This first Think Tank at the old Minton Library in Stoke-on-Trent kicks off Topographies of the Obsolete's phase 2.
This first think-tank session was an informal platform for staff and participants from partner institutions to present a short synopsis of their recent research activity that has developed out of Topographies of the Obsolete Phase 1. It also facilitated a space to discuss new ideas, proposals and possibilities for future collaborations that will form the basis of the final phase of the project. One of the aims for these sessions is to identify and map out new potential post-industrial sites to work within.
9.30: Introduction – Project leaders Anne Helen Mydland and Neil Brownsword – Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Norway)
Introduction new partner institutions
Wendy Gers – ENSA – Limoges (France)
Magdelena Gerber – Geneva Academy of Art and Design (Switzerland)
Partner Institution presentations
10.00: Chloe Brown - Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
10.15: Danica Maier and Deb Swan – Nottingham Trent University (UK)
10.30: Kerstin Abraham – Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Germany)
10.45: Margrethe Kolstad Brekke – Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Norway)
11.00: Gwen Heeney – Newcastle University (UK)
11.15: Richard Launder – Bergen Academy of Art and Design (Norway)
11.30: Neil Brownsword – Bergen Academy of Art and Design, (Norway)/Bucks New University (UK)
11.45: Karen Harsbo - The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Denmark)
13.00 - 13.30: Danny Callaghan
Danny Callaghan has worked in a wide range of professional arts, creative heritage and cultural industries roles for more than twenty years. Often working within the context of urban regeneration and economic development initiatives - key themes have included: community engagement, creative and cultural skills development and sustainability or project legacy. Danny will outline some of the recent project he has been involved with including ceramic city stories
13.30 - 15.00: Round up /discussion.
For phase 2 of Topographies of the Obsolete the aim to mirror the experiences, methodologies and outcomes that evolved through phase 1 to other post‐industrial regions in the UK, Norway, Denmark and Germany. Interest from new partner institutions will also introduce and broaden the scope of this research to other regions in Europe that equally bear industrial histories adjacent to those in Stoke-on-Trent. The existing research strands will be used, plus additional strands that explore the landscape of post-industry as raw material, the contemporary ruin and ruination, and the role of art and artist in a non-art space, will constitute the basis of the research context in the diﬀerent institutions, workshops, seminars and conferences. Its important that these research strands continue to be developed out of individual projects, so that the overriding research questions and discussions are constantly relevant, and are grounded in each participant’s artistic practice. It is proposed that existing partner intuitions will apply methodologies of working site speciﬁcally uncovered through the project, back to their national/ local context, thus grounding the project in their own research environment and landscape.