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Futureland Now Symposium – Registration now open!

16 – 17 November 2012
Laing Art Gallery
Newcastle upon Tyne

Photographers, curators and researchers explore contemporary photographic practices and the post-industrial landscape.

The aesthetic traditions of British landscape and place are complexly remixed in contemporary visual cultures, from the pastoral vision of a green and pleasant land through to the darkly sublime satanic mills of the industrial revolution evoked in Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony. Taking our cue from such contemporary articulations, this symposium will consider how recent photographers negotiate the aesthetics and politics of place. How do photographers respond to the dramatic refocusing of Western economies in the past three decades, from manufacturing and extraction to service industries? In considering different local and global contexts, we will explore photographic landscapes where past histories haunt present experience and future possibilities, and where the (post-) industrial is variously visualised.

Our symposium will look both forwards and backwards, surveying some of the territories of new photographic landscapes that have emerged since the late 1970s, and addressing the challenges facing photographers today.  Different archaeologies of practice, place and history will be discussed, with presentations from leading practitioners, curators and academics. Futureland Now: Reflections on the Post-Industrial Landscape, featuring work by John Kippin and Chris Wainwright is at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle until 20 January 2013

Join us for two days of photographic debate, provocation and networking.

Friday 16 November, 6pm – 8pm: David Chandler in conversation with John Kippin and Chris Wainwright 

Saturday 17 November, 9.30am – 5pm:  Day Symposium 

Speakers include: Professor Liz Wells (lecturer and curator); Professor Jem Southam; (photographic artist and lecturer) Dr Eugenie Shinkle (writer and lecturer); Professor Mike Crang  (Geographer and Associate Dean of the Centre of Visual Arts and Cultures, Durham University) and Martin Newth (artist and curator).

Symposium organised in partnership with the University of Sunderland, University of the Arts London, University of Plymouth and Laing Art Gallery.

Registration open now.  Please click HERE to be taken to the online store to register and pay.

Early-bird rate offer until 31 October!  Fees are £20 for full event or £10 unwaged/students.   Register on or after 1 November and fees will be £30 full price, £15 unwaged/students.

Download:
Futureland Now Symposium Programme
Speaker Biographies

 

NEPN Symposium – 18 May 2012

MIchelle Sank, Untitled from 'The Submerged'

MIchelle Sank, Untitled from ‘The Submerged’

Thank you for joining us for NEPN’s  Third Annual Symposium.  You can find reports from the day from David Campbell here and Gemma Thorpe here.  Audio from the presentations is available HERE

Speakers included:  Pauline Hadaway; Bas Vroege; Michelle Sank; Anthony Luvera; Craig Ames; Ben Jones.

Dan Graham: ‘All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative and more real than art’. (http://artsconnected.org/collection/107477/dan-graham-beyond?print=true )

Is it possible for photographers to realise such dreams? What are the issues facing socially engaged practitioners today? Such questions seem particularly apt in our highly contested social sphere, marked in the UK by Conservative politics and seemingly intractable financial crisis coupled with savage cuts in public spending. Echoes of the 1980s are all too pervasive, with talk of (yet another) ‘lost generation’, rumour of renewed conflict in the South Atlantic, queues at petrol pumps and disarray among political parties of all persuasions. Much of this is played out across new social media contexts, where the networked photographic and video image has a seemingly new currency.

How might photographers today respond to these and other challenges? Our symposium seeks to explore some of the photographic and artistic strategies developed by current practitioners in varied contexts of social engagement, collaboration and participation.  These strategies will be explored in a series of presentations and dialogues, involving artists, curators and audiences. Among other questions, we will consider the extent to which the ‘social turn’ is paralleled in other visual and artistic practices.  What criteria should we employ to judge the effectiveness and success of socially engaged practices? How do we balance process, participation and shared ownership, alongside more conventional notions of authorship, photographic concept and creativity?  In short, the aesthetic dimensions of socially engaged practice will be a focus of our discussion and presentations, whether confrontational and disturbing or daring to explore strategies of visual pleasure and play.

Socially engaged projects have traditionally had a weak profile within the commercial photographic and art worlds. We will also consider the extent to which this may be shifting, with the renewed emphasis on experimental socially- engaged projects in the public realm on the part of commissioners and festival curators.

Join us for a day of photographic debate, provocation and networking.

Registration is now open.   Fees are just £15 or £7.50 for students and unwaged, this includes lunch and refreshments!

Venue: Mining Institute, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE.

REGISTER HERE

Following the Symposium we will be heading down to Side Gallery where Damien Wootten will be launching his new publication ‘Northern Refuge’ supported by North East Refugee Service and published by NEPN.

More information is available in the Events section.

NEPN Symposium, 18 May 2012

Socially -Engaged Practices Today @ Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Michelle Sank, Untitled from the series The Submerged, 2011

 

Speakers include:  Pauline Hadaway; Bas Vroege; Michelle Sank; Anthony Luvera; Craig Ames; Ben Jones.

Dan Graham: ‘All artists are alike. They dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative and more real than art’. (http://artsconnected.org/collection/107477/dan-graham-beyond?print=true )

Is it possible for photographers to realise such dreams? What are the issues facing socially engaged practitioners today? Such questions seem particularly apt in our highly contested social sphere, marked in the UK by Conservative politics and seemingly intractable financial crisis coupled with savage cuts in public spending. Echoes of the 1980s are all too pervasive, with talk of (yet another) ‘lost generation’, rumour of renewed conflict in the South Atlantic, queues at petrol pumps and disarray among political parties of all persuasions. Much of this is played out across new social media contexts, where the networked photographic and video image has a seemingly new currency.

How might photographers today respond to these and other challenges? Our symposium seeks to explore some of the photographic and artistic strategies developed by current practitioners in varied contexts of social engagement, collaboration and participation.  These strategies will be explored in a series of presentations and dialogues, involving artists, curators and audiences. Among other questions, we will consider the extent to which the ‘social turn’ is paralleled in other visual and artistic practices.  What criteria should we employ to judge the effectiveness and success of socially engaged practices? How do we balance process, participation and shared ownership, alongside more conventional notions of authorship, photographic concept and creativity?  In short, the aesthetic dimensions of socially engaged practice will be a focus of our discussion and presentations, whether confrontational and disturbing or daring to explore strategies of visual pleasure and play.

Socially engaged projects have traditionally had a weak profile within the commercial photographic and art worlds. We will also consider the extent to which this may be shifting, with the renewed emphasis on experimental socially- engaged projects in the public realm on the part of commissioners and festival curators.

Join us for a day of photographic debate, provocation and networking.

Registration is now open. Just £15 or £7.50 for students/unwaged including lunch and refreshments.  More information is available in the Events section.

Portfolio Review Day, 19 May 2012.  Information on reviewers and process is available here

The Versatile Image Conference: Concessionary rate for network members

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of concessionary places, priced at £40, for the forthcoming conference on 24-26 June 2011.

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The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0 invites scholars, educators, curators, and visual artists to look closely at the current state of the novel “hypervisual” environment that we now live in and identify new avenues of research in this rapidly evolving field. Selected papers by 25 international speakers will showcase contemporary scholarship on the topic in the wider area of humanities, from art history, visual culture studies and museology, to media studies, visual anthropology and sociology, as well as art projects, individual and/or collaborative.

The conference will host panel presentations, keynote talks and forums to explore: the ontological, conceptual, technical, and aesthetic premises of photography in the era of Web 2.0; the changing use, exhibition and social value of contemporary vernacular imagery; the mutation of photographic genres and their currency in different online contexts of viewing; the blurring of the boundaries between the private and the public, and the related issues of voyeurism, exhibitionism and ethics.

Keynote speakers: David Bate (University of Westminster); Mia Fineman (Metropolitan Museum of Art); Martin Lister (University of West of England); and Julian Stallabrass (Courtauld Institute of Art).

For more information on how to book please visit:  http://tinyurl.com/4w3aq45

The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0


ContactSheet-001Registration is now open for an international conference which will be held in the North East.  The Versatile Image: Photography in the Era of Web 2.0 invites scholars, educators, curators, and visual artists to look closely at the current state of the novel “hypervisual” environment that we now live in and identify new avenues of research in this rapidly evolving field. Selected papers by 25 international speakers will showcase contemporary scholarship on the topic in the wider area of humanities, from art history, visual culture studies and museology, to media studies, visual anthropology and sociology, as well as art projects, individual and/or collaborative.

The conference will host panel presentations, keynote talks and forums to explore: the ontological, conceptual, technical, and aesthetic premises of photography in the era of Web 2.0; the changing use, exhibition and social value of contemporary vernacular imagery; the mutation of photographic genres and their currency in different online contexts of viewing; the blurring of the boundaries between the private and the public, and the related issues of voyeurism, exhibitionism and ethics.

Keynote speakers: David Bate (University of Westminster); Mia Fineman (Metropolitan Museum of Art); Martin Lister (University of West of England); and Julian Stallabrass (Courtauld Institute of Art).

For more information please visit the conference website here. An early bird conference rate is available until 31st March 2011.

Symposium and Portfolio Reviews: Future of the Photo-book

Dates for your diary:

The NEPN symposium and portfolio reviews will be on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April.

Our symposium theme this year is around photography publishing and the future of the photo- book. We’re inviting practitioners, publishers, writers and curators to talk about their experiences.  Confirmed speakers include Bruno Ceschel (www.selfpublishbehappy.com) and Gordon McDonald (Photoworks www.photoworksuk.org/).  More details coming soon.

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Image credit: Self Publish, Be Happy at Vision 10, London, 19th November 2010

Saturday 16th April is you chance to show your portfolio to some of our invited reviewers — keep the date free!