AALERT is an interdisciplinary meeting aiming to foster debate and dialogue about the role of arts and the artist in landscape and environmental research today by cutting across disciplinary perspectives and professional practices. Jointly sponsored by the Valuing Nature Network and Landscape Research Group, the workshop will explore and re-consider the contribution of the arts in shaping knowledge and communicating meaning in new interdisciplinary contexts of research around landscapes, the environment and ‘valuing nature’ agendas. Situating these contributions in long established relationships between artistic, philosophical and expert practices, the event will specifically focus on exploring
- The agency of the artist: What grants the artist access to meanings that scientists cannot access or communicate? How do new interdisciplinary fora for landscape and environmental research today reinforce, elaborate or challenge prevailing norms and wisdoms, and deeper traditions, about the role and contributions of the artist in research?
- Distinguishing the arts within research: What distinguishes the contribution of the arts within interdisciplinary research in terms of advancing critical and creative research practice? How do outcomes of art-based research become credible evidence for shaping knowledges and interrogating practices around landscape and environment issues?
- Embedding the arts in research process: How should the contributions of the arts and the artist be best enabled and supported in the practical design and execution of research processes that seek to straddle and integrate knowledge, evidence and understanding across diverse disciplinary boundaries?
The outcome of the workshop will be a cutting-edge assessment of the current situation and future prospects including recommendations for future research and engagement. The event will not only offer clarity to theoretical debates on the role of arts and the artist in landscape research, but will also provide answers to vexed and longstanding questions for commissioning bodies, artists and the research community.
The event is organised by an interdisciplinary team of academics and artists namely: Dr Eirini Saratsi – University of Reading/LRG; Dr Tim Acott – University of Greenwich/WetlandLIFE project; Ewan Allinson – Landscape & Arts Network; Dr Nicola Beaumont – University of Plymouth/CoastWeb project; Prof Tim Collins – Collins and Goto studio/LRG; Dr David Edwards – Forest Research; and Dr Rob Fish – University of Kent/VNN.