Walking Wisdom, Mapping Communities

Ómós Áite, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway at the Galway International Arts Festival, 2015

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Photograph: Feet of Cindy Cummings and Ronan Browne, Walking Wisdom Woodquay Project.
©Elodie Rein Photography, 2015.

Luke Clancy of Culture File, RTÉ Lyric FM, speaks to Bernadette Divilly about the Walking Wisdom Woodquay project during the Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). This project brings together Dance, Architecture and Community Mapping to explore urban design through community participation. It is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, CKI and Ómós Áite, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and Galway City Council.
http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=16%3A20816726%3A2387%3A20%2D07%2D2015%3A

 

A ‘First Thoughts Talk’ on Creative Cities and the Walking Woodquay Project at GIAF, 18 July 2015.

Chaired by Dr Nessa Cronin – Walking Woodquay Project Co-Director, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway.

Details:

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UWE Degree Show 2015

From MST member David Smith:

If you find yourself in Bristol, UK between the 5th and the 11th of June, you are invited to attend the University of the West of England, Bristol Creative Industries Degree Show on Friday 5 June. The Private View is on the 5th of June, with general opening running from the 6th to the 11th of June.

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Our annual Degree Show at Bower Ashton and Spike Island is a real highlight of the year, showcasing the outstanding work of over 500 new graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the UWE Bristol School of Art and Design and the UWE Bristol School of Film and Journalism.

At the Bower Ashton Campus:

A spectacular range of work from programmes including Animation, Drama, Drawing and Applied Arts, Fashion, Filmmaking, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Journalism, Media Culture and Practice, Photography, and Printmaking. Directions to Bower Ashton.

At Spike Island:

Work by undergraduate Fine Art and Art and Visual Culture students will also be exhibited at UWE’s Spike Island Studios. Directions to Spike Island.

The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths — Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

map-webThe catalogue for The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel PathsPalestinians, Native Americans, Irish is available nowIt records the touring art exhibition, conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter.

Featured in this catalogue are the powerful artworks of 39 contemporary artists, along with nine essays by scholars and art critics Aisling B. Cormack, Valerie Behiery, Phoebe Farris, John Halaka, Valentin Lopez, Rawan Arar and Nessa Cronin, as well as a foreword by Painter and an introduction by Heath.

“Given the current climate around the Middle East, and especially around Israel’s predations in Palestine, few in the world of the arts have had the courage to approach the subject, or the intelligence to approach it reasonably. This exhibition and publication make amends for such omissions, and do so with fierce integrity.”

— LUCY R. LIPPARD, writer, art critic, activist and curator, author most recently of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West

To learn more about the exhibit and the catalogue, visit our website

 

 

 

 

 

 

“thinking making living” exhibition now on

This group exhibition and series of related public programs investigate socially engaged artistic practices that invite participation, foster collaboration, and imagine cross-disciplinary approaches to the social, political and ecological issues of our time. Over the last decade, socially engaged art has emerged as a distinctive form of contemporary practice, its roots tangled in social activism, community organizing, avant-garde ambitions to unite art and life, happenings, political performance and advocacy. The Twin Cities in particular have become a hotbed for such practices that question how we are in the world today, how we relate to each other and interact with the ecological, political, and cultural issues that shape our lives.

Curated by: Christine Baeumler, Associate Professor of Art, Rebecca Krinke, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, and Christina Schmid, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota; Ashley Duffalo, Program Manager, Public and Community Programs, and Sarah Schultz, Curator of Public Practice at Walker Art Center; and Scott Stulen, Curator of Public Engagement and Performing Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
The thinking making living exhibition is on until the 13th December, 2014.

Full details of the exhibition can be viewed at:
https://art.umn.edu/nash

Mona Smith is showing her six minute film Healing Place as part of the exhibition. The film introduces the ongoing deep mapping community project of the same name.

The video can be viewed on vimeo at:
http://vimeo.com/104962035

Art, Science, and Cultural Understanding

Iain Biggs has contributed to a new book that was published in August – “Art, Science, and Cultural Understanding”, edited by Brett Wilson, Barbara Hawkins, and Stuart Sim and published by Common Ground Publishing. Details of the book are as follows:

“Art and science are often seen in contemporary Western society as almost entirely separate and polarised fields of human enterprise. In contrast, a growing number of practitioners are realising that art and science are both intimately concerned with how we conceive of the world around us; not just as individuals, but also as societies. Art and science share a common embodied imagination, cognitive creativity, and independent spirit of inquiry at their heart, and both can summon up the visionary power of revolution for our senses.

The editors and contributors to this book clearly highlight the many underlying themes that have always connected art and science throughout our history and show, through a range of essay styles and voices, how a hybrid art-science movement is now emerging. This new movement offers a broader transdisciplinary perspective to avoid relying on narrow specialisms and short-term fixes when addressing growing global problems such as climate change, economic instability, and provision of food, water, and healthcare for a rapidly expanding world population. Practitioners, researchers, and students in the arts, sciences, and humanities will all find much in this volume to stimulate and inform new ways of thinking about their own disciplinary approaches.

  • Brett Wilson took early retirement from his professorial post as a university scientist to become a “scientist in residence” in an arts faculty.
  • Barbara Hawkins is a university-based arts educator and film maker with a special interest in practice-led arts research.
  • Stuart Sim is retired professor of critical theory and 18th century English literature and a widely published author.

The editors have worked together for a number of years on previous projects and are founder members of Project Dialogue.”

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Buzz Lab – A report from Inforum.com

Buzz Lab, an ongoing project started by MST co-convener Christine Beaumler five years ago, reached an important milestone in the project this month. Seventeen teenagers joined a week long internship to build and develop a habitat that will encourage bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators at the Plains Art Museum, in Fargo. This is the first phase that will see more pollinator-friendly areas built around the museum grounds, and the interns will return to carry on their good work during July and August.

Christine Beaumler and the interns begin work on the pollinator garden (image from www.inforum.com)

Christine Beaumler and the interns begin work on the pollinator garden
(image from http://www.inforum.com)

See the video

Full details of the project can be found on the www.inforum.com website.

 

 

Northern Spark – Be Mountain (preview excerpts from Shore)

The 2014 Northern Spark all-night arts event took place in Minneapolis on 14th June. Be Mountain (preview excerpts from SHORE) included performances by Emily Johnson/Catalyst and the Anonymous Choir.  Also included were participatory Light Box Walks along the Mississippi River and Stone Arch Bridge, Stories in Millstone Plaza, and Volunteer Actions created in partnership with Native American Community Development Institute. The video was produced and directed by Mona Smith. Video was shot to create a small art piece for the Healing Place project.  Elizabeth Day, Ojibwe, was the videographer.

It was a stormy night in Minnapolis. Because of that there were some adjustments to the itinerary. The video screening and storytelling took place in the ‘train shed’. However, the second part took place outdoors, with lightning across the river providing the backdrop.

Be Mountain (preview excerpts from SHORE) is inspired by SHORE, a performance project that is equal parts volunteerism, story, performance, and feast. SHORE is to premiere this June at Northrop Presents.

 

The 2013 AHRA Transgression Conference – An Overview by David Littlefield

The international conference on Transgression, co-organised by MST member David Littlefield and UWE colleague Dr Rachel Sara, is now being followed by a website and a pair of publications due for publication in the autumn of 2014. The conference, which was the 10th conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, took place in Bristol UK last November. With more than 60 speakers, including a specially-commissioned film from Bernard Tschumi, the conference heard from architects, artists, film-makers and theorists about the ways in which notions of transgression can help define spatial practice and readings of space. Speakers included a number of MST members including Gini Lee, Mary Modeen, Victoria Walters, David Smith, Rebecca Krinke and Iain Biggs.

“Transgression pushes the limits of experience”, wrote Bakhtin. Bataille suggested a further definition: “Transgression opens the door into what lies beyond the limits usually observed, but it maintains those limits just the same. Transgression is complementary to the profane world, exceeding its limits but not destroying it.”

The conference, therefore, asked how architecture and other spatial disciplines can challenge the norm (codes, rules, social constructs) in order to usefully redefine or re-code practice and the frameworks within which spatial practices take place. Indeed, by examining what is taking place at the edges of architecture, can notions of transgression help redefine the centre of architecture itself? One of the themes to emerge from the conference was, in fact, a recognition of the expanded field which encompasses architecture and the number of practices which have been deployed as architectural tools, including: mapping, exploring, performance, dance, chemistry, archaeology, walking and dreaming. Can notions of transgression – with its implications of subversion, blurring and stepping across a boundary – help in the creation of a new definition of architectural practice and practices?

These questions will continue to be explored in two post-conference publications presently being edited: the book Transgression (Routledge) and the journal Architecture and Culture on the theme of “Transgression: body and space” (Bloomsbury). Ideas were also tested through the publication of an issue of Architectural Design “The Architecture of Transgression” (Wiley)*. The Transgression research cluster at the University of the West of England is also working on a website. In the longer term, the research cluster is considering how the conference can have a lasting and on-going legacy through further projects and networking events.

For further details on Transgression and developing initiatives, please contact:

* http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118361792.html