Arts research seminar: Seeds of change

Rachael Allain

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Ground floor Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA

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Seeding Change: The Challenges of Pro-Activist Curatorial Initiatives

"Seedscapes" will open in summer 2020 at Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Yorkshire, which is a photography gallery. 

The exhibition brings together five artists, along with photographic records from seedbanks, in order to highlight methods whereby those concerned with environmental issues engage within inter-disciplinary practices. Questions of sustainability and multi-disciplinary approaches to considering seeds as visual and tactile phenomena were core considerations within the development of this project. 

Professor Liz Wells will introduce works selected for the exhibition however, her current focus is not on the exhibition itself.  She is reflecting on how best to conceptualise (and fund) a parallel publication that will further extend inter-disciplinary dialogues and, taking into account the broader context of debates relating to sustainable futures, thereby extend potential audiences, import and impact for the practice-led investigations that form the core of the project.

Professor Liz Wells writes and lectures on photographic culture, history and practices, and curates exhibitions on land and environment. She co-edits a photographies journal and is a series editor for Photography, Place, Environment, Bloomsbury Academic Press.

Exploring new Horizons

A reflection on a journey, navigating three International artists residencies, undertaken during the summer and early autumn of 2018. 

Rachael Allain is an artist, researcher and educator based in the South West. She has recently started doctoral research with 3D3 at the University of Plymouth. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and integrates emerging and obsolescent technologies. 

Her multi-disciplinary practice incorporates both experimental still and moving image, text, sound and installation. Rachael’s experiments explore phenomenology in relation to site, the temporal, alchemical properties of analogue film as well as the immediacy of the virtual, scientific and digital data technology.

Date: Wednesday 5 December
Time: 14:00–16:00
Venue: 
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building.
Booking: No need to book - just arrive.

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