Archive | October 2014

Stephen Livingstone – Leverhulme Residency at The School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Durham University.

livingstone 2The 12 month residency beginning in September 2014 will involve me working alongside the ROBUST research team headed by Dr. Karen Johnson based at the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences.

ROBUST stands for the Regeneration of Brownfield Land Using Sustainable Technologies and was set up to investigate the potential for using waste materials (such as manganese and ferric oxides, the by-products of water treatment processes) to remediate contaminated land.

I am interested in the impact which human activity has upon landscapes and habitats and my work often involves the use of pigments made from earth, minerals and ashes. Karen came across some of my work in an exhibition at the university and immediately saw a connection with her own concerns.

I have an open brief to respond to the work of the project and I have begun with a series of exploratory drawings using ferric oxide, coal and galena (lead ore), reflecting upon some of the processes used to observe and analyse contaminated soils. I am also interested in rammed earth technologies and hope to explore the potential of this most ancient of construction techniques.

livingstone 1Much of my recent work has involved moth populations, the recording of moth species in specific locations or natural history collections and the use of this data in the development of images and artefacts. “Moths and Moons”, commissioned by the British Library, was exhibited at the World Heritage Site Visitors Centre on Palace Green as part of the Lindisfarne Gospels festival and “Gathering Dust”, a moth installation commissioned by the National Trust, is currently showing at Acorn Bank House in Cumbria. During the residency I shall be conducting a moth survey of the Science Site ans possibly producing a new body of work in response to the results.

Stephen Livingstone studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and competed his MA at Chelsea College of Art. He has worked in community arts and art education and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad including at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

 stephenlivingstone.wordpress.com

Banff Research In Culture 2015

Demos: Life in Common
Banff Research in Culture 2015 – Summer Research Residency
Program dates: June 1, 2015 – June 19, 2015
Application deadline: December 10, 2014

Faculty: Alex Hartley, Nina Power, Astra Taylor, others TBA

Demos: Life in Common
Banff Research in Culture 2015 – Summer Research Residency
Program dates: June 1, 2015 – June 19, 2015
Application deadline: December 10, 2014

Faculty: Alex Hartley, Nina Power, Astra Taylor, others TBA
Further info, including application information, can be found at:
http://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/program.aspx?id=1534
(Contact: Brandy Dahrouge: brandy_dahrouge@banffcentre.ca)

The word demos names ‘the people’, and thus democracy is, at its most basic constitutive level, the shared power of people thinking and acting. Democracy is grounded upon the capacity of the people to narrate and decide the shape of collective life. But the ‘democracy’ we experience and live with today has devolved into practices of state sovereignty and governmentality, a society characterized by social and economic inequality, and an under-represented and disenfranchised electorate. And it seems, too, that hopes in technology as a mechanism that might yet create a new common ground have failed to achieve their promised ends.

Demos: Life in Common invites participants to consider the ways in which we constitute and experience collective life in this century. We seek to bring together artists, writers, researchers, and cultural producers who in their work explore the ways in which we might reinvigorate democratic life today—not just ‘democratic’ in its narrow, political sense, but as life in common in which being and belonging engenders the full flourishing of individuals and communities. What new forms might politics take today—a time that bears little resemblance to those bygone centuries that gave birth to many of our political structures and imaginings? How is collective self-determination mobilized and what do recent events demonstrate about the will of the people and the will of the state? What is the role of new technologies in enhancing or impeding social equality? Might it yet help to create new forms of community and belonging? And how might contemporary cultural, artistic and intellectual activities enliven the belief of the dêmos in its own capacities and possibilities?

“Demos” also names cultural and social practices that suggest other ways in which we might pursue our inquiries during this program. A demo is also an essai—an attempt, a test, an experiment in sound that allows musicians to record their own creative efforts and to share their ideas with others. And, demos are what groups engage in when they want to draw attention to problems and limits that existing structures of government, law or economy can’t address or even apprehend. Demonstrations are a site at which the demos tries to upend the ossified language of culture and politics by upsetting the patterns of the quotidian, taking to the streets and affirming their collective displeasure en masse. Over three weeks, participants will engage in experiments of thinking, acton, and making—demos that challenge the self-certainties and pieties of existing structures and practices, and so help to envision and enable renewed forms,of democratic life.

We look forward to receiving compelling and original proposals from thinkers and artists.

Banff Research in Culture 2015
Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) is a residency program designed for scholars and artists engaged in advanced theoretical research on themes and topics in culture. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty (pre-tenure), activists, writers, and practicing artists from around the world will convene at The Banff Centre for three weeks to contemplate the theme Demos: Life in Common.

BRiC is designed to offer researchers and artists with similar interests from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds, an opportunity to exchange opinions and ideas in a fruitful and intensive environment. Participants are encouraged to develop new research, artistic, editorial, and authorial projects, both individually and in connection with others. Participants will attend lectures and seminars offered by visiting faculty. This program aims to develop new approaches toward the study and analysis of culture, as well as create lasting networks of scholars and artists who might use this opportunity as the basis for future collaborative work.

Demos: Life in Common is the fifth edition of BRiC following Distributed Intimacies (2014); Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange (2013); The Retreat: A Position of dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), and On the Commons; or, Believing-Feeling-Acting Together (2011). The Banff Centre is a world-renowned facility supporting the creation and performance of new works of visual and digital art, music, dance, theatre, research and writing.

The 2015 edition of BRiC is generously supported by The Banff Centre, the University of Alberta, and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto.