The Place of Names: Depictions of Minneapolis in Louise Erdrich’s The Antelope Wife
In this paper, I propose to examine the manner in which the urban environment of Minneapolis is reclaimed by Native Americans and transformed into Indian land once more through various colonization methods. Through occupation and naming, the cityscape is changed through the course of the novel from a hostile and sterile environment to one in which celebrations and rituals can take place. Through the use of rituals, supernatural events and day to day life, the city is reclaimed as Indian and therefore Erdrich alters the very structure of the city, from one which is merely near an Indian reservation, to a city which is intrinsically Indian.
Spatial (dis)locations in Hemingway’s “Cat in the Rain”.
The geographical place for Hemingway does not only represent his realistic tradition of writing which depends on depicting a sense of realism and placing real characters in certain situations, but “place” becomes a “space” where cultural and thematic meanings emerge; it is a space where growth and suffering take place simultaneously, and where the theme of the lamentable chance permeates. The paper will focus on some of the most important short stories published in In Our Time in 1925 such as “A Way You’ll Never Be”, “In Another Country” and “Cat in the Rain”. Analyzing the spatial meanings in these stories becomes an important modernist and structural tool binding these stories together, especially in a work which is composed of disconnected vignettes and brief scattered sketches.
Checked baggage: spatial negotiations in contemporary air travel
This paper examines the act of undertaking international air travel and analyses how it forces individuals to consider a range of ideas as a result of dislocation and attempts to re-align themselves within spatial, material and biological structures. In order to balance the shifts between spatial and material experiences, travellers employ imaginative and perceptive procedures, gaining knowledge through experience. At the intersection of participatory and spatial boundaries through the lens of multi-disciplinary literature, this paper explores how practices of individuals within international air travel provides alternative modes of thinking and navigating through personal, cultural and globalised public spaces.
Memory and Identity Wars Within My Name Is Red’s Third Space
My Name Is Red is a novel that deals with the “perplexity of living” in the third space of Istanbul. The inhabitants of Istanbul are split between the West and the East, the modern and the traditional, the sacred and the profane, the secular and the conservative. While there are characters who blindly idealize the Western society, still others are in perpetual attempt to construct one authentic original self devoid of Western attributes. Hence, there is a constant clash between the ones who try to perpetuate the traditional Eastern values and the ones who are seduced by the West. How can the third space people, who are neither One nor the Other, find their agency? How can fragmentation and compartmentalization be resisted? Further examination of the novel raises other fundamental questions about the danger of discontinuity, of fundamentalism and of change that is so extreme as to constitute a total rupture with the past.
On (Dis)Locating the Trans-cultural through Performance: A Practice-as-Research Investigation into Dual-Heritage Experience in the UK.
This paper will discuss a seven-week trans-disciplinary course held at the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning, University of Warwick, which examined dual-heritage experience through the medium of verbatim theatre practice, attracting students from seven different departments. Contrary to the notion that being of dual-heritage implies a simple identification with two rather than one predominant culture, the course examined the experience of ‘belonging’ to neither one culture, nor the other. Participants thus engaged with third space semiotics, problematizing the representation of identity and challenging the traditional verbatim form by creating live performances.
Fictional literary space, a heterotopic device
We wish to first explore the dispositif (device) concept, as it evolved from its theorization by Michel Foucault, to its more recent meaning, especially as it is used in fiction or representation theories. Looking at literary fiction in the light of this concept allows us to have a better understanding of its ability to take (dis-locate) us into parallel spaces of fictional worlds. Fictional spaces built by literary texts are a type of counter-space similar to another concept developed by Michel Foucault, the heterotopy, which we will use to show the distinctive characteristics of literary fictional spaces.
Proposing the car as a vessel for a dialogical and site-responsive artwork, in which the work is the act of ‘being with’ another in a shared encounter in space and time. I trace my idea of ‘being with’ through Kester’s framing of ‘dialogical practice’ back to Bakhtin’s suggestion of the dialogical as embedded in a present, but connected both backwards and forwards in time. I describe, through a short reading and slide show, a recent artwork, Rehearsal for a Road Trip (2011), in which I invited individual guests to drive with me north for a day, the ‘being with’ becoming both a durational and spatial shared performance.
Everyday Uncertainties: How Illness Affects Walking and the Experience of Day-to-day Life
This paper explores the experiences of place and home for a collection of elderly women in Walworth, South East London. It draws out the contrast between their familiarity with the local streets, shops and people, and the apparent ‘homeliness’ of their homes, with their struggles to be mobile, in the light of developing health problems. This highlights the role of bodily change in shaping emplacement, and stimulates reflection upon the presence and impact of uncertainty in everyday life.
Simon Bradley and Phil Legard
Located Memory and the Realisation of Place
Simon Bradley and Phil Legard discuss their continuing work on location-based public events chiefly concerned with personal responses to place. They explore how their methods enable the development of public events that allow for a distributed construction of meaning that is shared between artist and attendee. Arising from these concerns Simon and Phil’s current work considers strategies involving fragmented narratives, embodied narratives and locative media for the creative delivery of oral history within a philosophy that assumes the codependence of memory and place.
Border Territories : Space, Location and Identity in Auden’s Early Landscapes
W.H. Auden depicts frontiers and border territories in order to explore the recurring themes of social and economic decline, topographical destitution, and spatial dislocation in his early poetry. Auden’s speakers become isolated strangers within these boundaries as his industrialised landscape poems seek to escape the alienating derelict countryside they inhabit in order to encapsulate a wider social analysis of England, and the private tensions which informed his sociopolitical vision, at the outset of the 1930s. This paper will explore the compelling conceit that, for Auden, the physical border can only be understood and depicted in the same terms as inner space.
Mohammed Dib’s Treatment of the Desert as a Space of (Dis)location
Algerian-born Mohammed Dib often revisits ideas of space in his prose and poetry, using different geo-historical (North and South) and metaphorical settings (snow and sand). In his later works, where the location is often vague or secondary, Dib utilizes the liminal qualities of the environment rather than its ethnographic dimensions to stage his narrative. This paper will examine how the metaphorical setting of the desert in Dib’s writing serves as a Deleuzean ‘plane of immanence’ to (dis)locate the reader and thereby challenge historicist notions of language, self and alterity.
‘I’m not going anywhere’. Echoes of history and belongingness in Winter’s Bone.
The paper addresses the interplay of spaces in Winter’s Bone, an American independent film directed in 2010 by Debra Granik. In a subtle reworking of the Frontier trope, Granik’s account of a borderland community challenges the progressive narrative of the nation. In this context, the domestic space appears as a residual time-space, where the film attempts to perform a difficult reconciliation between history and myth.
Monarch of the Glen: Representations of Gender and Geography
This paper analyses a variety of discourses of gender and geography which run through the Scottish television drama Monarch of the Glen (BBC TV 2000-5). It reveals how a number of traditional discourses still function within the media to inform understandings of Scottish identity, for sale at home and abroad. Within the context of this paper’s argument, a preliminary examination of the data collected to-date from an ongoing on-line survey will also be conducted.
Sensory Reaction And The Effect Of Public Arts Buildings.
The paper considers the effect of the architecture of arts buildings on the people who use them in the context of physical and sensory perception. It will discuss how form, materials and a buildings placement within the existing environment relates to the individual experience. The resultant perception of place can determine the visitor’s inclination to attend on a repeated basis and hence is a key element in establishing success or failure of a public arts facility in terms of visitor participation.
A haven or Le Havre? The imaginary migrant in Le Havre (2011) by Aki Kaurismäki
This paper examines the figure of the migrant as represented in Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre (2011). In this film, Kaurismäki creates a haven (French: un havre) for a young migrant in a re-imagined version of the French port city of Le Havre, a space which is therefore neither real nor imagined. This paradoxical space serves as the stage to explore the paradoxical nature of the status of the migrants in France, whose individual realities are often entangled with larger cultural narratives, such as that of immigrants as “guests” (parasites?) of a “host” nation.
Editing the City: Socio-Spatial Subcultures as a Critique of Contemporary Urban Space
This paper is a discussion of the role of the user within architecture; an investigation of how users are not simply subject to architecture, but participate in its production. Specific subcultures which are socio-spatial in nature (such as parkour, skateboarding, and graffiti) are offered as a diverse vehicle with which to explore the nature of spatial and architectural production; as subcultures these practices implicitly question our understanding of perception, spatial production, structure, temporality, transience, location, ownership and identity in relation to the contemporary city. The paper finds that these subculutres not only function as a negative critique of the nature of existing urban conditions, but in demonstrating dialectical methods of spatial and social production challenge hierarchical means of producing space and architecture and reveal possibilities of new approaches to producing architecture with which to re-engage with the city.
A Space for Myself to Go: Home, Place and Belonging in Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street
This paper explores the portrayal of the barrio, or Mexican-American neighbourhood, in Sandra Cisneros’ novel The House on Mango Street. The novel depicts the notion of home as particularly important because the Chicano/a characters in the novel are dislocated from mainstream American society and denied a sense of permanence or belonging. This ultimately constructs ‘home’ as a space that is both idealised and impossible to inhabit.
Live Music and Urban Regeneration: Glasgow and its Jazz Festival
Glasgow International Jazz Festival has been running since 1987. This working paper will consider two aspects of the space in which the Festival lives, and will argue that changes in the space available to the Festival are linked closely to Glasgow’s regeneration since the mid-1980s.
Pervine Yehia El Refaei
The Egyptian Revolution and the Crisis of the Bordes: The Nubia and Sinai as Tempo-spatial boundaries
The paper discusses the centre-periphery relation through analyzing Nubian and Sinai novels. The people of the depicted border spaces are doubly oppressed and marginalized. The Egyptian revolution witnessed the struggle of those people for their rights and their own cultural specificity.
Cognitive Landscapes: The Systematic Construction of Narrrative Space
This paper argues that spatial representation within narrative is systematically constructed and this in turn is cognitively governed. Focusing on the space of landscape, this paper provides evidence for spatial patterning and discusses the possibility that these patterns are a representational aid for cognitive efficiency during the act of reading.
‘Eternal form shall still divide/ The eternal soul from all beside’: Spatializing the External Soul in Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’
This paper explores the ways in which Tennyson’s ‘In Memoriam’ imaginatively constructs his relationship with Hallam as that of one soul divided between two bodies. Tennyson’s perception of Hallam as a ‘separate part of self’, separated by a semi-permeable barrier of language, is thrown into crisis by Hallam’s death. The poem explores several attempts to re-establish a channel of communication between the two men and thus reunify them despite being separated across the mortal and heavenly spheres.
Dr MacPhail and the First Yugoslavia
This paper will examine how attitudes in Britain towards what became the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1918 where formulated through the experiences of British nationals serving in the Balkans during the Great War. Central to this analysis is the case study of Dr. Katherine Stuart MacPhail who served in Serbian army as a medical volunteer as well as establishing the first ever children’s hospital in Serbia after the war. For MacPhail and other women like her the transferal from the perceived ‘safety’ of Britain to the unknown ‘wilderness’ of the Balkans under such extreme circumstances defined or redefined their understanding of a region then relatively in Britain.
Graham Neil Gillespie
(Dis)locating the memory of modernisation: the spaces and faces of Im Sang-soo’s The President’s Last Bang (2005)
The President’s Last Bang (Im Sang-soo, 2005) uses specifically cinematic intertextual strategies to dislocate the historical and political reality of the assassination of former South Korean President Park Chung-hee. I delineate these strategies and their referents, focusing on ‘spaces’ (mise-en-scene, architecture and the use of vehicles) and ‘faces’ (the appearance, type and style of the actors/actresses who dramatise the historical figures). I position this national narrative within a transnational sphere of influence, alongside both Hollywood cinema and Hong Kong gangster cinema.
Exclusion and fear amidst the ‘scale-makers’ of Singapore’s Little India
This presentation looks at a highly contested urban transnational space – Singapore’s Little India as an intersection to explore the positionality of South Asian male migrant workers in contemporary Singapore society and their dislocation within the physical and metaphorical space. It will explore how Little India becomes a space of exclusion for the workers vis-à-vis the other multiple users. This presentation will contend that while the state rhetoric has made these workers transient, these workers do at times have transnational sensibilities and their own agency as they thread this contested space and the larger Singaporean society.
Breathing space: a practice –led visual arts investigation into the notion of place as process, dialogue and artifact.
This presentation will outline a practice –led visual arts investigation into the notion of place arising from a collaboration between artist and the physical environment. The research stems from a personal questioning through a site-oriented art practice of the nature of belonging and the relevance of the concept of place in a contemporary lifestyle. Examples of video, sound and sculptural artworks originating from an art-making dialogue within the physical environment will be used to discuss the theoretical and artistic context of this research.
‘Deeper into the labyrinth of horrors’: the imaginative construction of paid-childcare in Glasgow’s Central District.
Published under the collective title of ‘Baby Farming in Scotland’ they constitute the most substantial reports on the topic of paid-childcare in a Scottish city and represent a unique opportunity to examine how the figure of the paid-child carer was linked to wider discourses about the urban poor and how they utilised space. It will assert the centrality of the built environment in explaining reactions to paid-childcare and the ready associations between the physical environment and the moral condition of its residents.
The Migrating Soundscape
“The Migrating Soundscape” is a sound investigation intersecting architecture, art and cultural studies. Conceptual and physical responses to the dislocation of sound can act as experiential metaphors for migration. This paper examines uncanny doublings that occur as the past and present, domestic and political reverberate within the same space.
New Houses for New People: Private Space in the Soviet Architectural Projects and Films of the 1920s
The paper will try to analyze the tension and inconsistency that could be noticed between living space represented in the medium of architecture and in the medium of film. The former could be expressed in the idea of house-communes as ‘social condensers of the epoch’ (Moisei Ginzburg) with the majority of mainly ‘utopian’ projects. The umbrella theme for the films of the 1920s, on the other hand, would be an almost ‘dystopian’ representation and ‘condemnation’ of the philistine byt [way of life] of the NEP (New Economic Policy) with little or possibly no effort to offer an alternative.
Moved Britons in the Roman Empire: mobility of ethnicities and identities in the Antiquity
After the invasion of Britain in AD 43 by the Roman Emperor Claudius thousands of native Britons were taken away from their homeland to serve in the Roman army troops as well as there is evidence from that period of other migrants ranging from British-born women to traders. The paper explores and outlines how the identities of these moved Britons were recreated and re-used within the host societies, i.e. whether first and second-generation of British-born migrants maintained their identities, and how they were transmitted to the Roman public? The adaptation of the ethnicities, i.e. the ways one changes the ethnic affiliation when asked about ‘nationality’ in a foreign land, was expressed through the written medium and also influenced the body image: the usage of accessories brought over from Britain underwent other sort of changes, ranging from rejection and acculturation to resistance.
Dr. Smita Jha
Merging Diversity: Transnationalism in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife
It is really worth to discuss the word transnationalism with regard to the novels of Bharati Mukherjee. She has defined the word by using the phrase “consciousness of Identity”. It is the conflict between nationalism and immigration that gives a base for transnationalism.
Ryan D. Lewis
Time Is The Locus of Art
Art is a question of the Becoming of time, before it is to be considered as ‘Being’ – of place, from positions, or, in terms of ‘extensities’ in space. In this sense, such ontological claims of art assert that modes of temporality, precede conditions of actualisation and the materiality of art forms. From readings of Bergsonian/ Deleuzian philosophies of becoming/difference and with a view toward Kandinskian theories of abstraction, I will present a conceptual account of art claiming that it is the temporal and qualitative nature of art which is the force of its indefinite and inexhaustible abstraction.
Location, location, location…self-defence home or away?
Location is crucial within the law of self-defence and offensive weapons, with the home providing greater protection for individuals than public places. What are the reasons for these distinctions and is it fair for the law to draw them?
Lost in the Location
Based on the early finding of the PhD research on arts policy in rural Scotland, this paper looks at the policies and politics of Scottish Arts Council (SAC)/Creative Scotland and these of local authorities, and further discusses how they structured the realities of arts development in rural Scotland. The paper will focus on the reform of SAC and the establishment of Creative Scotland, and the responses and reflections on this event so far.
Re-locating cultural heritage: designing spaces for re-negotiation
Exhibition design and interactive and participative installations can create physical and yet imaginary spaces of dialogue and experience where delocalised cultures or migrating cultures (principally forms of intangible cultural heritage) can be re-told and discussed in order to understand the authenticity and overcome the cultural friction.
Vanja V. Malloy
Understanding the Fourth Dimension: Physical and Imaginary Space in Avant-garde Art
The new Einsteinian concept of the fourth-dimension revolutionized the arts and varied widely in its interpretation by the avant-garde, ranging from a purely physical four-dimensional space, to a kinetic concept of space in which space and time are linked, to a metaphysical understanding of space that was associated with the spiritual and eternal. This paper will explore the different ways in which four-dimensional space was depicted by the artists of the Dimensionist Manifesto.
Imaginary space has metaphorical qualities which opens the door to our human understanding. Imaginary space invites, suggests, even persuades us to enter an upper world, one above our senses and physical surroundings. Imaginary space allows us to combine imagination and reality and, depending on our perception, create a new world of our own.
Clara O’Shea and James Lamb
New geographies of learning: distance education and being ‘at’ Edinburgh
In this paper, we explore how distance learners construct and describe their relationship with their institution. We draw on visual and narrative methods to problematise academic geographies and will cover themes such as what it means to have a sense of ‘home’ in an educational context, to be ‘nomadic’ as a student, and to experience ‘campus envy’. We will argue against the tendency in higher education to see distance as placeless, and instead argue for a more nuanced theorisation of academic geographies that positions educational practices as producing new geographies of learning.
A Location Between Two Views: Willie Doherty’s Stone Upon Stone and the Excavation of Land and Identity
The vinyl lettering placed on nondescript urban landscapes photographed by the Northern Irish artist, Willie Doherty, exposes the locations as boundaries between the two competing communities of Derry/Londonderry. The audience becomes an active participant in the Troubles by their position within the two panels of the 1986 work Stone Upon Stone. Pairing this diptych with the photographic art of British Land artists Hamish Fulton and Richard Long, this paper examines Doherty’s early art practice as historical investigations into the layered histories of the war-torn city.
Sir Andrzej Panufnik; A Study of Musical Dislocation
It was not uncommon that dislocated composers who were formerly acclaimed in their homeland, found themselves lost in the new country – outsiders, whose music was in many cases misunderstood or simply ignored. This presentation will explore how the phenomenon of dislocation from Poland affected the life and music of Sir Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991).
Translation in transition: Spaces of (Dis)location between Zineb Sedira’s Autobiographical Patterns (1996) and MiddleSea (2008)
Many of the debates locating the artist Zineb Sedira’s art practice within notions of translation owe a lot to the work of Derrida, Spivak, and other theorists who have assisted us in comprehending how Sedira has expounded, questioned, and transformed notions of identity as a construct. However, I wish to put on the agenda a concern that has seemed to be overlooked and question whether the predominant methodological shifts since the 1990s towards more ‘affective’ and phenomenological moves have had a bearing on the theoretical approaches to translation and in turn the film and video practices of Sedira. Sedira’s Autobiographical Patterns and MiddleSea provide us with an interesting but complex opportunity to posit that translation, as a narrative of Sedira’s individual works, is too narrow, however, understanding translation as a meta-narrative of the trajectory of her practice across methodologies could be useful.
Body as border, body at border
Concerned with the space of the body and taking a critical approach to concept of the border the primary goal of this paper is to introduce and explore the alternative Moebius Strip model of body as a means to interrogate taken for granted bodily borders including subject/object, self/other and liveable/un-liveable. A secondary function is to outline the proposed trajectory of a research agenda concerned with agency and the borderland body. Here the key questions raised are: Can bodies cross borders? and do bodies help us to problematise or destabilise what are traditionally assumed to be borders or impassable boundaries?
There is a Small Mailbox Here: Experiences of Space in Gaming Memory
For the self-identified gamer, cultural practice can play a particularly significant role in social experience. Popular and academic notions of audiences and spectators being ‘transported’ by the experience of visual culture are nothing new, however the experience of game play is frequently discussed by players as having involved being somewhere else – inhabiting another space or world that only exists within the context of play. This paper will suggest that the socio-cultural relationships played out in the boundaries of these spaces are one of the defining themes of the experience of gameplay, and frequently act as the site where the player’s identity as a gamer delineates their social experience.
‘Scrap heap … of history’: Textual Space and Radical Collage in Ivan Vladislavić’s ‘Propaganda by Monuments’
South African author Ivan Vladislavić’s magpie art picks through the detritus of culture, cutting and pasting, juxtaposing and recontextualising forgotten adverts and mistranslated letters into new and extraordinary forms. This practice comes into its own in ‘Propaganda by Monuments’ (1992), which uses collage to depict a society searching for a form. Adopting and adapting the techniques of collage for use in the short story provides Vladislavić with a unique textual space in which to depict the tensions between fragmentation and unification, past, present, and future, in a nascent democratic South Africa.
Locating the Library: Libraries as Physical and Conceptual Spaces
Libraries fill a physical space inhabited by readers and books; they also fill a conceptual space with the ideas that their books contain. We want our libraries to reveal to us the “bigger picture” concealed within and across their collections, but they actually demonstrate the impossibility of extracting such a meaning. This paper looks at fictional portrayals of libraries to explore how and why libraries fail to provide an ordered and comprehensible view of the universe, despite the best efforts of the librarians who assemble them.
Theatre on the Periphery: the politics of non-performance spaces
This paper will examine Mark Fisher’s assertion that non-mainstream performances tend to happen in non-mainstream performance spaces. It will instead suggest that it is not an absence of the mainstream in such spaces that is significant but the fact that when such shows are produced in such venues they are largely overlooked. By analysing some of the embedded assumptions regarding quality and audience expectations within non-performance venues, such as village halls, it will attempt to relocate these buildings into a more prominent position within the theatrical and cultural landscape of Scotland.
War of Words? Reflections from the front lines between mainstream media and minority audiences
A recent study on Muslims in the UK mediascape suggests that patterns of media consumption amongst minorities are more ‘mainstream’ than a cursory examination of available outlets would suggest. However, the raw data of the research indicated high levels of disconnect between Muslims and the mainstream media affecting both journalist-source and media-audience relations. This paper will discuss the research findings in a manner that bridges two central sub-disciplines within the field of news research – audiences and sources – addressing the causes and consequences of distrust.
The Cinema of Dislocation
The paper examines the many dislocations embodied by the early cinema of Pakistan.
Extramural Exhibitions: New Urban Spaces
Breaking out of the confines of the ‘white cube,’ an emerging generation of experimental Italian artists during the 1970s re-imagined new sites for the encounter between art and society. In two key exhibitions, dormant medieval towns were transformed into lively social platforms: Campo Urbano, held in Como in 1969 and curated by Luciano Caramel; Volterra ’73, organized by Enrico Crispolti in the eponymous place and time. They transformed the city space into an alternative exhibition site, contemplating its local and historical context and engaging with its inhabitants in those spaces where everyday life unfolded.
Spatial Subversion: Heterotopia in Alexander Trocchi’s Cain’s Book
In Alexander Trocchi’s Cain’s Book (1960), there is deep dichotomy between inner and outer space. This paper will examine how space is politicised throughout the roman à clef, to argue that Trocchi’s narrative persona – a scow captain, junkie, and struggling writer – consciously creates an alternative and subversive societal model that responds to Michel Foucault’s heterotopic theory. I will connect Foucault’s spaces of otherness to Trocchi’s authorial experiences whilst writing Cain’s Book, and to his political involvement with the sigma portfolio and the Situationist International.
Suffer Well: Masochism and Doubling in Jean Rhys’ Good Morning, Midnight
My paper examines the masochistic coping mechanisms of Sasha Jansen, protagonist of Jean Rhys’ Good Morning, Midnight (1939). Using a critical framework derived from Sartre’s Being and Nothingness (1943), Deleuze’s Coldness and Cruelty (1967), and Gaylyn Studlar’s notion of a “masochistic aesthetic,” I aim not only to clarify the novel’s perplexing ending, but also to interrogate the persona of the exilic female in modern fiction.
Caught in the ‘Third Space’ – Analysing the failure of current bottom-up governance approaches to conflict resolution
This paper analyses how the current peacebuilding approach within the liberal peace paradigm creates peacebuilding spaces that do not or only marginally contribute to conflict resolution. It aims at understanding in how far (political) spaces build isolated communities and what defines the boundaries around them. The concept is applied to the Buffer Zone in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Emma Jane Withers
New Cyberspaces: Digital Re-embodiment in Contemporary Hollywood Sci-Fi
Hollywood representations of technologically immersive or ‘virtual’ spaces have enjoyed a recent revival in such films as Gamer, Source Code, Avatar and Inception. This paper investigates how such films exhibit, formally and thematically, a renewed fascination with the intensified coincidence of physical/real and digital/virtual spaces in contemporary media culture. It explores the reflexive carnality with which these films blur such ontological dichotomies between the real and the virtual, staging and reflecting a re-emphasis on the phenomenology of the virtual experience, and even a ‘re-embodiment’ of the sensing subject in contemporary post-digital culture.
Encircled by the Iron Grating: Inside
In Dedans feminist theorist, novelist and playwright Helene Cixous replaces the traditional novel’s insistence on narrative time with spatial relations which function along a series of oppositions: the inside / mother / body, on the one side, and the outside / father / word on the other. A feminine subject and in consequence a feminine form is negotiated between these poles which are ultimately called into question and destabilised. This project does not set out to the text for the stage, rather it is to be understood as a creative investigation into the strategies of Cixous’ prose and a search for equivalences in the context of postdramatic theatre.
Teresa Cairns and Denis Doran (ClimbingTheWall)
Some kind of life: stories from the edges of belonging
Some kind of life is a documentary film project that explores themes of migration and belonging in the lives of people who are homeless, who articulate their experiences within their own notions of borders and boundaries, both real and imagined, negotiated in their daily lives, where policy can often create barriers. Some inhabit the liminal spaces at the boundaries, others express conflict in the process of crossing those boundaries, of their dislocated presence in ‘our’ world.This presentation will use a number of short film clips to sketch a narrative of knowledge production, resistance and belonging on the road, living on the street, existing along the edges of society.
Space, Place & Story
Space, Place & Story is a multidisciplinary art, media and research project about the places each contributing artist inhabits geographically and physically. Using their preferred art forms, each unearths the stories of home, dis-location and immigration that define their respective places. This work-in-progress, will be documented in a film by Sibylle Meder, the filmic excerpt shows doctoral candidate, theatre-director and left-wing political activist Judith Korin exploring the roots, sense of belonging and her vision of a shared future of two families – that of her Palestinian-Israeli friend and her own Jewish family.
Pulse Project performance explores relational possibilities between interior spaces of the body, art production, science, technology and ’audience’. The performance demonstrates ways in which performance-art-as-research can respond uniquely to audience participants. Using human touch and digital technology together, Pulse Project examines embodiment of invisible and interior aspects of experience by collecting pulses.
PECHA KUCHA PRESENTATIONS
Drawing on the Perceptual Experience of Form – an investigation of perception, ideation and practice.
The concrete and the imaginary are explored as interconnected ways of orientating knowledge that contribute to a multifaceted understanding of form and space. It is proposed that drawing, as knowledge and experience, is a particular way of coming to know the world.
Visualising Virtual Death: Digital Game Heat Maps as Productive Embodied Spaces
Digital game companies frequently visualise measured player data in “heat” or “death” maps built out of the traces of player activities. Abstractions of already virtual spaces, these maps are purpose-built and player-informed, but indirectly in both cases. The result is a liminal space where player, in-game character, and game developer converge in an embodied virtual environment.
Control Societies and Nomadic Masculinities: Toward a ‘Becoming-Art’ of Resistance
Grounded in the context of a ‘global’ city (New York City), my research theorises the workings of the control society in terms of the gendered functioning and effects of digital technologies. I am exploring the gendered operations of the digital control society through a creative practice of engagement with the ambiguity and anxiety of masculine identifications within the digital cultures of the urban ‘assemblage’. Using a range of media, my aim is to survey New York City as a series of virtual ‘enclosures’ that constitute a gendered ontology of control, but whose masculine idioms become a ground on which to wander in exploring a creative practice of resistance.
Multidimensionality of Songs
This paper aims to present multidimensional issues of the interpretation of songs for voice and piano. The focus is on their participation in complex cultural spaces, as the artistic intentions of the composer, poet and performer will cross at some point in cultural (and physical) space. These will be presented by way of a practice-based example: Hugo Wolf’s song Auf ein altes Bild, 1888 (text by Eduard Mörike, 1837).
Mental Spaces of Dislocation: The Pleasure of Humorous Fiction.
The experience of literary humour is an engaging area of research for linguistics, psychology and neuroscience. In this presentation I look into the ways in which writers build amusing fictional worlds, and into how readers participate in their creation by supplying their own knowledge. I also briefly hypothesise about the pleasurable effect that humorous fiction has on readers.
War & (Dis)location
For children of the Troubles laying claim to an authentic sense of self, to a cultural identity that is unmarred by the shaping power of a history not of their making, is problematic. This paper asks if it is ever possible to untangle the self from the fetters of an unshakeable past.
The Cuming Collection: Empire in Microcosm
Richard and Henry Cuming from Southwark, London, amassed an enormous and eclectic collection of objects throughout the nineteenth century. This poster explores how these wealthy Victorians could use collection and display of exotic artefacts as a means of cohering and controlling the vast spatial expansion of the British Empire. Tracing the path of objects through voyages, private collectors, dealers and museums, I demonstrate how objects are given new homes and imaginary origins in the collection as the Cumings negotiate their new status as citizens of empire.
Highway to Hell: An exploration of journeys to the underworld in literature
An exploration of journeys to hell in classical literature, and the influence of the ancient eschatological myths on later authors, examining the portrayal of hell as a physical space which can be visited by the living. Spanning from the famous katabasis in Vergil’s Aeneid to Vergil’s own appearance as guide to the underworld in Dante’s Inferno, this presentation will look at the ways in which later authors utilise classical mythology when describing hell, focusing in particular on early Christian literature, which uses Classical language and imagery whilst attempting to Christianise the underworld and subvert pagan beliefs.
Boundaries, conflicts, similarities between the virtual (digital) and the physical (urban)
The poster presents research as part of my PhD (Culture Lab, Newcastle University) concerning the potential of collective community action through socially engaged digital art within my local community. Taking as a starting point ideas from De Certeau (The Practice of Everyday Life, 1980) and Manovich (The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life, 2008) concerning strategies creating a space, both physical and digital, to allow discussion, understanding and community action. The research aims to understand and investigate the boundaries, similarities and conflicts between the virtual (digital) and the physical (urban) spaces that the community inhabits and my role as an artist, researcher and community member.
The Culturally Constructed Sense of Place in Negotiating Transnational Identities
The way people understand places varies according to individuals’ culturally formed Sense of Place. The sensorium that the cultural environment provides has a significant factor in providing the means of perceiving and creating meanings to everyday things. In transnational context, people use this information in their acculturation processes and re-define their different levels of identity.
Lost in Poetic Space: A Constellation of Concretism
Concrete poetry can briefly be described as a poetry designed to be seen as well as read. This poster presents an introduction to the genre, tracing the origins of its emergence in the 1950s through the formal development of modernist poetry and providing a theoretical framework through which these unconventional texts may be approached. Reproductions of key works complement this exposition and demonstrate the new poetic possibilities proposed by concrete for poets and readers alike.