My paper “Atmospheric—Making” has been accepted for the upcoming Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference “Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics” which is to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from June 26–28. Further details are available here.
Taking turbulence as both conceptual driver and organisational strategy, this paper gathers together recent drawing, installation and performative works, and examines the dynamics of this collection, drawing out and articulating the forces at play. Turbulence is understood as forceful and transformative, occurring in the space between, and as a result of, dramatic changes in atmospheric pressure. Projects are developed through an experimental practice of “atmospheric–making,” accreting particles across a range of scales to the point that these individual constituents become subsumed within a larger atmospheric condition. This two-way dynamic between the particular and the atmospheric seeks points of tension, where new qualities emerge from the interplay between particles and systems.
Three modes of crossing–between the particular and the atmospheric will be discussed. The first is developing relations between material and immaterial media to inhabit a threshold position between these two. Secondly, these (im)materials are used to activate spaces of betweenness, drawing attention to these liminal zones. The final crossing–between aims to disrupt a clear and defined epistemology, instead privileging an approach that embraces uncertainty, vagueness and changefulness.
These approaches question the idea of a defined and knowable world that is able to be captured through representational techniques. In its place it suggests a bodily process of figuring out, requiring immersion and active participation in making sense of atmospheric conditions. This bodily engagement results in the blurring of a distinct sense of self, and challenges participants to take part in a process of co-formation between environmental surrounds and distributed presence.
I attended the Drawing Out conference Writing—Drawing, organised by RMIT University and University of the Arts, London; and hosted at the RMIT design hub. The conference addressed the relationship between writing and drawing through various ideas including discovery, translation and notation.
This was a two-day conference hosted by UTS and Interstices journal. Keynote speakers were Jonathan Hill who spoke on ‘Weather Architecture’ and Philip Ursprung, whose talk was titled ‘Limits to Representation.’ More details here.
Sense of Planet set out to understand how current global ecological concerns, such as the acceleration of climate change, species extinction, can be comprehended by individuals, and to address the issues and activities of representing the earth in its entirety. Speakers included Timothy Morton, Nicholas Mirzoeff and Ursula Heise.
Speaker abstracts and more details here.
I have been invited to present both new work (an environmentally responsive audio work) and to participate in a panel discussion for the upcoming Critical Animals creative research symposium, held this September in Newcastle, as a part of the larger This is Not Art emerging and experimental arts festival.
My paper, LAND. HERE. has been accepted for the workshop Mapping Processes and Practices: Arts, Maps and Society organised by the Society of the International Cartographic Association in collaboration with the Working Group on Arts and Cartography. The workshop will take place in Paris on July 2nd.
Kitset has been selected as a participatory intervention in the Architecture/ECOLOGY conference, organised by the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. The conference will examine various notions of ecology and their relationship to the discipline of architecture, and features speakers from around the UK and abroad. Keynote speakers are Neeraj Bhatia and Maya Przybylski of Infranet Lab.
This was a one-day inter-disciplinary symposium exploring shifting relationship(s) between, and definitions of, ‘artwork’, ‘site’ and ‘audience’, hosted at Tramway in Glasgow.