Through focusing on a specific theme, the annual Land/Water symposium brings together artists, writers, curators and those involved in related disciplines to explore environmental questions and issues.
This two-day symposium will offer an insight into artistic practices that engage with concepts of territories within contemporary culture.
Possession is a necessary condition when space is framed as ‘territory’, whereas landscape may be considered in purely aesthetic terms. When landscape is territory, we can think of a ‘territorial gaze’, a possessive look of privilege, of ownership, of control, with an implied need to defend or conquer that bounded space. Territory, therefore, is always political, a situation of power relations.
Territorial claims are the source of multiple conflicts globally in the twenty-first century and the cause of population displacement, exacerbated by environmental and climatic challenges: rivalries over national and intra-state boundaries are a major cause of disputes; minorities within a nation or sovereign state may stake claims for independence, against the wishes of the controlling power; at a local level, issues of territorial ownership occur amongst neighbours, between humans and non-human animals, and within and across species. The edgelands that may exist between the lines that mark territorial spaces are also of interest, as these create a liminal zone within borders, offering potentialities for exploration and hybridity.
In choosing this theme for our 2017 Land/Water and the Visual Arts symposium, we offer a critical space for sharing perspectives and experiences as creative practitioners and interdisciplinary researchers, in order to explore notions of ‘territories’ and what this might mean for us.
- Emeric Lhuisset
- Carole Baker
- Susan Trangmar
- Dominica Williamson
- John Martin
- Fedra DeKeyser
- Claudia Pilsl
- Tom Cox
- Barbara Bosworth
Prices include the proceedings, conference pack, tea breaks and lunch on 23 June
- Early Bird: £40 - Early Bird registration is available until 1 June
- Plymouth University staff and students: Free
- Concessions: £25 - unwaged, alumni, students at other institutions
Conference registration must be made before 8 June 2017 via the University eStore link above, and will not be bookable after this date.
The conference dinner is optional and will be at The Mission. You can view their website here. The meal option must be purchased with the delegate fee as there are limited spaces.
Jurys Inn Plymouth have offered a discount code to Territories delegates. This code offers 15% off their best available rate, when booked online. This offer is room only, but discounted breakfast vouchers can be purchased on check-in.
Contact the Conference Administrator Libby Chapman-Lane (email@example.com) for any queries.