A seminar on space, place and sensation
Taunton TA2 8LG
Topographies is a one-day seminar exploring how we make sense of different landscapes, through contemporary art practice and creative geographies. Artists and researchers lead a series of discussions around the remote and the connected, the mapping of invisible and imagined spaces, and how technology is changing our relationship to landscape.
Harriet Hawkins, art writer and professor in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London.
John Wylie, professor in Cultural Geography at Exeter University.
The seminar includes a lunch event, developed by Vilma Luostarinen in collaboration with Natasha Rosling. The menu will conjure the imaginary spaces of the body and its relationship to the land and sea.
There is the option to take an artist-devised journey to the seminar, from Swansea, Cardiff and Bristol. Activities en route include onboard entertainment and video screenings, on a luxury coach organised by Alexander Stevenson.
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Topographies is organised as part of the exhibition Odyssean: Topographies at Hestercombe Gallery, and supported by Spike Associates and Wales Artist Resource Programme.
Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant, Simon Lee Dicker
18.11.17 – 25.02.18
Taunton TA2 8LG
How is technology changing our relationship to landscape? Four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation.
Over two years, Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant and Simon Lee Dicker instigated a series of artist residencies across the Orkney Isles. From different locations – a remote bothy, a lighthouse, a beachside golf course and a burial chamber – each artist developed distinctive connections with the archipelago, its human stories and extraordinary geography.
Odyssean: Topographies draws together common themes in their practices, including the mapping of invisible or imagined spaces, and the experience of physical and emotional remoteness. Sited in the galleries and gardens of Hestercombe House, the exhibition responds to its surroundings: a landscape at once historic and contemporary, highly managed and equally wild.
Natasha Rosling, Daily Notes, 2016-17, audio recording, upholstered chair and lamp
Alexander Stevenson, All At Sea, 2017, Sculpture and video (12 mins)
Simon Lee Dicker, The Accidental Sculpture, 2017, laser sintered nylon powder 3D print
Alistair Grant, Moving Swiftly Onwards, 2017, digital animation, Jesmonite sculpture
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