The day began with an performance devised by Gulgun Kayim. Taking her theme of Terror Towns, she maps a performance of “Our Town” on the virtual landscape of a small town depopulated by the armed forces and used for terrorist training. The actors gave a compelling performance as they discussed the daily milking whilst they manouevre model tanks, planes and soldiers to their ultimate destruction.
After lunch, we reconvened to Rapson Hall for a series of panels presenting and discussing the themes of shadows traces undercurrents.
The keynote by Iain Biggs and Mary Modeen also featured a ‘Greek chorus’ of visitors from the British Isles who helped illustrate the themes that Mapping Spectral Traces encompass. Amongst the other speakers, Victoria Walters (UWE Bristol) examined the nature of Joseph Beuys’ 7000 Oaks project and Judy Tucker and Harriet Tarlo gave us an insight into the nature of artistic collaboration as they talked of the processes involved in their joint project.
Following the panels, and a short hop into the foyer of Rapson Hall, we enjoyed the official book launches of “Joseph Beuys and the Celtic Wor(l)d” by Victoria Walters, “Between Ineffable Intervals” edited by Mel Shearsmith and the joint publication “Quantock Dreaming/Weatherproof” by Iain Biggs and Antony Lyons. (Further details can be found at the PLaCE website, http://www.uwe.ac.uk/sca/research/place/pubminn_news12.htm).
Public events were brought to a close by the opening of the Sense of Place artists’ books exhibition curated by Karen Kinoshita at the Architecture and Landscape Library Gallery (Minneapolis). With wide ranging styles and subject matter, the exhibition included works from local artists, Mapping Spectral Traces members, and members of UWE, Bristol. The exhibition runs until the 12th January 2013.