Territories: the 2017 Land/Water symposium

Image Credit: Emeric Lhuisset: Last water war, ruins of future, series of photographs of the archaeological site of Girsu (Telloh), Iraq, 2016.

Plymouth University, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

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Thursday 22 June 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Admission Fee: Concessions: 25; early bird delegate rate: 40 - price includes refreshments and lunch
via Plymouth University eStore

This two-day symposium offers insights into artistic practices that engage with concepts of territories within contemporary culture. Speakers include: Emetic Lhuisset / Carole Baker / Susan Trangmar / Dominica Williamson / John Martin / Fedra DeKeyser / Claudia Pilsl / Tom Cox / Barbara Bosworth.

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.

Registration opens 1pm Thursday 22 June, the symposium closes 4pm Friday 23 June: see more details - the eStore booking link is at the bottom of the page.

The Land/Water and the Visual Arts research group at Plymouth University includes artists, writers and curators who interrogate nature and culture, aesthetics and representation, questioning imagery and practices relating to land, landscape and place.


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