Lessons in Geography Arts Conference @ mac birmingham


Friday 8 & Saturday 9 November, 10am – 5pm


Between the idea. And the reality. Between the motion. And the act. Falls the Shadow.

[The Hollow Men/ T.S. Eliot]

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s seminal novel ‘Invisible Cities’ and Jonathan Swift’s enduring ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, this conference is concerned with the properties of geography in the broadest sense. It asks how do our histories shape our perspective of a particular place, be that real, metaphorical or imagined? And how does experience influence our interpretations and readings of a given environment?

Here artists, writers and commentators discuss the complex space between the physical and hypothetical realms within creative practice. The processes and manifestations of artistic endeavour are central to the debate, with an examination of qualitative differences and dependencies between the intangible idea, theory or concept and the material object created.

Contributors include:

Tom Hunter Internationally acclaimed artist and Professor in Photography Research at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London | Gemma Marmalade Artist and lecturer at University of Bedfordshire | Bharti Parmar Artist and academic | Christine Checinska Artist and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of East London | Jananne Al-Ani Artist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London | Eva Marín Artist and lecturer at Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona | Martin Newth Artist and Programme Director of BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design | Fergus Heron Artist and senior lecturer at the University of Brighton | Stuart Griffiths Artist and writer | Carol Mavor Artist, writer and Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester | Anna Falcini Artist and researcher | Harun Morrison Co-director of Fierce Festival and one half of multi-disciplinary collective They Are Here | Jacqueline Butler Artist and Pathway Leader of MA Photography at The Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University | Erasmus Schroeter Artist and academic

Lessons in Geography
is co produced by mac birmingham and The University of Derby. The conference organisers are Craig Ashley and Vered Lahav.

Image:  Gemma Marmalade, Strange Birds (still from video). 2011. Courtesy the artist.

Take a look at the programme for the day here.
£25 (£20) Day ticket

£40 (£30) Multi buy – 2 day ticket

Students can get concessions (ID required).

Also, students can get £5 off each ticket with the code LIG10 – £15 day tickets reduced to £10.



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