Call for papers: artists and spatial inequality

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MOVING POPULATIONS, SCANT RESOURCES, CHANGING COMMUNITIES: with this one-day symposium we want to have some dialogue about artistic practice that engages with radical and mobile approaches to geography that could include gentrification, colonialism or environmentalism.

Here is the call for papers.

SPATIAL MUTUALITY SYMPOSIUM:
ARTISTS and MIGRATION, MATERIALS and URBAN CHANGE

Date: Thursday 23rd May 2019
Location: University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS
Times: 10:00 – 19:00

Call for papers: SPATIAL MUTUALITY SYMPOSIUM – ARTISTS and MIGRATION, MATERIALS and URBAN CHANGE
 
Date: Thursday 23rd May 2019
Location: University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS
Times: 10:00 – 19:00
 

Spatial mobilities of people and materials are emerging as important political and cultural issues (of our time). These mobilities may be related to conflicts, urbanisation, material resource extraction and the pressure of economic inequalities of North and South (all of or in any combination of the above). The work of artists in researching and collecting narratives and accounts of migration, uncovering material processes, and charting urban change is crucial in making our world of spatial mutuality visible.

The late Doreen Massey contended that space is constructed by narrative and the unfolding of personal and community identity. She suggested work foregrounding spatiality and mobility offers new frameworks for understanding the social world and the financial and political forces that shape it. The narrative and analytical potentiality of mobility and our material environment have been particularly of interest to lens based practitioners and those working with socially engaged practice. More recent analyses have explored data and material constitution of spatiality. (cf Faizal & Weizmann 2017, Harvey 2012, Kurgan 2013, Paglen 2018) Artists have used all these approaches and more in their work.

This one day symposium at UCA seeks 20 minute contributions from artists responding to these broad themes of migration, materials and urban change in three panels, with an emphasis on exploring identity and spatiality. We are seeking those working in a diversity of socially engaged practices, contexts and broadly using lens and auditory based media forms. We encourage a diversity of practitioners and presentation forms.
 
The three panels of this symposium are:
 
MIGRATION – artists working with themes of dislocation and place; the dislocation of narratives; and participatory practice.
 
MATERIALS / RESOURCES – artists working with the movement and use of materials in the global economy; issues of resource exploitation; waste; toxicity; exploitation of labour; de/re-colonisation.
 
COMMUNITY CHANGE – artists working with gentrification; social and spatial segregation.
 
Keynote speakers:
 
Christine Molloy, Desperate Optimists
Professor Alison Blunt & Dr Olivia Sheringham, Queen Mary University of London
Call for papers:
 
This one-day symposium at UCA seeks 20-minute contributions from artists and filmmakers responding to the above broad panel themes. We encourage a diversity of practices and presentation forms.
 
If you would like to present at this symposium, please send abstracts of 250 words maximum for 20-minute presentations; a biography of 100 words maximum; and any technical requirements for the presentation to:
 
Stephen Connolly stephen.connolly@uca.ac.uk
David Rule drule2@uca.ac.uk
 
Deadline for abstract submission: 31st March 12:00 (UK time)
 
Presentations to be confirmed: 12th April

 

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