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
The conference dinner is optional and will be at The Mission.
Contact the Conference Administrator Libby Chapman-Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any queries.