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May 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Originally posted on occursus:
- 10am – Open & coffee
- Post-traumatic landscapes? Amanda Crawley Jackson
- 10.20am – Neepsend to Parson Cross. Paul Allender and Eddy Dreadnought
- 10.40am – The Meridian. Brian Lewis
- 11am – America Deserta Revisited. Tom Keeley.
- 11.20am – Discussion
- 11.40am – Regeneration as Trauma. Julia Dobson
- 12pm – Cyprien Gaillard’s work in Glasgow. Suzanne Robinson
- 12.20pm – Discussion
- 12.30 – Entropy at Charnwood Quarry. A film by Martin Blundell and Mark Goodwin
- 12.45 – Discussion
1pm – Free Lunch
Choose from a selection of:
A Selection of Freshly Baked Soft and Seeded Rolls
Authentic Mixed Samosa Selection V
Chicken Yakitori Skewer H
Creamy Lancashire and Roast Vegetable Quiche V
Mini Peppered Steak Pie
Selection of Yorkshire Cocktail Sausages with Barbecue Dip
Selected Fresh Fruits
Mini Cake Bites
A selection of mini cakes including chocolate brownies, flapjacks, tiffin and
lemon drizzle cake.
- 1.45pm – The Baroque Melancholy of Hashima. Mark Pendleton
- 2.30pm – a slip of the land / a slip of the language. Paul Evans
- 2.50pm – Discussion and coffee/tea & biscuits
- 3.10pm – The Ghosts of Furnace Park. Luke Bennett
- 3.30pm – Every Place a Palimpsest, Part 2. Emma Bolland
- 3.50pm – Closing discussion
- 4.30pm – Close
The symposium takes place at CADS, 5-7 Smithfield, Sheffield, S3 7AR.
May 5, 2013 Leave a comment
On May 22, occursus will be hosting a free symposium in Sheffield on Post-Traumatic Landscapes.
Speakers will include Amanda Crawley Jackson, Luke Bennett, Emma Bolland, Brian Lewis and others.
For more information and details of how to reserve a free place, please visit the occursus website.
May 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:
A commentary from Sutapa Chattopadhyay, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, School of Governance, and a visiting scholar at United Nations University (UNU-Merit).
[…] no matter how high the wall there is no wall high enough to block off migration (Houtum, 2010:973)
Historically, colonial settlers followed ‘divide and rule’ strategies to carve up the world based on resources, ignoring native socio-economic and cultural linkages to their lands. ‘B/order/ology’ (Houtum, 2010) cannot be entirely understood by ignoring European colonial historiography. Borders constrain or enable human mobility through laws and institutions that are juxtaposed within the citizenship and entitlement nexus which gets blurry between natives and immigrants in settler nations where indigenous communities who were not migrants were disassociated from their lands by European settlers. Today the epistemology of borders can be gleaned in a variety of ways: as a verb, a historical construct, discourse, a line, a frontier, a membrane, a biometric-digitized-racialized mechanism, an intricate machinery to expand territory or boundaries that divide the superior-civilized imperialists from the uncivilized barbers. In sum, borders are mobile as migrant subjectivities carry borders as a part of their identity.
June 6, 2012 Leave a comment
Art Sheffield and The University of Sheffield are collaborating on a new series of participatory symposia and workshops reflecting on art in the city. The aim is to generate debate around different aspects of contemporary art practice. It is intended that these discussions will feed into the planning and rationale for the next Art Sheffield Festival, which will be launched in October 2013 and will cohere around the central theme of new and old models of social and civic participation and work.
The first symposium, to be held at the University of Sheffield on Friday 29th June, will provide an opportunity for contributors from a wide range of interests and backgrounds relating to this broad field of enquiry to tease out strands to be used as ‘provocateurs’ that, over the course of the next year, will encourage debate and dialogue around the critical premise of the Art Sheffield Festival, and the selection of works. The themes of the first symposium are work and works.
The symposium will adopt a non-traditional format, interspersing speakers with artist performances, readings, screenings, a city walk and a collaborative roundtable discussion. As part of the programme, we will also be offering a free lunchtime picnic, during which participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk informally with practitioners and researchers from across the city. The resulting content will be documented and available online through a Bookleteer.
The themes we would like to explore on June 29th include (but are not limited to):
• works: the architecture of historic workplaces around the city
• the architecture and social and economic history of the city
• craftsmanship and sites for creative activity
• spaces that have been taken up by both artist communities and developers
• devotion and vocation
• the reconnection with meaningful labour and talents; work removed from economic gain, as a counter to a meaningless, boredom or inertia – ‘waste of time jobs’ all relating to the shifting economy of the city
• social cohesion within the city; the construction and perpetuation of class systems preventing solidarity and new media as an alternative model
We are seeking proposals from across the disciplines for performances, poetry, readings and panel contributions for the first symposium on June 29th. A small fee will be paid to participants.
For more information and a (short) proposal form, please email Amanda Crawley Jackson:
Download Art and Work symposium proposal form
The deadline for proposals is Monday June 18th, 5pm.
June 4, 2012 Leave a comment
Originally posted on The Funambulist:
It has been now three weeks that the occupation of Liberty Square in Wall Street New York started and after two weekends of confrontation with the New York Police Department, a small reflection on weaponized urban design seems appropriate. The massive arrests (about seven hundreds) of indignants by the NYPD on the Brooklyn Bridge this Saturday 1st October consecrated the highly controllable characteristic of Manhattan’s grid plans (which obviously includes its bridges). In fact, it was fairly easy for the Police to allow the demonstrators crowd to engage onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then stop them in the center of it in order to arrest them one by one.
The situation of Liberty Square itself is not really that much more defensible for the occupiers who is continuously surrounded by the NYPD without any form of possible retreat nor protection in case of a potential assault. This situation is almost applicable to the ensemble of Manhattan that offers an absolute control to the dominant force of an asymmetric conflict.
On the contrary, a form of urbanism that has been effectively active in the history of revolts, revolutions and wars of independence is embodied by the traditional north African city, the Medina in Tunis or more expressively the Casbah in Algiers. In fact, from 1954 to 1962, the resistance against the French colonizers nurtured within this old labyrinthine district of the Algerian capital city. The easiest witnesses to gather here to illustrate such a relationship between urban guerrilla and the Casbah’s physicality consists in two movies, Pépé le Moko by Julien Duvivier (1937 almost twenty years before the beginning of the Algerian War of Independence) and the very powerful The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo (1966, four years after the Algerian Independence and forbidden in France until 1971). The latter, indeed, shows how the resistance is facilitated by the rhizome of a multitude of narrow curvilinear streets and stairs added to an additional layer of connecting roofs in a very dense urban fabric. On the contrary, the French paratroopers in charge of the suppression, are often lost and every now and then fall into a trap by insurgents who are still in complete skill, material and human minority compared to the organized institutional army. Eventually the Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu, in charge of the operation, will manage to suppress the rebellion almost to the end (Algiers rebellion will be replaced by a provincial resistance that would eventually lead to the independence) by adapting the heavy army into a more “swarming” counter-guerrilla force.