Land/Water Call for Papers


Call for papers 

Water : Image 

4th – 6th July 2012

Conference to celebrate the 10th year of summer symposia organised by

Land/Water and the Visual Arts

Plymouth University, UK

Heidi Morstang, Jem Southam, Liz Wells 


Core Themes

 What is water?

From salt water to holy water, there is a long history of art referencing water in its many dimensions, locations and states. Imagery may explore water as substance, make metaphoric allusion, or engage debates relating to the geographies and socio-politics of water. Artists may have deep personal relationships with particular waters, or more documentary concerns with water needs and uses.

Water means life. In an era of climate change, debates about water, its availability and significance range across a number of academic fields. This conference will focus on water in its many states and circumstances, wherever it flows, floods, freezes, stagnates or evaporates. It will bring together artists/academics in lens-based and related fields of enquiry internationally, offering inter-disciplinary opportunities to share research, whether practice-led, art historical, geographic, theoretical or curatorial.

 Themes and questions might include, but are not restricted to: –

·      Practitioners responding to and representing material aspects of water as a substance capable of many states, from the frozen to steam and vapour?
·      Water as related to ecology, process, boundaries, the liminal and the transitional, physical geography and environmental change?
·      Cultural geographies and the politics of water and place?
·      Psychological and phenomenological perceptions and expressivity.
·      Narratives, histories, memories and journeys. 



Plymouth University

Proposals for papers or presentations

The conference organisers welcome proposals for individual lectures (historical, theoretical or critical appraisals of contemporary practices), presentation and critical reflection on your own practice, or panels on a chosen theme led by a moderator.

Proposals for talks or papers should take the form of:

  • Abstract (maximum 300 words in English)
  • Title in the original language and in English
  • 5 key-words
  • Your name, address, phone, email, institutional affiliation and title/status
  • Brief biographical summary (maximum 100 words)

Proposals for panels:
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·       List of participants (normally no more than four including the moderator)
  • Title in the original language and in English
  • 5 key-words
  • Moderator’s name, address, phone, email
  • Brief biographical summaries and institutional affiliation/status (maximum 50 words per participant)

Proposals for practice presentations including screenings should include:
  • Portfolio (10/12 images, or 2/3 minutes of moving image/film/video extracts)
  • Artist/image-maker statement
  • Title in the original language and in English
·       Artist name, address, institutional affiliation, title and email address
  • Brief biographical summary (maximum 100 words)

  • Abstracts due: November 1st, 2011, midday.
Notification to authors: mid-December, 2011

All proposals will be peer reviewed by the conference advisory panel. The decision of the conference organisers is final.

Publication of papers

Selected papers will be e-published at Land/Water and the Visual Arts website. The conference organisers ask presenters to ensure that their paper is original and has not been presented/published elsewhere.

(Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for use of images and other copyright materials.)

Conference arrangements

For full details of conference fees, accommodation, and related events, and also the research group for Land/Water and the Visual Arts, – events

For information about Plymouth University,

For information about the City of Plymouth and the South West of England,

Duration: Call for Proposals

Duration: an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring the
temporality of contemporary public arts practice.

Conference dates 29 & 30 March 2012, as part of AV Festival 2012.

Please e-mail abstracts (300 words) for 20 minute presentations of
papers, reflections on practice or proposals for 1hr workshops

Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 30th September 2011.

Intersections invites papers and presentations of work that explore
the tensions between permanence and temporality in contemporary public
arts practice. Public Art engages with issues of societal change,
policy-making and environmental specificities, all of which unfold at
a unique pace. Critical practice and new technologies can engage,
disrupt or challenge this pace by working across time and space.

Possible themes include, but are not restricted to:

Permanent / Ephemeral: how do ephemeral practices disrupt, agitate or
question the permanence of contemporary social and physical
landscapes? How do ???permanent??? rhetorical topoi in our landscapes
retain relevance and evoke meaning against the continual pulse of
change? What are the dialogues between ephemerality and permanence in
contemporary practice and how do they relate to broader social and
political discourse? How do we inscribe temporary acts/events into
more permanent forms and what are the implications of this?

Duration: What is the duration of a public artwork? In commissioned
work, how are demands for ???visual??? deliverables mediated with desires
for socially-engaged and place-enriching practice? In our
consideration or evaluation of public art projects, are we too quick
to judge? How does duration affect our perception of value? Is there a
different temporality to urban and rural works?

Expectation: How have contemporary art practices used temporal
disruption to alter the audience???s expectations and experience? How is
contemporary public art practice engaging with technology to disrupt
desires for immediacy?
The conference responds to the AV Festival 2012 theme of Slowness, the
Festival aims to slow down the biennial experience by presenting work
at multiple venues and at different paces, speeds and times of day.

Further info:
Intersections (
Intersections is a research platform based in Fine Art at Newcastle
University. Intersections seeks to generate critical dialogue about
public art practice through events and research projects in
collaboration with the cultural sector. Intersections examines issues
arising from the creative friction inherent in the interaction of
public art practice, policy and public space.

AV Festival (
AV Festival is the UK’s largest biennial festival of electronic arts,
which takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, and
Middlesbrough. The festival presents a programme of new commissions,
exhibitions, concerts, performances, film-screenings and debate,
working in partnership with the North East cultural sector and beyond.

MST IV, Friday, Visit to Kilmainham Gaol

Following a highly productive reflection of the previous two days Mapping Spectral Traces, a few of us visited Kilmainhan Gaol. It was an enlightening and moving, tour of the gaol itself, followed by a visit to the Gaol’s museum, with its artefacts from the museum’s past, and an exhibition of current artworks. HIghly recommended. (Images: Rebecca Krinke and David Smith)
David Smith


Dublin Symposium July 14: Collaborative Change?Commons, Networks, Exchange

Collaborative Change? – Commons, Networks, Exchange

Thursday 14th July, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 2

This one-day symposium, co-organized by PhotoIreland and GradCAM and supported by the City Arts Office, Dublin City Council, investigates emerging possibilities around collaboration, sharing and exchange and collective models of production, consumption, and ownership across a number of arts and non-arts fields.

  Existing models have a long history in the construction and maintenance of community and provision e.g. meitheal, housing and agriculture cooperatives, credit unions, artists’ communities, etc. Network societies bring with them open and crowd-sourcing, user-generated content, crowd-funding and collaborative consumption, social networks with new economic models emerging.  The aim of the day is to frame these shifts and developments in the context of a new urgency and discuss what they mean for the future of cultural work, education, local and alternative economic initiatives, funding and financing, communities and networks amongst other issues.

  It brings together number of local and international speakers made up of artists and theorists, activists and commentators across a number of areas and fields. These include: Michel Bauwens,; Branka ??ur??i??,; Renée Ridgway; Patrick Bresnihan; Nicolas Malevé,; Adria Rodriguez ; Gergely Laszlo; Tom Stewart,; Michaele Cutaya; Aebhric Coleman, ; Andrew Hetherington,

Date: Thursday 14th July, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 2

Time: 9.15am – 5.45pm

Fee: €8 includes teas, coffees and lunch for the day

Bookings and further information: <>