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23 May - Spatial Mutuality Symposium


Spatial mobilities of people and materials are emerging as important political and cultural issues (of our time). These mobilities may be related to conflicts, urbanisation, material resource extraction and the pressure of economic inequalities of North and South (all of or in any combination of the above). The work of artists in researching and collecting narratives and accounts of migration, uncovering material processes, and charting urban change is crucial in making our world of spatial mutuality visible.

The late Doreen Massey contended that space is constructed by narrative and the unfolding of personal and community identity. She suggested work foregrounding spatiality and mobility offers new frameworks for understanding the social world and the financial and political forces that shape it. The narrative and analytical potentiality of mobility and our material environment have been particularly of interest to lens based practitioners and those working with socially engaged practice. More recent analyses have explored data and material constitution of spatiality. (cf Faizal & Weizmann 2017, Harvey 2012, Kurgan 2013, Paglen 2018) Artists have used all these approaches and more in their work.

Keynote Speakers - Christine Molloy, Desperate Optimists; Professor Alison Blunt & Olivia Sheringham; QMUL

Symposium Date: 23 May 2019, 10.00 - 7pm

UCA Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey 
(one hour from London Waterloo)

If you would like to present at this conference, please send us abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20 min presentations; biography 100 words max; and any tech requirements for the presentation, to:

Stephen Connolly -
David Rule -

Presentations to be confirmed 12 April 2019