Conference Papers

AAG 2007

Networks of Design  ( Design History Society, University Collage Falmouth, September 2008).
Creating the region- Networking the region: The creative industries in the south west’

Reinvigorating Social Geography: the politics and praxis of Social and Cultural Geography.  SCGRG ( RGS-IBG), Brighton Jan 2009
'The poetics and politics of the creative industries in South West Britain’

  • Abstract:
    The arguments in this paper are based on a series of reflections on our current research project entitled ‘The Negotiation of the poetics and politics of identity in the creative industries in South West Britain’. In its exploration of issues of identity, the creative economy and contemporary conceptualizations of the region, and in the methodological shifts it makes between the cultural geographies of the makers’ practices and their art works, discussions with governance officials and the analysis of policy documents, this is a project which sits at the nexus of social/cultural geography. In this paper we draw together what could be considered a cultural geographical analysis of art works with our engagements with policy makers and their policies, in considering the ideas of the ‘region’ and of regional identity that are developed. In so doing, we develop a series of conclusions that allow for the critical reflection on research practices and disciplinary identities and the benefits that our position at this nexus brings us. We consider the roots of geography’s artistic engagement and reflect on the potential for this increasing enrollment of art across the discipline to offer positive purchase on the interrelationship between cultural and social geographies.

Living Landscapes Conference Paper, June 2009, University of Aberystwyth
Landscape and Art: an enduring relation.

  • Abstract
    This paper is based on a series of engagements between the authors and the landscape practices of artists who live and practice in South West Britain. Through an analysis of the spaces and practices of the production, consumption and circulation of selected examples of contemporary landscape art the paper will work together three sets of dialogues: first, an analysis of the enacted geographies and embodied enquiries on the part of the producers and consumers of the pieces. Secondly, the negotiation the contemporary practice has with the art worlds of the region and its identity politics. Finally contemporary landscape art will be used as a perspective from which to consider current landscape theory.

    In working these artistic engagements the paper will reinforce the rich potential that contemporary art practices offer in the development contemporary landscape theories. Through the analysis of a range of contemporary media through which the artists work the paper centralizes landscape art as an embodied exploration, but does so alongside an exploration of issues of identity, locality and public pedagogy which preoccupy a number of artists in the region. In so doing, the paper aims to explore the articulation of a history and a politics so often held to be at stake in contemporary landscape theory’s turn from ideology.

AAG Conference 2010 three papers:

  • Abstract 1:
    Title: Intersections of creativity: The geographies of creative industries and cultural practices
    This paper forms an introduction to the three paper sessions that make up the intersections of creativity theme. The paper will outline the scope of discussion on creativity across geography, including the cultural geographies of creative practices and products, and the economic and political geographies of the creative industries. The paper outlines how a convergence of this research might positively emerge around conceptualizations of the places and spaces of creative industries and cultural practices. Whilst the focus of the paper is a theoretical discussion, the paper is drawn together through the examination of empirical material on the creative industries of South West Britain. Using the biographies of designer-makers and creative companies from across the South West, the paper indicates the importance of a synthesis of the geographical research on creative industries and cultural practices.
  • Abstract 2:
    Digital paper- South West Soho: Geographies of Digital Media in South West Britain.

    In this paper we explore the geographies of the digital media industries in South West Britain, with a particular focus on the animation sector. Recent research has emphasized the importance of geographies of creativity other than that of the urban-based creative cluster. We upon empirical material on animation companies distributed across the South West to examine the complex geographies of clusters and networks of this largely rural region. Through company biographies we examine the spaces, practices and governance of digital media production in the South West. Moving through the studio spaces, the virtual spaces of FTP sites, temporary urban-based meeting rooms and international trade fairs, we examine the creative practices of these animation companies. Tracing the development of their products, we explore the tensions between clusters and networks in their operation. We examine the ways in which these South West based companies make selected use of established digital media ‘clusters’, both permanent (e.g. London and Bristol) as well as temporary (e.g. trade fairs). We situate the role of these clusters alongside the companies’ activation and participation within a series of international networks.
  • Abstract 3:
    Title: Spatialities of the creative sector: an island case study.

    In this paper we use the Isles of Scilly, a group of small islands off the coast of South West Britain, to explore the relationships between the social and cultural geographies of creative practices and the economic and political geographies of the creative industries. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, we explore a range of ‘island practices’ and think through the ways in which ‘place’ influences the geographies of cultural practices and the creative industries on the islands. Using case-studies of artists and designer makers, we explore the influence of ‘Scilly’ on the development of their creative practices and products in terms of inspiration, their creative networks and communities, and in terms of the economic and political context in which they practice. The paper develops the biographies of a jeweler and a painter. Thinking through their practices and products we explore how island living reconfigures the normative cluster and network geographies of creativity. We examine how the inspiration of place intersects with the spatialities of the islands’ creative sector. Through these biographies we also reflect on the role of creative governance on the islands, and how this intersects with the creative governance of the South West and the UK more broadly.

Insites artists book: Harriet Hawkins and Annie Lovejoy.

  • Abstract
    Insites is a critical reflection on geographical ways of knowing emerging from a collaboration between artist, Annie Lovejoy and geographer, Harriet Hawkins. Through its production of a particular place, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall, UK, insites opens up critical space for the discussion of geographical knowledges. Working through conceptual ideas in site specific, local contexts it aims to explore different ways of knowing place, the collaborative process and the potential value of creative cultural practice in considering geographical ways of knowing.

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