CHeriScape V: LANDSCAPE IN IMAGINATION AND THE VIRTUAL FUTURE

14-16 June 2016
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (UK)
http://www.cheriscape.ugent.be/

Registration remains open for the fifth and final CHeriScape conference.

Following previous conferences in (Ghent, July 2014; Amersfoort, November 2014; Oslo, May 2015 and Madrid, September 2015) the CHeriScape network’s final conference will provide discussion space for exploring the synergy of landscape and heritage and what in combination they can contribute to science and public policy. Like all our conferences, the Newcastle conference will feature presentations from experts and formal interactive discussion sessions, including discussion on a wide range of poster presentations. This fifth conference however will also involve a range of innovative creative and performative work, as CHeriScape turns its gaze inwards and forwards, and connects landscape and heritage to the creative and visual arts and to virtual imagination.

Landscape in Imagination and the Virtual Future

The mental landscapes we inhabit are increasingly digital as well as remembered. New media is changing how people interact and even how they think, and we increasingly experience familiar and distant landscapes through a virtual lens, just another turn to the ELC definition of landscape as areas ‘perceived by people’. Our concluding conference explores how futures that grow from the past can be imagined through new forms of heritage and landscape representations, and how present and future landscapes will be shaped and constructed.

The conference has three themes, grouping together the plenary presentations to facilitate discussion. Our gallery of posters will also reflect upon these three themes, as will four structured discussion session that allow all attendees to become significant participants – the purpose of CHeriScape conferences is for everyone to speak and listen. Not all presentations are woven around words in this conference, and there will also be a range of artwork on display and performative elements to the event. A ‘town walk’ and two excursions provide other opportunities to exchange ideas. Participants at our conferences influence the project’s ultimate results

PLENARY SESSIONS

1. ‘Looking Back from the future: the future legibility of the past’ considers ways in which we visualise and imagine how the past might look in a future landscape and how people in future might understand their pasts (including our own present day). This reflects one of CHeriScape’s key themes, heritage, but also landscape design, forward-looking perspectives on landscape/heritage interfaces, the potential plurality of future landscape. It will be introduced by a keynote by Julian Smith of the

Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape, one of the authors of UNESCO’s HUL recommendation.

2. ‘New neighbourhoods, New neighbours’ examines how we can (re)imagine landscape after major change, both material change in the environment (sea levels, climate change, urbanisation) and perceptual at socio-cultural level (eg. migration, mobility). It will also focus particularly on cultural solutions to change, especially in the context of mass migration of people form one landscape to another; heritage and landscape have their own mobility as well.

3. ‘Looking Inwards: imagined and remembered landscapes’ recognises that landscape and heritage also exist at a mental, imaginary level. Our personal landscapes and heritage may be distant in both space and in time, including imagined or wished-for future landscapes, but they are nevertheless close to the heart and mind. Themes of perception (in landscape) and of attributed value (in heritage) will be discussed, and the idea of hearing and giving attention to all voices. The session will be introduced by a keynote talk from Julie Sanders of Newcastle University.

Speakers will include:

− Landscape: traditional knowledge and contemporary innovation. Julian Smith (Canada)
− The Physical, Digital, and Creative Interpretations of Cultural Landscapes, Gabriel Caballero (Singapore)
− Map Orkney Month: collaborative cartography and the (re)imagining of landscape, Dan Lee (Scotland)
− Constructing narratives, Mark Leslie (Ireland)
− Seventeenth-century field notes: Ben Jonson’s Walk to Scotland, ‘shoeness’, and historical life-logging, Julie Sanders (UK)
− De-centering the human in landscape futures: Using the Internet of Things to increase democratic engagement with heritage, Elisa Giaccardi (Netherlands)
− Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage, Nadia Bartolini & Antony Lyons (UK) − Title pending confirmation, Bill Herbert (UK)

4. Closing Session, Thursday PM: Final (plenary) discussions, summary and CHeriScape project overview / prospective

FORMAL INTERACTIONS

Poster presentations with Interactive Discussion
Two structured non-plenary Discussion Sessions
One closing plenary discussion

INFORMAL INTERACTIONS

Town Walk: Newcastle Foodscapes (Led by Maggie Roe & Ingrid Sarlov-Herlin)
Opportunities to see art displays
Reception, at the Great Northern Museum (Tuesday evening)
City historical walk,
Conference Dinner (St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead)
Tyne excursions, Thursday 16th – ‘Upstream’: Hadrian’s Wall (Jim Crow), University of Edinburgh or ‘Downstream’: Dunstan Staiths to Jarrow (Sam Turner and Ian Thompson)

PERFORMANCE AND EXHIBITION

Richard Skelton’s landscape-inspired music, presented by Martyn Hudson (Newcastle University)
Sally Stenton, Seahenge
Antony Lyons, Environmental artist
Dan Lee (University of the Highlands and Islands), Archaeologists in residence Gerry Gilvary (ITT Dublin), The Writing on the Wall
Leah Fusco (University for the Creative Arts), Northeye: past, present and anticipated narratives of a deserted medieval village.
Nicholas Marine (Madrid Politechnic), Mapping place: towards a meaningless representation of landscape.
Brian Moss (Newcastle University), Exploring movement and meaning-making with Mobile Digital Interpretations (MDIs)
Ewan Allison (Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership; Landscape & Arts Network)
Ian Thompson (Newcastle University), photographs
John Angus – “Landed (Freeman’s Wood)”, http://www.storeyg2.org.uk

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