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Odyssean: Topographies

Natasha Rosling, Alexander Stevenson, Alistair Grant, Simon Lee Dicker.

How is technology changing our relationship to landscape? Four artists reconsider the physical world through sound, sculpture, food, film and digital animation.

Since 2015, 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.

The Exhibition Odyssean: Topographies (18.11.17 – 25.02.18) drew 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 responded to its surroundings: a landscape at once historic and contemporary, highly managed and equally wild.

Topographies was a one-day seminar (06.02.2018) 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. Invited speakers were Harriet Hawkins, art writer and professor in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway, University of London, and John Wylie, professor in Cultural Geography at Exeter University.