Workshop 4: “Sense of Place, Terschelling”

We were lucky enough for Workshop 4 to be linked to:

12th symposium Waddenacademie

 ‘Sense of Place’

Report published on 25th Sept 2014

Click on image to go to the report

wadden report

 held at Terschelling 11 & 12 June 2014.

Our workshop then contined on 13th June

The full programme with links to many of the talks in full (film and pdf) can be found here

Thee below talks and performances were network elements:

An extensive slideshow of Owain’s pictures of the three days can be seen here

Waddenmyth: a first voyage of discovery for a new Wadden language,

Gerda Holzhaus (introduction), Tsead Bruinja (poetry), Jan Klug (sonology), Bob Driessen (saxophone). Video

The role of arts practice and expression in building resilient communities in coastal areas

Gwenda van de Vaart, PhD student University of Groningen.  pdf  Video

Panel discussion about the role of arts in building resilient communities in coastal areas
Members of the panel: Owain Jones (Professor at the Bath Spa University); Simon Read (Artist); Anne Nigten (Academie Minerva Groningen); Meindert Schroor (Geographer and historian). Video

Identity,contempoary art and ecology: Iain A. Biggs, Reader in Visual Art Practice at the University of the West England.  pdf   video

Tying the threads, navigating uncertain ground; grief, loss and tidal landscapes
Davina Kirkpatrick, artist-researcher, University of West of England. pdf  video
Liminal spaces and practices of grief and consolation: Avril Maddrell: Cultural Geographer, University of West of England. pdf video
On data sonifications, a talk with illustrating examples from the Wadden Sea Area; Jan Klug and students of MINERVA Academy of Popculture. video
Day 3  (13th June)

Venue: Burgemeester Reedekerstraat 56 B, 8881 CB Terschelling West

co-hosted by the Department of Cultural Geography (University of Groningen), the University of Bath Spa, the Waddenacademie and the Knowledge Centre ‘Arts and Society’ (Art Academy Minerva, Groningen)


9.15 Welcome

Owain Jones (Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of Bath Spa, UK) and Bettina van Hoven (Associate Professor Cultural Geogrphy, University of Groningen, NL)

9.30 Introduction

Anne Nigten (Professsor Sustainability, Popculture and Innovation, Academie Minerva Groningen, NL)

9.50 Sabrina Dreaming 

Antony Lyons (Independent artist, designer and researcher, Bristol, UK)

Antony will present a reflection on his current year-long artist residency hosted by the University of Gloucestershire, titled ‘Sabrina Dreaming – Severn Estuary Tidelands’: The outline concept and contexts for this project were presented at the Emotional Geographies conference in Groningen in 2013. ‘Sabrina Dreaming’ is initiating new conversations and involvements with some of the hidden and intangible essences of this coast, especially in the context of the pressing need for anticipatory adaptation to climate-instability. It forms part of a longer term body of work – Submerged (Drowned Lands), funded by Arts Council England. Part of the residency aim is also to explore ways in which the ‘Between The Tides’ exchange/network (between the Waddensee and the Severn Estuary) may be sustained over the long term.

10.05 Submerged in Water and Time: taking the longer view in the Somerset Levels 

Antony Lyons and Steve Poole (Professor of History and Heritage, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
The ‘Between the Tides’ network visited part of the former salt-marsh lowlands of the Somerset Levels in England, in Oct 2013. In this session, Antony Lyons and Steve Poole discuss their collaborative approach to working in this landscape, using cartography, film, history and poly-vocalism to softly disrupt immediacy and open up the longer view.
The current push for cross-disciplinary responses to the problems of climate change and rising sea levels has encouraged practitioners in the arts and humanities to engage more closely with both environmental science and local communities. To some extent, this initiative is founded on a belief that data-driven and empirical warnings to local communities at risk from flooding have been only partially successful in raising awareness and acknowledging sensitivities, leaving the way open to more experimental, playful and poetic interventions.  Following extensive flooding here in early 2014, local communities are now very vocal in demanding a range of measures to alleviate flood risk – from regular dredging of rivers to the creation of a tidal barrage/ barrier/ lagoon in the estuary. These concerns have the capacity to divide communities internally but also to set up tensions between those communities and governmental/environmental organisations. In such a sensitive scenario, any intervention from the arts and humanities needs careful consideration.

10.30 Nieuw Atlantis – a new view on life at the waddencoast

Gerda Holzhaus and Bob Driessen (Nieuw Atlantis, Pingjum, NL)

Nieuw Atlantis – a new view on life at the waddencoast – organises encounters between residents in the village of Pingjum, researchers, artists and other participants, and reveals how the local community develops in relation to the landscape. One of the ways in which Nieuw Atlantis facilitates interaction is through the so-called ‘Wadatelier’. The first atelier was organised in the spring of 2014. During such a workshop, participants conduct walks en look in different ways at the landscape of the region Lytse Bouhoeke (in Friesland). During the first encounter, a group of about twenty participants comprised of farmers, residents, artists, educationists, researchers, politicians, and an architect walked in three groups through and past a variety of landscapes: a historic terp landscape, that is also the feeding ground of a variety of meadow birds; farmland, church paths and a medieval dyke, the Pingjumer Gouden Halsband. The three groups were accompanied by a local farmer, a Pingjum resident and an expert in sustainable development from Stenden University. During the walks, participants documented notable items by taking video or photographs. During the second meeting, participants exchanged stories about this landscape based on the availabe videos and photos. Then, Erik Meijles, physical geographer from the University of Groningen, elaborated on different values that had been assigned to different landscapes. In the third and final meeting, architect Nynke-Rixt Jukema collaborated with participants and attempted to make a sketch of a future landscape that incorporated the previously identified values. In this shared story, different visions of landscape were merged into a beautifully designed map. The priority in this research project was the result of the creative process that was initiated by interactions and the attractive way in which artists had visualised the shared story that had emerged.

10.50 tea/ coffee

11.20 Matter and Memory

Anna Ehmen, student Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL

Since the first Year of the studies in Fine Arts, Anna Ehmen is performing a research on a self determined field of interested, the study on ‘Synchronicity’. The subject ‘Synchronicity’ proved to be highly complex and she decided to concentrate the research on a structural equivalent, rather on a definite example, that of memory. As the French

philosopher H.Bergson defined in his book Matter and Memory, ‘memory […] is just the intersection of mind and matter’, is Anna Ehmen interested in the thin line between our mind (internal) and the material world (external). Memories are mental spaces, that are none subject by a conditional time chronicle. Rather subjected by the principle of a-causal coincidences of events that are defined by a sequence of associations, triggered by the confrontation through senses with the external world. Thereby, the theoretical research is accompanied by a physical research about ‘memory’ that is leading into performances on an artistic level. The presentation is going to show three different projects dealing with an artistic approach of the research. In the context of the artistic, rather as a physical body of the research is the role of the boat as a mental and allegorical image represented.

11.40 Sirens

Natasha Taylor, lecturer Academie Minerva, Groningen. NL

Natasha Taylor will discuss her work on ‘sirens’. Investigating the human voice as a subject linking it to signal sound electronics, I think signal sound electronics is an extension of the human voice and would like to make an audible connection during the Sense of Place presentation. The word siren has different meanings: in Greek mythology a siren is a half goddesses with the body of a bird and the head of a woman. Sirens seduced audiences with their singing. The first siren was made in 1819 and also could work under water. Maybe for that reason the word siren was given to it. Natasha asked an opera singer, Maribeth Diggle, to recreate siren sounds for an exhibition at the Fries Museum.

12.00 ‘con/CURRENT”

Presenters: Marguerite Perret (Associate Professor of Art, Washburn University, USA) and Bruce Scherting (Director of Exhibits at the Biodiversity Institute and Lecturer in the Museum Studies Program, University of Kansas, USA)

Research Projects Represented (includes contributors not present):

  • Conserving species’ ability to evolve and the role of conservation paleobiology, Michelle Casey, (Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Invertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas)
  • Finding Refuge in Refuse, Robin Lasser, (Professor of Art, San Jose State University)
  • Washed Up: From Permian Sea to Interior Port, Marguerite Perret and Bruce Scherting
  • House of Cards, Emmy Rice (Lecturer in graphic arts, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas)
  • An Amateur’s Rain Dance While Swimming, Kent T. Williams and Elizabeth Stevenson (co-directors of Splice, an architectural design and art exhibition collaboration, Wichita, Kansas.)

‘con/CURRENT’ is a collection of U.S. based research themes and artist projects that transverse east to west and lands directly in the middle of the country. Focused respectively on the oyster reefs of Long Island Sound, a man-made peninsula on the tidal plains of San Francisco Bay, and the ebb and flow of ancient seas and contemporary waterways in the Midwest, these projects examine the history of human impact on important marine estuaries, the human community of homeless settled on a coastal landfill, Permian fossil tidal basins, a modern landlocked interior port and the ebb and flow of sacred springs and contemporary waterways in drought-ridden Kansas. By exploring society’s interaction with, manipulation of and reliance on the transitional regions between sea and land, and human and feral ecologies, on the east, west and interior coasts of the United States, we discover new understandings of the fragile ecologies of coastal regions, environmental well-being, climate change, cultural histories and imperatives for social responsibility. The hybrid format of this presentation will combine image, object, video and discussion with a participatory art event.

13.00 lunch

14.00 discussion, looking forward and Owain Jones and Bettina van Hoven to close network meeting(s)

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