélène Cixous, performing objects, French film and documentary. Her recent book Negotiating the Auteur (Manchester University Press 2012) includes a chapter on the documentary and fiction films of Dominique Cabrera.

http://www.shef.ac.uk/french/staff/jdobson

Julia Dobson

Dominique Cabrera, Chronique d’une banlieue ordinaire (1993)

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Luke Bennett paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

The Ghosts of Furnace Park

Luke Bennett

Seeing is in part a matter of projecting, and the blanker, the more mundane the space, the more we project onto it in order to animate it and render it meaningful. But, no one reading – no matter how thorough – ever fully captures the site itself. We hunt out and take that which nourishes us. We ignore that which is tasteless to our particular palates. We all search only for treasures that we hope – or expect – to find there.

This paper will present a subjective account of gazing upon a plot of derelict land in the centre of Sheffield, of the personal ghosts summoned in the attempt to commune with other ghosts that the archive tells me I should find at this site. The piece will show how onlookers and those engaging with such sites are haunted by the ghosts of other places, and the spectre of things that may or may not be present at the site under examination. This is a sideways haunting, but a haunting none the less. It is a disturbance of thought that has very real – and very practical – effects upon the land that such anxieties afflict.

Biography

Luke is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of the Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests are centred around the intersection of materialities, ideas and practices in the built environment, with particular focus upon dereliction, urban exploration, metal theft and practices of land ownership.

Luke’s blog is at: http://lukebennett13.wordpress.com

Luke Bennett

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Brian Lewis paper at Post-Traumatic Landscapes symposium

The Meridian

Brian Lewis

‘He wept because he could not prevent himself from departing on a trip when the need took him; he deserted family, work and daily life to walk as fast as he could, straight ahead…’

Mad Travellers, Ian Hacking

This presentation will open with a discussion of the ambulant automatism of the fugueur, with specific reference to Ian Hacking’s Mad Travellers (which reflects on a moment in European culture when ‘compulsive walking’ was recognized as a discrete illness).

It will then consider distinctions (and similarities) between the compulsive walking addressed by Hacking (movement through landscape impelled by trauma) and the speaker’s practice of immersive walking (movement through landscape impelled towards trauma). Through case studies, including accounts of ‘under-resourced’ long-distance walks undertaken by the speaker (culminating in a night walk from Hull to Spurn Point), the presentation will detail the effects of sleeplessness, hunger and exposure (and other ambient conditions) on the walker’s experience of the landscape.

It will also posit a relationship between a psychological estrangement from the landscape (by trauma accrued through walking) and physical immersion in the landscape, with reference to Burke’s concept of the sublime: a region defined by that which is “dark, uncertain and confused.”

Biography

Brian Lewis is editor and curator of Longbarrow Press, a Sheffield-based poetry publisher. His creative practice includes collaborations with poets on film and audio works that focus on marginal landscapes. He regularly undertakes extended walks in the east of England with the objective of depleting his physical and psychological resources.

http://thehalt.wordpress.com

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Ph. Brian Lewis, 2013

Book your free place at the symposium (which will take place on May 22nd 2013, 10am-4pm) here.

Post-traumatic landscapes update

Our programme of speakers will be announced very shortly, but as a teaser we thought we would let you know that they include Brian Lewis, Emma Bolland, Luke Bennett, Mark Pendleton, Martyn Blundell and Mark Goodwin, Tom Keeley, Julia Dobson, Amanda Crawley Jackson, Paul Allender and Eddy Dreadnought. The event will also include an exhibition and screenings.

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

Reminder: Call for papers – post-traumatic landscapes

Call for papers and interventions: Post-Traumatic Landscapes (Sheffield, May 22 2013)

In the third of our series of cross-disciplinary symposia, we’ll be exploring post-traumatic landscapes.

The symposium will take place on Wednesday May 22nd, 10am-4pm. There will also be a screening of Detroit Wild City (dir. Florent Tillon) at the Showroom Cinema on May 21st, as part of the symposium programme.

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

socio-geological approaches to post-traumatic landscapes; physical traumas on the landscape and how they’re erased/covered over; contamination as a post-traumatic trace; the politics of erasure, regeneration, ‘moving on’; aftermath (consequences or after-effects of an event; second growth); ruptures in forgetting; photograph as a post-traumatic artefact; blankness and invisibility; absorption; landscape and PTSD – hypervigilance, structures of forgetting, avoidance; plasticity (cognitive reformatting, etc); affect, vibrant matter, materiality; the geologic now; the archaeology of the contemporary past (Victor Buchli, Gavin Lucas); beyond the ruin

If you would like to submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper, screening or small exhibition, please email Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk) by April 25th.

Call for papers and interventions: Post-Traumatic Landscapes (Sheffield, May 22 2013)

In the third of our series of cross-disciplinary symposia, we’ll be exploring post-traumatic landscapes.

The symposium will take place on Wednesday May 22nd, 10am-4pm. There will also be a screening of Detroit Wild City (dir. Florent Tillon) at the Showroom Cinema on May 21st, as part of the symposium programme.

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

socio-geological approaches to post-traumatic landscapes; physical traumas on the landscape and how they’re erased/covered over; contamination as a post-traumatic trace; the politics of erasure, regeneration, ‘moving on’; aftermath (consequences or after-effects of an event; second growth); ruptures in forgetting; photograph as a post-traumatic artefact; blankness and invisibility; absorption; landscape and PTSD – hypervigilance, structures of forgetting, avoidance; plasticity (cognitive reformatting, etc); affect, vibrant matter, materiality; the geologic now; the archaeology of the contemporary past (Victor Buchli, Gavin Lucas); beyond the ruin

If you would like to submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper, screening or small exhibition, please email Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson (a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk) by April 25th.

Final programme for Art + Law symposium (and lunch menu)

ART + LAW

A free symposium

Friday March 15 2013

10am-4pm

@ CADS, 5-7 Smithfield, Sheffield S3 7AR

PLACES ARE FREE BUT LIMITED. PLEASE VISIT http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4673718217 TO REGISTER 

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE LUNCH

10am                    Registration and coffees

10.15am               Introduction; Amanda Crawley Jackson & Matthew Cheeseman (University of Sheffield): Furnace Park – site,    commons, law

10.45am               Discussion & questions

11am                       Luke Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University): Awkward Objects and Slippery Surfaces – mundane law, everyday aesthetics and thinglyness

11.40am               John O’Shea (artist): Black Market Pudding: Challenges Facing Novel Animal-Derived Produce in the European Marketplace

12.15pm               Discussion and questions

12.30pm               Lunch

Optional visit to Furnace Park

2pm                        Richard Taylor (partner, DLA Piper LLP): Art + Law

2.40pm                  Clare Scott (University of Sheffield): images, copyight

3.00pm                  Heath Bunting (artist): borders/identity/security

3.40pm                  Discussion

4pm                         Close

Lunch menu

A selection of sandwiches on soft grain, granary, malted wheat, oatmeal and tomato bread, filled with our chef’s choice of meat, fish and vegetarian fillings.

Accompanied by: Mini muffins and assorted Danish pastries, with a fresh fruit bowl

Fresh orange juice and mineral water

Heath Bunting to speak at art + law symposium

We’re delighted to announce that the artist Heath Bunting will be speaking at the free art + law symposium (Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Gell Street S3) on March 14th on the question of borders/identity/security.

Heath was one of the early practitioners of net art and is known for exploring and crossing the boundaries of legality in his practice.

Places at the symposium are free but limited. To reserve a place, please email Amanda Crawley Jackson: a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk

You can read Emma Cocker’s book chapter on Bunting’s work with Kayle Brandon – ‘Border Crossings: Practices for Beating the Bounds’ – here.

BorderXing is an ongoing project (2002 onwards) where Brandon and Bunting endeavour to illegally cross the national borders of various European countries, without interruption from customs, immigration or border police. Approached through the frame of liminality it becomes possible to argue that within this project, the border is not so much crossed in resistance to its specific law and logic, as activated as a critical site of resistance, wherein to practise or rehearse a set of tactics through which wider structures of capture and control might also be challenged.

Emma Cocker, ‘Border Crossings: Practices for Beating the Bounds’, in Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-Between, edited by Hazel Andrews and Les Roberts (London: Routledge, 2012).

Date confirmed for Art + Law symposium

Art + Law

Free symposium (including free lunch for participants)

Thursday March 14th 2012, 10am – 4pm

Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

Including a free information session & workshop hosted by Free Law at the University of Sheffield

and featuring a series of papers and interventions on subjects including boundaries, re|appropriation, copy|ing, commons, fakery, copyright | copyleft

Lawyer in residence: Richard Taylor, DLA Piper 

Richard specialises in intellectual property, technology and commercial law. He advises on transactions and disputes for entities ranging from major corporates to SMEs, including enterprises in the life science and technology sectors, brand and design-rich companies, public bodies and HEIs.

Places are free but limited. To reserve, please email Amanda Crawley Jackson: a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk

If you would like to present a discussion paper or show a work, please send a short proposal by email.

art & law symposium

In June this year and in collaboration with Art Sheffield, occursus hosted a symposium on the theme of art and work.

We’re pleased to announce that in February, we’ll be hosting a second symposium, this time on the theme of art and law.

As well as exploring issues such as copyright, commons, resale, re-use and appropriation, we hope to have a lawyer (or lawyers) in residence for the day.

The symposium will be jointly organised by occursus and Peter Odell from the University of Sheffield’s School of Law.

We’ll be posting more information about dates and the venue soon. In the meantime, however, if you are interested in participating or presenting a paper/performance/work, please email Amanda Crawley Jackson at a.j.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk