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'Lessons in Geography' conference

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November 2013

Lessons In Geography Conference
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November, 10am – 5pm
mac, Birmingham

'Between the idea. And the reality. Between the motion. And the act. Falls the Shadow.' [The Hollow Men/ T.S. Eliot]

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s seminal novel Invisible Cities and Jonathan Swift’s enduring Gulliver’s Travels, this conference is concerned with the properties of geography in the broadest sense. It asks how do our histories shape our perspective of a particular place, be that real, metaphorical or imagined? And how does experience influence our interpretations and readings of a given environment?

Here artists, writers and commentators discuss the complex space between the physical and hypothetical realms within creative practice. The processes and manifestations of artistic endeavour are central to the debate, with an examination of qualitative differences and dependencies between the intangible idea, theory or concept and the material object created.

Speakers include:

  • Jananne Al-Ani, Artist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts, London
  • Jaqueline Butler, Artist and Pathway Leader, MA Photography at the Manchester School of Art
  • Tom Hunter, Artist and Professor in Photography Research at the London College of Communications, University of Arts London
  • Eva Marin, Artist and lecturer at Instituto Europeo di Design, Barcelona
  • Carol Mavor, Artist, writer and Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester
  • Erasmus Schroeter, Artist and academic

Use the link below to download the programme which lists the conference speakers in full.

Lessons in Geography is co produced by mac birmingham and The University of Derby. The conference organisers are Craig Ashley and Vered Lahav.

£25 (£20) Day ticket
£40 (£30) Multi buy – 2 day ticket
Concessions for students - ID required.

Click here for more information and to book for the conference.

Click here to download the conference programme.(101 KB)

Gemma Marmalade, Strange Birds (still from video). 2011. Courtesy the artist.

Gemma Marmalade, Strange Birds (still from video). 2011. Courtesy the artist.