Archive | April 2014

Laura Harrington: Leverhulme Artist in Residence

Laura Harrington is commencing an 11 month Leverhulme funded Artist Residency with the Geography Department. The focus of the residency will be the peatlands and uplands of the North Pennines, which will inform the making of a number of new works. She will be working closely with Invisible Dust (together with Woodhorn Museum), The North Pennines AONB Partnership and New Writing North as part of Durham Book Festival 14.

(Hummocks are your friends (eroded Peat), 2012)

(Hummocks are your friends (eroded Peat), 2012)

Laura says that the subject matter of geomorphology has become a recent concern in her, understanding how and why a landscape changes over time offers a hugely poetic starting to point to thinking about new work. Laura has previously made ‘Layerscape (peat bogs)’ a 16 mm film with sound in collaboration with Sarah Bouttell, Deborah Bower and Lee Patterson. Peering into the variegated life of the peatlands, she explored its wet fecundity; the vibrancy of the peat and the flora. In a contrasting arid environment of the Sierra de Maria National Park (Andalucia, Spain) she made a series of intricate drawings as a result of exploring the vegetation and dry landscape of the surrounding landscape to offer what she hopes is an alternative guide/story to the area – how it was formed, how it has changed and how human activity has altered or affected its character. Her exploration focussed on finding evidence of disappearance, change or vulnerability through forms and remnants from occurrences such as drought, flooding, erosion and human intervention.

(Layerscape an excerpt)

She has also collaborated with sound artists Kaffe Matthews, Lee Patterson and Jana Winderen to explore ‘the energy, power, ecology and destruction of the waterways in Northumberland through the medium of sound’. She wanted a work that traced ‘rivers as the veins of the country. They cause destruction and pleasure; change course, flood, flow fast and slow until they merge into the sea and are vital for a huge range of migratory fish, habitats, and people.’


More about her work can be found here


Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking

Lake District, 30 May – 2 June 2014

Durham University’s Residential Workshop on Ethnographic Filmmaking will take place in the Lake District from 30 May to 2 June 2014. Organised by the Department of Anthropology and financially supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council, the workshop aims to introduce the history, theory and practice of ethnographic film to Durham University-based postgraduate researchers of anthropology and AHRC-related disciplines who are interested in ethnographic research and audio-visual media.

In an intensive 4-day practical and theoretical training, participants will get acquainted with key concepts of ethnographic film language. They will gain understanding and basic skills in various audio-visual techniques for ethnographic filmmaking and develop confidence in using the medium of film for research purposes regardless of limited financial and technical resources.

The main emphasis of the training will be placed on creating short ethnographic films in a small group setting following established practices of film production. The practical challenge will be preceded by a series of introductory sessions that will focus on the history and theory of ethnographic film language as well as the basics of handling audio-visual equipment and journalism.

Meals, accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants.

If you are interested in participating, please read the open call and fill in the online application form by Friday, 25 April 2014.

For any additional information contact Dr Alex Flynn or Pina Sadar.

iARC Intelligent Imaging Workshop 2014

The iARC (Institute of Advanced Research in Computing) Intelligent Imaging workshop 2014 will explore both the imaging knowledge-base and future research potential of imaging scientists, practitioners and end-users in the Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences.  The event will be of interest to all academics with an interest in images whether as a research resource or from an image processing and technology perspective.

All interested parties are welcome under the broad “all things image” banner of this event aiming to forge future collaborative links across the broader imaging, image understanding and image utilisation domains.

The workshop will have presentations from colleagues that work with images from various disciplines across the University. The format for the day is to demonstrate the possibilities for research and encourage interdisciplinary discussions.  Breakout sessions will explore themes including the future imaging agenda at Durham,collaborative opportunities and maximising impact. Colleagues attending but not presenting will also be given an opportunity to showcase their work and interest.    There is no charge for this event.

When?                        Tuesday, 15th April 2014, 9.30 – 16.30,

Where?                       Lindisfarne Suite, St Aidens College

A light buffet lunch will be provided

Click here to register for this event  Please note that places are limited,  book early to avoid disappointment!

When registering for the event you will be asked to indicate your current or future interest/activity with images.  The aim is to make this an event that will meet your interests.  The full agenda for the meeting will be published nearer the event.  We are also opening the invitations to colleagues at other N8 Universities so if you have any contacts there that may benefit from this workshop please feel free to forward this mail to them.

We look forward  to welcoming you to this important workshop.

With best wishes,

Ed Ruck-Keene

Ed Ruck-Keene | Impact and Business Development Manager |iARC  Durham University