Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 05.06.23 | 18:15 – 19:15 The RGS-IBG medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching, policy, and public engagement. They are presented annually in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions. Congratulations to Harriet Fraser and Rob Fraser (somewhere-nowhere) for winning the Cherry Kearton Medal and Award this year, “for their discipline-crossing work, aiming to shed light on the seldom-seen and seldom-heard in the context of rural landscapes.” The RGS-IBG Cherry Kearton Medal and Award is for a traveller concerned with the study or practice of natural history, with a preference for those with an interest in nature photography, art or cinematography. Read more
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 31.03.23 [11:59pm EST] We are now accepting applications to the 2023 Rabbit Island Residency Program. This year we anticipate awarding three residencies that will take place between June and September. With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and continued contributions from donors we are excited to offer successful applicants the following: $3000 (USD) unrestricted honorarium, 3-week residency on Rabbit Island, exhibition in the annual Rabbit Island publication and online archive, connections to partner institutions for exhibition and performance opportunities, and mainland housing as needed. Read more
The Barbican, London, UK 15.04.23 | 14:30 – 15:30 BST and online 17.04.23 | 19:00 – 20:00 BST For April we will co-journey together in reading Gathering Moss. Together we will learn how mosses might be “a model for how we might live” (Kimmerer) and each go on a guided individual moss pilgrimage to connect with the sensualities of one of the world’s oldest plants. Drawing on her life as a scientist, a mother, and a Native American, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as within the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world. In-person registration – Gathering Moss book by Robin Wall Kimmerer and moss pilgrimage – the event is open to all and costs £5, please register via the link. Online registration – Gathering Moss book by Robin Wall Kimmerer and moss pilgrimage – the event is open to all and costs £5, please register via the …
ALTER- (Altitude Laboratory Transition Experiments Research), Chandolin, Switzerland 01.07.23 – 31.08.23 The TSOEG Team counter-mapping project ‘We are the Weathers’ has been selected for the 2023 edition of ALTER- in Switzerland. The project will use transdisciplinary fieldwork to explore the weather as a high mountain entity – investigating its shape-shifting characters, physical influences and event based performances. Drawing on local imaginaries and collective fieldwork the project remaps the Val d’Anniviers to reflect the embodied presence of weather on the people, places, histories and futures of the Alpine landscape. TSOEG Team ALTER- 2023: Luce Choules, Laura Harrington, E. Jackson, Carlo Rizzo, and Roisner. Read more
Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Greece 04.03.23 – 21.05.23 The central exhibition of the 8th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art aims to think critically about co-existence and collaborative practices as creative tools for handling the multiple crises that we face. Thinking through being as communion, 28 artists via their respective practices touch on various forms of more than human collaborations, with our spectral past and our challenging present, thinking of how we can co-exist with animate life around us, the land that we stand on, the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. Being as Communion will focus on inclusive practices that explore different forms of care, love and mutuality, whilst also proposing generous forms of support systems. Invited artists and artist collectives will explore the human impact on the eco-systems that we share, whilst suggesting forms of more equitable existence, for humanimal survival, probing to what extent we can learn new ways of being with, rather than dominating the world around us. Artists: Jumana Emil Abboud, Campus Νovel, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Thanasis …
Trying to make sense of how I might engage with space-place and further my work whilst confined to the same room that I ate, slept and worked in, the #fieldworkingfromhome series explores the sites and re-imagined sounds of the field in H0 (1:87) miniature scale. See more
Artist Matt Parker is now part of the TSOEG network. Matt Parker is a Sonospheric Investigator; an artist researching the resonances between things. His multimedia works are influenced by the practice of listening; to unsound vibratory ecologies and the economies of noise. His research engages with sound studies, media ecology, field recording and environmental humanities through a spectral art practice. Read more
Jane & Jeremy – publisher Véronique Rolland‘s ‘Memories of an Unknown Island’ is a project about a place that does not exist – a utopia created from a collection of photographs from a plethora of locations Rolland has visited. Together they visually and emotionally blend into one and transform into an ideal fictional land. In doing this the boundaries are blurred between the real and the constructed, it is the creation of an island that is not real, made up of previous memories and fleeting moments, it is grounded in the factual but transformed into a fantasy. Read more
Eurasian Curlews come to the fields where we live in south Cumbria every year to nest and breed; but like curlews across the UK they are endangered. Tracking curlews, connecting with ornithologists, ecologists and farmers locally and elsewhere in the UK, and forming a local WhatsApp group to discuss the status of curlews in our small region became our focus for three months in 2020. See more
Keweenaw Observing Station is a collaborative multimedia artwork that examines the effect of climate change on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes System. The work consists of a series of site responsive, portable sculptures that function as observational stations/instrumentation as well as repositories of information. See more
Artists Aly Ogasian + Claudia O’Steen are now part of the TSOEG network. Combining photography, video, installation, and performance, Ogasian and O’Steen cast themselves in the role of explorer or knowledge seeker and traverse a series of scenarios that are at once deeply absurd and poetic. Through a robust research practice they develop systems that fuse historic, contemporary and imagined versions of marine navigation, nautical surveying, astronomy, geology and cartography. Read more
ICI Berlin, KULTURLABOR Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Germany 18.01.23 | 19:00 ECT Artists’ studios have emerged throughout time as spaces that are not only real but also imaginary (e.g., today the virtual space of a computer). With the change of artistic idioms and practices, studios have evolved from spaces in which one can think and create in solitude to dynamic environments for (collective) production, social interaction, and the presentation of works along with their storage, possibly in a well-organized archive. Furthermore, studios have been associated with an inspiration and an independence that, when it comes to output, give rise to an oscillation between vast expectations and often-uncertain outcomes. Part of the Series ‘The Artist’s Space: Situating the Studio Today’ with Marysia Lewandowska and Alice Pedroletti, moderated by Cristina Baldacci and Claudia Peppel. This event is particularly concerned with the gendered coding of the studio. Is the studio still a gendered place and, if yes, what kind of frame does it provide for female artists today? Do they — who have often been denied creative agency …
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK opens 22.10.22 | PV 21.10.22 18:00-20:00 Hinterlands is a group exhibition that invites us to consider our relationship with the land and its ecosystems. The artists showcased explore complex histories, mythologies, legacies and potential futures for its custodianship. The show considers the landscape of the North East, its histories, mythologies and legacies and potential futures for custodianship. New commissions and existing works by artists connected with the area reflect on ideas of rootedness and belonging, human and more-than-human relationships, boundaries, land and time in the era of the climate emergency. The idea of hinterlands – the land away from the coast or the banks of a river – is at the core of the exhibition, which explores what lies beyond the visible or known. Considering land and place as a complex layering of relationships, the exhibition will explore these ideas through innovative artistic processes and approaches, including through the possibilities of materials and contexts: geological, biological and social, shaped and hardened by history. Artists: Michele Allen, Uma Breakdown, Jo …
RPS Gallery, Bristol, UK 09.09.22 – 06.11.22 Squaring the Circles of Confusion: Neo-Pictorialism in the 21st Century is curated by Zelda Cheatle, RPS Honorary Fellow, and features work from Takashi Arai, Susan Derges, David George, Joy Gregory, Tom Hunter, Ian Phillips McLaren, Céline Bodin, and Spencer Rowell. Read more
Contouring is used to navigate around a hill following a contour ring. In prioritising the form of navigation that mainly uses the map’s contours I adopted contouring as a metaphor and a personal synonym to describe my solitary walking away from the footpaths, and without a desire to move upwards as a goal. [includes a place-specific conversation with Hugh Nicholson] See more
Deep Time, Cumbria, UK residency programme 2022 The PLACE Collective (founded by somewhere-nowhere) will be working with the Deep Time programme, Copeland Borough Council and the University of Cumbria, to support three artists in residence and to connect them with researchers at the Centre for National Parks and Protected areas for their period of residency. The deadline for applications is 8 May 2022. Read more
AqTushetii workshop programme 22 May – 5 June 2022 (funding update) AqTushetii and Wilderness Archive have secured funding to host 3 participants from Ukraine for their forthcoming residency in Georgia (including travel); and a grant from British Council to host 3 participants from the UK (excluding travel). Please share widely through your networks. AqTushetii is a festival/residency program located in the north east of Georgia within the Caucasus Mountain range. ‘Wilderness as Archive’ is a two-week-long workshop/lecture series, led by curator/researcher and founder of the Wilderness Archive Carlo Rizzo, Artistic Director and co-founder of Tbilisi Photo Festival and Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum Nestan Nijaradze and artist and founder of the Temporal School of Experimental Geography Luce Choules. The residency includes special sessions dedicated to field recording. All workshops, lectures and sessions are held in English. Read more
AHA Research Network, University College London with Slade School of Fine Art, UK 06.04.22 | 16:00-17:30 GMT The Archaeology-Heritage-Art Research Network examines the varied ways in which archaeology, heritage and art converge across a broad range of concepts and practices, from artistic interventions in the museum space to archaeological interpretations which deploy and take inspiration from contemporary art. The AHA Research Network public programme is co-ordinated by Ellen Pavey, Nastassja Simensky and Beverley Butler. In the second event of the AHA 2022 programme series, artist Luce Choules presents A Field of Possible Finds: interconnected sites in (re)performing. “Set in the material field of Athens, Greece, a performed work weaves across different registers of time to build a collection of scenes made from fragments. Drawing on fieldwork, memory, embodied experience and an architectural essay, the extracts become sites of entangled narratives and interpretation, simultaneous collapse and construction. Here, objects connected to passed events (re)perform an ever-unfolding present in mass tourism and the trap of history”. Online booking – Luce Choules: A Field of Possible Finds – …
I’m New Here, dublab, Barcelona, Spain 14.03.22 The comings and goings of migrations often reside at artificial borders designed to divide us. But migrations take place through the air, underwater, and of course through sound and music. This series is dedicated to migrations of all kinds: magnificent or terrifying journeys; the resulting landings and transformations. We all change to be new here. Associate Mark Aitken’s final radio show of the series can be heard on the I’m new Here dublab radio show. “La Ultima! The last show is a two hour compilation from the past 20 editions since September 2019.”
Points of Return, A La Luz, Scotland/USA 01.03.22 Curated after an international open call, Points of Return presents works by 25 artists that highlight some of the impacts that human actions have had on our planet and foster critical thinking about positive change. The title of the exhibition references the fact that we haven’t reached the dreaded “point of no return” – there are still opportunities for our civilisation to curb climate change and move toward a balanced and more sustainable and harmonious way of inhabiting Earth. Points of Return brings to the surface the problematic relationship the human species has toward planet Earth and highlights how human activity, particularly since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, has induced climate breakdown. Yet, we firmly believe there are reasons for optimism. The projects exhibited show that there are multiple paths and approaches that can be taken, in order to restore the environmental balance that we have destabilised. The exhibition is curated by artists David Cass & Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar and can be seen on the Points of …
AqTushetii workshop programme 22 May – 5 June 2022 AqTushetii is a festival/residency program located in the north east of Georgia within the Caucasus Mountain range. ‘Wilderness as Archive’ is a two-week-long workshop/lecture series, led by curator/researcher and founder of the Wilderness Archive Carlo Rizzo, Artistic Director and co-founder of Tbilisi Photo Festival and Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum Nestan Nijaradze and artist and founder of the Temporal School of Experimental Geography Luce Choules. The residency includes special sessions dedicated to field recording. All workshops, lectures and sessions are held in English. Read more
Extracting Us collective, University of Brighton, UK 27.01.22 | 12:00-13:30 GMT Following the online exhibition launch event, three webinars will explore the stories, ideas and practises of the Despite Extractivism contributors and the communities they engage with. The events, featuring performances, presentations and discussions, focus in turn on expanding but intersecting scales, from the body to the global. Embodied, sensory or emotional experiences can evoke (new) sensibilities to extractive realities at a personal level. In this webinar we will explore how particular kinds of creative practises and strategies not only portray such experiences but also motivate embodied persistence or resistance , because of – or despite – extractivism. The ‘Embodiment’ event includes a performance by artist Luce Choules (showing in the exhibition as Choules+Roisner). Despite Extractivism – online exhibition. Register on Eventbrite for ‘Embodiment’ event tickets. Past information on this project can be seen on the ONCA website.
Extracting Us collective, University of Brighton, UK Launch event 20.01.22 | 12:00-13:30 GMT The ‘Despite Extractivism’ online exhibition assembles expressions of care, creativity and community from diverse sites of extraction and geographical contexts. Collectively, the works in this exhibition illuminate and explore ways of questioning, subverting and resisting the logics and impacts of extractivism. Can artistic interventions help foster new sensibilities and solidarities with distanced extractive contexts? Can sites of extraction be a fertile ground for alternatives? The exhibition is part of the ongoing ‘Extracting Us’ collective journey exploring the diverse, uneven but sometimes connected ways in which resource extraction also extracts from communities. The exhibition and associated events include contributions by artist Luce Choules (showing as Choules+Roisner) and associate V’cenza Cirefice (with project participants). Despite Extractivism – online exhibition. Register on Eventbrite for exhibition launch event tickets. Past information on this project can be seen on the ONCA website.
Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Newcastle University, UK December 2021 ‘ENTWINED Online Assemblage’ celebrates the end of the two-year, multi-partner programme ENTWINED:Rural.Land.Lives.Art. The project is organised by VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities). It comprises six mixed-length residencies and associated artist projects. Each artist’s practice explored different aspects of what makes a ‘place’, revealing the interconnectedness of rural land and rural lives. Invited speakers include artists and academics that are concerned with rurality and/or what makes ‘place’. The conference videos seek to interrogate the interconnectedness of rural land and lives, and includes contributions by environmental artist-researchers somewhere-nowhere and artist Laura Harrington. Online assemblage – ENTWINED conference. More information on this project can be seen on the VARC website.
Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, University of Cumbria, UK 01.12.21 | 13:00-17:00 GMT Who gets to define natural beauty? And how do values and aesthetics affect the way we relate to and care for the land around us? 2021 marks 50 years since the designation of the Wye Valley as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and 70 years since the birth of England’s Lake District and Peak District National Parks. The symposium will bring together experts in different disciplines and professions and will incorporate artistic presentations and reflections. It will not aim to answer the question – rather it offers a frame for what we hope will be exciting, inspiring and provocative conversations. There will be short films, presentations, new insights and lively break out sessions, all of which will be reflected on in a post-event report and artwork from the Artist-in-Residence. The event is hosted by the UK’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas at the University of Cumbria, and is run by the PLACE Collective (somewhere-nowhere) with the …
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 06.11.21 – 07.11.21 | 09:30-18:00 GMT The Society’s 45th annual planning weekend will be held online this year. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world. The focus is on small projects with a research component, but anyone planning expeditions or fieldwork is welcome to join this online event of talks and discussion to inspire and inform your own projects. Workshop 07.11.20 | 15:00-16:00 GMT ‘Creative Projects: Art, Exhibitions & Participation’ – as part of the Communicating Your Discoveries: Sharing Work and Inspiring Action sessions – is organised and chaired by Harriet and Rob Fraser. Includes workshop presentations from: Luce Choules, Edwina fitzPatrick, Laura Harrington, somewhere-nowhere and Tim Taylor. RGS online booking – RGS Explore 2021 – weekend event from £25 per person to attend.
Sala d’Actes del Centre Cívic La Sedeta, C/ Sicília, 321, Barcelona 22.10.21 | starts 20:00 CET Birds colonise an urban neighbourhood. People rediscover vital animal instincts. Together they show how confinement might be the ultimate measure of freedom. Associate Mark Aitken presents the world premiere of his new documentary film Neighbourhood of Infinity with live soundtrack performance by Melisa Bertossi, Cristian Subirà and Pablo Volt, at LEM Festival in Barcelona, Spain. LEM Festival – Neighbourhood of Infinity – this event is organised by Gràcia Territori Sonor, and requires registration. BARRIO DE LAS VIÑETAS – an invitation to participate The trauma of the first pandemic lockdowns of 2020 was experienced around the world. We’re now trying to put it behind us but memories remain. LEM Festival and Director Mark Aitken are inviting those who can and those who can’t attend to write and record voiceovers for vignettes cut from the film. Although filmed in Barcelona, they will resonate with anyone who was alive in 2020. If you wish to attend the film premiere, you’ll have opportunity …
Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset, UK 27.09.21 & 28.09.21 | 10:00 – 16:30 BST ‘Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives’ will explore the relationship between cultural production and the garden, across creative disciplines and media, from the 18th century until the present day. Key conference themes consider the garden as a mirror of society, the garden as playground for artistic endeavours, and curating and creativity at Hestercombe – past and present. Topics range from the translocation of plants by the C19th European plant hunters, to the influence of pittoresque garden theory on interior architecture in C18th France; from the politics of inclusive public gardens in Germany, to the integration of artistic intervention, botanical sphere and landscape design in contemporary Italian gardens; and from the imaginary labyrinth and pleasure garden, to the role of rhetoric in the understanding and appreciation of gardens. Artist Edwina fitzPatrick is presenting the paper English Gardens as Heterotopias: Colonialism and Translocated Plants. Hestercombe – Artists and the Garden: New Perspectives Conference – this event is co-organised by Hestercombe Gardens Trust and Kingston University, …
Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, USA 02.06.21, 09.06.21 and 16.06.21 | see below for specific times Laurie Anderson presents, ‘Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds’. Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. The River, The Forest and The Rocks are the first three in a series of six Norton Lectures, looking at the challenges we face as artists and citizens, as we reinvent our culture with ambiguity and beauty. YouTube access – The River – this recording will go live at 5pm EDT on June 2, 2021 and will remain available for the next 24 hours, until 5pm EDT on June 3, 2021. YouTube access – The Forest – this recording will go live at 5pm EDT on June 9, 2021 and will remain available for the next 24 hours, until 5pm EDT on June 10 2021. YouTube access – The Rocks …
HerMaP, Iran 05.06.21 – 06.05.21 u-form is a project by Alice Pedroletti & Andrea Familari. Part of HerMaP Art Projects, the multimedia exhibition is the result of an online residency in which 10 artists worked through a dialogue between Iran and Europe in collaboration with a supporting group of artists and researchers in Tehran, looking into the aspect of the Industrial and Living Heritage in Iran, and developing new digital works. Funded by EU Commission DG for International Partnerships, with partners Bozar Center for Fine Arts Brussels, German Embassy in Tehran, Goethe Institute, and Newkinco. Registration – HerMaP digital exhibition.
A La Luz environmental arts programme 2021Founded by artists David Cass & Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar, arts platform A La Luz is seeking entries for ‘Points of Return’, an exhibition in summer 2021 that will shed light on the wide-raging environmental issues the world faces in this time of climate crisis, whilst also presenting paths to possible solutions. A La Luz will also produce a book featuring all the artists’ works selected for the exhibition. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2021 Read more
ZK/U Berlin, Germany from 29.01.21 Alice Pedroletti has been selected as Artist Fellow with ZK/U Berlin. The project is supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism under the Italian Council program (2020). “In ‘The city, the island’ I approach the relationship between Urban Island and Natural Island. ZK/U is located in the Moabit district, historically considered an island as it is surrounded by waterways. This characteristic makes it a unique place: an island within an island, a possible free zone where art experiments and hypothesises solutions for the future, remaining ideally-protected, but also critically excluded from the water itself. Place of exchange and relations, a passageway for artists and researchers, ZK/U is a utopian atrium of Berlin’s city. Before that, it’s also the entrance to an island that does not exist. This imaginative, territorial and political condition pushes me to imagine not only artworks for specific places – the atriums – but projects for specific territorial or emotional needs that go beyond architecture.” ZK/U …
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 14.03.21 [11:59pm EST] We are excited to announce our Call for Applications for the 2021 Rabbit Island Residency Program. We anticipate awarding three residencies that will take place between mid-June and late-September this year. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and continued contributions from donors, we are offering the following to successful applicants: $3200 (USD) award, live and work on Rabbit Island for ~3 week period, featured in the annual Rabbit Island publication. Read more
SHERDS: Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth is an experimental work, or series of works that inhabit a six-week archaeological dig, which took place on a hillside at Malkin Tower Farm in Pendle, during the hot summer of 2018. See more
rocks are for throwing was a place specific performance in a haematite rich, limestone quarry on the outskirts of Bristol in June 2017. A new musical score was composed for the performance by William Frampton in response to text and fieldwork. See more
Mountain Festival is a project developed by Luce Choules as a counter-cultural annual event taking place in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the French Alps. The field of work for Mountain Festival is to attend to the mountain environment itself. See more
Hangar Barcelona, Spain residency programme 2021 Hangar, Visual Arts Research and Production Centre and La Casa Encendida, in association with Hablarenarte, launch an open call for Spanish or overseas curators and researchers currently living in Spain to apply for a fully funded three-month curatorial research residency between Barcelona and Madrid, running from January to March 2021. The deadline for applications is 8 December 2020, at 23:59 (GMT+1) Read more
Phuplec is the phenomenon of growing or becoming a plot of land. Phuplec celebrates the small, the wild, the overripe, the rotten, the undesired and the redundant as necessary tactics for a sustainable future. See more
Itinerant Actions developed a collective fieldwork research programme that explored remote outposts, peripatetic practice and the fluidity of site-responsive working. The project invited resident artists at Hangar and cultural agents based in Barcelona to engage in a critical dialogue about embodied knowledge, ecological economies, roaming landscapes and material territory. See more
In just over a week, hundreds of ‘live cams’ guided me from the Balkans to Turkey along the Black Sea to Iran. My ability to observe changed according to the territory I crossed, creating a ‘live-archive’ of over 1600 images. Traveling both night and day, on mostly deserted highways, I had the freedom to stop in places never seen before. I met people I will never see again, and I crossed landscapes that are changing, taking advantage of our absence due to the pandemic. See more
Winter Meditation – after finding a small piece of flint with a pale blue surface at the edge of a field, I resolved to explore the whole area to look for more. Over the winter months I made a series of walks across a single ploughed field looking for flints that reminded me of the sky. See more
CERN, Switzerland, with Hangar Barcelona, Spain residency programme 2021 Arts at CERN launches an international call for Collide, its flagship programme consisting of a fully-funded residency award of up to three months divided between CERN and the city of Barcelona. For its second edition, Arts at CERN and Barcelona are joining forces again, as part of the on-going collaboration between CERN, the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona and Barcelona City Council. The deadline for applications is 7 December 2020. Read more
The rough texture of a rock face, the strange light of an eclipse, the sound of a rushing waterfall, the heady smell of an alpine forest, the salty taste of the sea mist … my senses are alive to my surroundings and the abundance of the earth. See more
Artist Nastassja Simensky is now part of the TSOEG network. The material and historic relationship of industrial production to colonialism, processes of social and environmental change, inform and ground the practice of contemporary archaeology. As such, my research asks how the development of place-specific and collaborative methods ‘in the field’ enable new ways of highlighting current discourses around nuclear energy production and the multiplicities of actors and forms of knowledge that run through as well as inhabit the Blackwater Estuary in Essex. Read more
London Independent Photography, UK 04.11.20 | 19:00-20:30 BST LIP proudly presents David George to speak as part of Post Punctum. The theme for the Post Punctum series comes from Roland Barthe’s book Camera Lucida, in which he cites two main elements in a photographic image, studium and punctum. The photographers in this series of talks, have been chosen to represent artists who have moved from commercial to lens based art, to represent female and queer artists along with those who still practice alternative print processes and film photography. Eventbrite booking – LIP Post Punctum (Zoom) Talks – this event is free to attend. LIP event hosted by Jennifer Nash.
Artist David George is now part of the TSOEG network. David George has been exploring photographic representations of the contemporary British landscape for 40 years and has incorporated themes prevalent in 19th century painting practice and aesthetic to aid this exploration. David has appropriated the Sublime, the Melancholy, the Romantic, the Pastoral and the Uncanny in series of images, which he has made to create work that represents the contemporary landscape in a more pictorialist way, while still creating images that can be viewed as documenting the landscape. Read more
This project was held in Curonian Spit, a region separated by the baltic sea and Curonian Lagoon and between the territories of Lithuania and Russia. It is home to the highest moving (drifting) sand dunes in Europe and several ecological communities are present on the Spit, from its outer beaches to dune ridges, wetlands, meadows, and forests. See more
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 14.11.20 | 16:00-19:00 BST The Society’s 44th annual planning seminar will be held online this year. The focus is on small projects with a research component, but anyone planning expeditions or fieldwork is welcome to join this shortened online event of talks and discussion to inspire and inform your own projects. RGS online booking – RGS Explore 2020 seminar – this event is £15 to attend.
Red Ochre derived from the earth was the earliest communications bridge – think cave paintings. Thought to reality, reality to spirit, a mechanism for change, a thread linking groups and communities as they evolved, grew and spread. See more
HIAP Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna, Finland 01.10.20 – 01.11.20 | Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00-16:00 The Post-Fossil Transition project as well as the exhibition strive to challenge the currently dominant paradigms and tropes related to ecological sustainability. The artworks in the show point towards the blind spots we have in our discourse and understanding, as well as propose experiences and perspectives that exist outside the domain of reason and language. Artists & contributors: Saara Hannula & Antti Salminen, Laura Harrington, Saara-Maria Kariranta & Riikka Keränen & Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Bita Razavi, Elina Vainio, Kaisu Savola, and Yrjö Sotamaa. Read more
‘Documents, Alternatives’, University of Derby, UK 2020 | online edition The on-line curated exhibition Documents, Alternatives #4, by Angela Bartram, aims to isolate, address, find and utilize appropriate means to translate a diverse range of practice digitally whilst remaining true to its artistic intent. It offers a series of responses through the format of an on-line exhibition of ephemeral artworks, that is designed to self-curate with each user visit. Artist Luce Choules is featured in this edition. Read more
During the cycle, people from various disciplines were invited to contribute their different points of view in relation to the complexity of a territory, very marked by urban pressure and the proliferation of dismembered places, empty of content. See more
My main interest in this project was to bring to light events that are denied by the field of Geophysics due to the simple fact that there is no plausible explanation about their natures. See more
The project explored the dynamics of periphery landscapes, through a geographical immersion of the body. The geomorphology of the land and its environmental components were taken into account, as well as the relationship of the different edges with adjacent neighbours. See more
Today, sacrifice is mediated by market exchange – the well-being of humans, non-humans and the environment has been betrayed in favour of economic growth. Sacrifice zones are proliferating in areas deemed most extractable, most exploitable – usually regions under pressure from neoliberal policies. See more
Fangar (Quagmire) explores the surface of an area of the Ebro Delta, one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region. Portrayed as a desert, this work was in fact developed at the sea shore. See more
Six artists, an ecologist and two filmmakers were brought together at a former scientific field station to cultivate multifarious practices of artistic fieldwork. Together we found ways of existing, inhabiting and working within the context of this remote location. See more
hidden and missing things was a project I held during a residency programme in the south-west coast of Finland. The main subject and argument was the manipulation of an age-old technique of divining with the purpose of activating relations between the local environment, beliefs and the human being who manipulates it. See more
Vivo. Objeto. Virtual is an account of previous experiences of work in artistic institutions where, beyond the environmental conditions of the exhibition spaces, the exhibition of the work reveals the difficulty of plant survival in a hostile environment, both environmentally and by the apparent misunderstanding between two ecosystems: the artistic and botanical. See more
ZeppLab, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany 18.09.20 – 06.12.20 Artist Ignacio Acosta is the 39th artist in residence of the ZF Art Foundation. The result of the present grant is the exhibition ‘Archaeology of Sacrifice’ at the ZF Art Foundation in the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. Acosta’s two-channel video installation ‘Archaeology of Sacrifice’ was created as part of the scholarship of the ZF Kunststiftung and will be shown for the first time at ZeppLab until December 2020. Read more
Bridgepoint Rye, East Sussex, UK new residency programme 2021 Climate Art and Bridgepoint Rye, in collaboration with Sussex Wildlife Trust, are delighted to announce a call for applications from artists, creative practitioners, and environmental researchers to work on a site-responsive project during a three-month residency at Bridgepoint Creative Centre in Rye, East Sussex. The residency will take place in January – March 2021. The deadline for applications is 8 November 2020 at 23:59. Read more
Artist Pedro Hurpia is now part of the TSOEG network. Pedro Hurpia’s artistic practice investigates notions of displacement and collapse – not only in geographical way but also in a cognitive dissonance level (psychological stress) – when a person or a group are able to counteract even the basic level of logic; denying evidence, creating false memories, distorting perceptions, ignoring scientific claims, and triggering a loss of contact with reality. Read more
Artist Alison Lloyd is now part of the TSOEG network. Alison Lloyds’ practice involves walking alone, for considerable distances, keeping off the paths, striding and ‘contouring’ through moorland and mountainous areas. Through a passage of movement incorporating walking and dancing Lloyd has documented elements of her life since 1976. Read more
SWAB Barcelona Art Fair, Spain 01.10.20 – 15.10.20 | virtual edition SWAB is the contemporary art fair of Barcelona, an independent project that was born in 2006 as an experimental platform for emerging artistic proposals. Founded by architect and collector Joaquín Diez-Cascón, Swab is an event that brings together up to 80 galleries from the international scene and functions as a meeting point for the cultural sector on a global scale. Artist Paula Bruna is exhibiting in the ‘Ephemeral’ programme for the 2020 edition. Read more
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain 30.06.21-02.07.21 Founded in 2003, the New Directions in the Humanities Research Network is brought together by a common interest in established traditions in the humanities while at the same time developing innovative practices and setting a renewed agenda for their future. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. The Nineteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in 2021 calls for research addressing the following special focus: ‘Critical Thinking, Soft Skills, and Technology’. Associate Rosalinda Ruiz-Scarfuto is presenting the paper The Forest Flaneur in the New Environmental Aesthetics Shifting the Creative Process in 2020 Eco-phenomenology. Complutense University of Madrid – New Directions in the Humanities conference – this event requires registration. More information on the abstract for Ruiz-Scarfuto’s paper is here.
Paul Mellon Centre, London, UK events from 06.10.20 until 03.12.20 | various times This multi-part programme of research events focuses on the encounter between artistic and art-historical practice and the forces of the natural world. It places such encounters in both contemporary and historical perspectives. In doing so, it aims not only to respond to the exigencies of the current moment, but to foreground some of the most vital activities and conversations taking place within the field of British art studies: In recent years, scholars have concentrated with new intensity on the overlaps between artistic, geophysical, biological and ecological bodies of knowledge. The series speaks to many of the new interdisciplinary collaborations that are currently shaping art-historical practice, where scholars of the visual arts are working across different subject-fields to explore natural histories, indigenous forms of knowledge, animal studies, concepts of the post-human and revitalised theorisations of the sublime. A series of panels and keynote lectures will address the ways in which artistic and art-historical thinking and practice – in the contexts of British art …
The East of Eden project is a series of photographs that document the River Tees as it travels through the topography/geography of the North East and uses the landscapes that have been created by the ever-changing industrial, economic, political and sometimes social needs and interventions along its course, from its source in the High Pennines on Cross Fell to its meeting with the North Sea at Teesmouth. See more
ONCA, Brighton, UK, as part of POLLEN20 24.09.20 | 14:45-16:30 BST ‘Extracting Us’ brings together reflections and creative work from thirteen artists-activists-researchers in relation to diverse extractive contexts, and responses from virtual visitors and participants over the past month. Through facilitated conversation with co-curators and artists, this event will begin to weave together the threads that connect the contributions, and consider some collective learnings and potential future work. Artist Luce Choules is an invited panel contributor. Eventbrite booking – Weaving Connections webinar – this event is free to attend. Online event is part of the POLLEN20 Political Ecology Network virtual conference, co-hosted by ONCA, Brighton,UK.
Royal Geographical Society, London, UK 06.10.20 | 18:30-19:30 An evening event which combines a short film, a virtual exhibition tour and a Q&A to launch ‘Sense of Here’ created by Harriet and Rob Fraser. This thought-provoking exhibition of photography, poetry and creative mapping is born from slow time outdoors and in-depth enquiries into different elements of landscape, centred in the Lake District National Park. The exhibition encapsulates ‘the feeling and knowing of place’. This online event is a one-off opportunity to meet artists Harriet and Rob Fraser, and join a live Q&A with them. This event is coordinated by artist duo somewhere-nowhere. Online booking – Sense of Place: exhibition virtual launch – this event is free to attend. Online event hosted by Royal Geographical Society, London.
Nau Côclea Walter Benjamin Art Grant 2020 Clara Garí of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea organises again the guided route from Banyuls to Portbou. This route is included in the ‘Walter Benjamin International Colloquium’ organized by the ‘Walter Benjamin Memory and Exile Chair of the University of Girona’, the ‘Democratic Memorial Barcelona’ and the ‘Memorial Museum of The Exile La Jonquera’, Catalonia Spain. This path is walked every year with a different artist making a proposal specifically designed for the occasion in the spirit of Walking Art in all its versions and possibilities. Read more
Artist Jordi Mas Balado is now part of the TSOEG network. I work on the environmental capacity of the dancing body by placing its meteorological state in different specific territorial contexts. The main aim is to bring plurality to the meaning of the sense of the space. Read more
Artist Mary Welcome is now part of the TSOEG network. Mary Welcome is a multidisciplinary cultural worker collaborating with communities towards cultural empowerment in rural and under-recognized landscapes. Her work is conversational and research-based, in response to the social, built, and natural environments we situate ourselves within. Read more
The soft water gliding seemingly softly over the granite rocks, slowly sneaking its way into the rocks’ crystalline matrix with the help of some acidity – where the process of hydrolysis is altering feldspar into kaolinite, with potassium ions, bicarbonate and silica in the solution as a byproduct. See more
Into the Mountain is a place relational performance project. Inspired and informed by the lyrical and embodied prose of Nan Shepherd’s 1974 book, The Living Mountain, the project explores and celebrates women’s relationships with mountainous environments. See more
Artist Darc Matter (Denise Aimee Rijnen) is now part of the TSOEG network. Words and measures used as conventions allow me to draw maps, but are not found on the face of the earth. They isolate me from the entirely indefinable something which is everything, they merely symbolize life. Read more
I used the island itself as a sketchbook and lab. By exploring the contours of its natural patterns, a series of ethereal photographs and sketches emerged of the things that make up the place – rocks, pine needles, shadows, driftwood, whatever was naturally at hand – in a celebration of what exists, resisting the human tendency to tear down, build up, and conquer. See more
Artist Simone Kenyon is now part of the TSOEG network. Simone Kenyon is an Edinburgh based artist, choreographer, performer, Feldenkrais practitioner and academic. For the past 20 years she has worked across performance and dance with a focus on environment related arts. Her practice encompasses movement, ecology of place, walking arts and participatory events for both urban and rural contexts. Read more
Time Capsule is a 24-hour intervention in which the zURBS team is located in the urban landscape engaging with passers-by and the environment, to create a time capsule that “captures” the 24 hrs of “here and now” of this particular place. See more
I was considering how walking and camping on my own could facilitate a closer relationship with an area that I was walking repeatedly since 2011 as a recreational walker and much more intensely as an artist since July 2014. My interest in the flora and fauna and the terrain through which I walk is important but for now remains more incidental to the final photographic documentation that I produce. See more
King’s College, London, UK 12.06.20 | 09:30-17:30 To mark twenty years of GPS in the public realm, participants are invited to join for a one-day symposium to discuss, question and reflect upon how GPS has affected how we see the world. From our situated everyday experiences of navigation and self-tracking, to the wider ways in which the world can be seen from afar by us and digital technologies through trackable objects, practices and mapping interfaces, it is simple enough to propose that GPS has changed our relationship to the world. Artist Layla Curtis is a keynote speaker. Eventbrite booking – 20 years of seeing with GPS – this event is free to attend. Online event hosted by Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London.
Artist Francisco Navarrete Sitja is now part of the TSOEG network. Francisco Navarrete Sitja is a visual artist and researcher whose work specifically engages the relationship between representation, territory, nature and non-human materialities as manifested in multiple environments, from landscape to expectations in relation to identity. Read more
Artist Layla Curtis is now part of the TSOEG network. Layla Curtis is a British artist whose practice has a focus on place, landscape and mapping. Her multi-form work examines the attempts we make to chart the earth, how we locate ourselves, navigate space and represent terrain. She is concerned with how we map borders and boundaries, both real and metaphorical, to define territories and to establish a sense of place. Read more
The further I went into a cave, the more disorientated I become. The blackness is so dense that you can’t see the edge of your own form. These ideas of ‘merging’ and ‘nowhere-ness’ have parallels with the project’s original attempts to describe the navigation of virtual space. See more
This work seeks to cut through Cornwall, through the scientific method and through institutions, with the aim of contributing to an ongoing conversation around conservation and transdisciplinarity. See more
The artworks were developed from a series of eight experiments conducted in the woods, which explored sound, scents, vision and time. It also involved a temporary artwork in the Woods themselves. See more
The paintings and drawings I exhibited were developed from fieldwork undertaken during residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo in 2011 and 2012. See more
Artist Walter van Broekhuizen is now part of the TSOEG network. Using different mediums to remodel our perception of landscape, in miniature to life-sized works, I address our withdrawal from the wild; and how, despite it, we continue to listen to the vociferations of the wilderness we have abandoned. Read more
Espesuras (Thickets) is a series of views of the landscape from its own interior, where the abundant vegetation hides the horizon. It is an area covered in Aleppo pines, rosemary, thyme, wheat, oats, almond trees and poppies, among others. See more
A traveller presents the landscape as an entity capable of revealing invisible systems of power alongside its connection to the human body’s capacity to embody their ancestors’ memories. See more
For many years, I had a recurring dream: I’m walking in the mountains with my grandfather. The sky is cloudy, it is hot, it must be summer. The place is familiar, something tells me that I know the trails well. Suddenly in front of me opens a canyon, or what resembles me as the limit of the mountain. See more
Babbling is a game for human and non-human players. The only requirement is running water. See more
Artist Alice Pedroletti is now part of the TSOEG network. Alice Pedroletti’s research investigates the relationship between artworks–viewers and archiving as an art practice, working on the multiple aspects of being and vision. The photographic medium, as well as the action of using or displaying it, is regularly challenged: a physical relationship emerges between photography and sculpture. The outcome takes different final forms – always concerning the problem of temporality, fragility, and matrix in both disciplines. Read more
Artist Ludwig Berger is now part of the TSOEG network. Ludwig Berger is a sound artist and composer based in Milan and Zurich. In his compositions, installations and performances, he engages playfully in more-than-human worlds such as beehives, microphones, glaciers, infrastructures, wind, strings or trees. He has released various albums of field recordings, drones and microscopic improvisations and composes music and sound for film, theatre and radio. Read more
Three Colt Gallery, London, UK 05.03.20 – 28.03.20 | opens 04.03.20 18:00-21:00 The artist will be present on Saturday 14th, 21st and 28th March 12:00-15:00 The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 09:00-17:00 The exhibition of new paintings are inspired by the wooded landscapes of the Lake District in early spring. The canvases are developed from research undertaken with poet Sarah Corbett for the project ‘Dorothy’s Colour’ (2017). Walking the same paths as documented by Dorothy Wordsworth in her ‘Grasmere Journals’ the project explores ideas around walking women and landscape. Benbow’s recent oil paintings are subtle and precise in their use of colour and composition and play with painting processes to imply natural form. Her work aims to communicate a sense of visual awareness of place with the intention of making room in our view for a little reverie and magic! Read more
Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Fondación Beulas, Huesca, Spain 24.10.19 – 12.01.20 El tráfico de la Tierra is a collaboration between photographers Xavier Ribas and Ignacio Acosta and art historian Louise Purbrick. This research documents the movement of mineral wealth in Chile and its incorporation into global markets and European landscapes. Read more
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) 06.11.19 – 10.11.19 Artists in the Field. Curated by the Rabbit Island Foundation and Temporal School of Experimental Geography. Artists: Ruben Brulat, Luce Choules, Edwina fitzPatrick, Roseann Hanson, Laura Harrington, Emma Harry, Duy Hoáng, Alexandra Hughes, Alice Pedroletti, Andrew Ranville, Himali Singh Soin, somewhere-nowhere and Rhona Taylor. Event – Explore 2019 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK.
Artist David Ortiz Juan is now part of the TSOEG network. David Ortiz Juan lives and works between México and Spain. He studied his masters at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and was Professor at Lebanese American University in Beirut. He works from the creation of narratives focused on roaming, disappearance and displacement themes, often related to the landscape, exploring the links between the psychoesthetic experience and the combination of hybrid knowledge. Read more
In contrast to the immensity of the landscape offered by the views of Farrera, I have proposed to focus on the small scale. For 10 days I have studied a pasture field, characteristic of this valley. The process is collected in a set of small installations that make up a personal interpretation of this place. See more
The name of Plantocene arises in opposition to the Anthropocene (recently differentiated geological epoch whose protagonist is the human being and its impacts on the planet). Considering the effects of photosynthesis in the composition of the planet, why do we not consider our planet from a Plantocene perspective, getting away from our traditional Anthropocenic view? See more
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Kensington, London, UK 10.11.19 | 14:30 Luce Choules presents a live performance lecture ‘The Glacier and the Rock’ using voice and projected imagery. The artist will take the audience on a poetic journey to the high features of Alpine France. Made during a decade-long study in the Haute-Savoie, this mesmerising work explores art and ecology, environmental change and the contemporary wilderness. This work is shown as part of ‘Explore 2019’ organised by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Read more
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