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PLaCE Visiting Speaker Series 2010: Dr Ruth Jones

Dr Ruth Jones
PLaCE/LAND2 Speaker Series 2010
Dr Harriet Hawkins
Occupying landscapes tensions, working on unsettled ground (part 1)
Thursday 28th October 2010


Dr Harriet Hawkins: Occupying landscape’s tensions, working on unsettled ground (28th October 2010)
Landscape is a fraught term, its theoretical complexity matched
‘by the clamour of competing… methodological positions which have south to understand it’ (Dubow 2009). One thing that does however seem to unite landscape theories is a conceptual unease: landscape is duplicitous (Daniels 1989) landscape is a dialectic (Mitchell 2002) and as tension (Wylie 2006, 2007). In this paper I will examine these landscape tensions through a series of vignettes uniting theory and artistic investigation. In doing so I explore the metaphysics of intimacy and distance, the associated tensions of observation and inhabitation, and the relations of nature and culture.

Harriet’s research forms an in interdisciplinary examination of the relations between artistic and geographical practices. This includes the analysis of the potential of visual art practices to contribute to critical human geographies, including space, place, landscape. Her work has included exploring the materialities of art works and the political potential of rubbish; debates around installation and embodied subjectivities; work on landscape, embodiment and affect, and practice-led research on place and mapping. She is currently a Lecturer in Human Geography, based in the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

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