Dear friends and colleagues, near and far
In July and August 2017, the Future Pasts research project welcomes you to an exhibition hosted by Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities.
Held at Gallery 44AD in the centre of Bath, the exhibition brings together images, music and video installations made in collaboration with people and organisations in west Namibia.
It will be a contemplative space where the themes of sustainability, identity and displacement weaving through our research are evoked in registers beyond academic critique.
We will also be hosting a virtual version of the exhibition – please come and visit! For those in Namibia, from 2018 we’ll be reconvening the exhibition in Windhoek and beyond. We hope to see you in one or more of these spaces.
Sian Sullivan; Mike Hannis; Angela Impey; Chris Low; Rick Rohde
In the image above, a Damara / ≠Nūkhoen woman walks through the landscape at Sorris-Sorris, west Namibia. Her voluminous dress echoes those worn by European
missionaries in the 1800s, signalling the complex and hybrid histories enacted in this arid African land.
Photo: Sylvia Diez, March 2016.
From a Future Pasts storytelling event held near Namibia’s highest mountain – the Brandberg or Dâures.
See project website here
Sweet Waters: June 10- 21. Short and longer creative performative walks along the River Avon between Bath and Bristol sensing legacies of slave-ownership.
Wayfaring in obscured histories, reflecting on flow, cycle and memory; alert for sounds, voices, tears, sweat and blood suspended in the water.
Opportunities to gather sound, and images, sketch, share talk and think.
Its not a history walk, we will make it what we make it. Its about us.
A few places are left on a number of these walks.The walks progressively build up to a return walk from Avonmouth on midsummer’s day, Weds 21 June. Walking all the way back to Bath up the river from dawn to dusk, walking with the tide, sharing, gathering sounds images and thoughts.
Join on foot or follow live on Viewranger or Social Hiking and Twitter @walknowlive fb@nowwearewalking
Part of the Festival of Nature, Fringe Arts Bath (embodied cartographies) and Bath Festival Fringe
Register for a walk here: http://www.walknowtracks.co.uk/register-for-a-walk.html
Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath, by Laura Denning; BSU Env Hums PhD
This exhibition brings together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. After responding to the annual call out I was selected as a Guest Curator for Fringe Arts Bath 2017. This is my second year of involvement and I was keen to return to Cleveland Pools as a venue. I was also interested in using the curatorial opportunity to explore my research interests as a PhD student at Bath Spa University, doing a practice-led degree in Environmental Humanities. All my work focuses on water and I am becoming increasingly interested in inter-species relationships in an aquatic context. So I put a call out to artists to this effect, and Primordial is the result.
Come to the Finale event with alldaybreakfast at Cleveland Pools, 1pm on Sunday June 11th.
Laura Denning (curator) thanks Bath Spa University Environmental Humanities Research Centre, and Bath Spa University Public Engagement Fund for their kind assistance. Recipient of the Bath Spa University Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship – practice-led. With many thanks to the Trustees of Cleveland pools, especially Sally and Ann, and to Arran and Scarlet at Fringe Arts Bath, and to all the artists taking part.
More info about the artists can be seen in this flyer download to see
Primordial Flyer Bath Fringe 2017
Our PhD student Richard White is leading a number of interactive walks within the Bath Fringe Festival programme.
These are part of the Sweet Waters project.
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Two of the events are:
June 10th: Bath’s Last Legal Slave Owners
A walk through the City centre stopping outside the addresses from which slave-owners claimed compensation for releasing the people they owned.
The walk ends at Beckfords Tower.
June 13th: Gathering a Virtual Cargo (1)
Sweet Waters: short and longer creative performative walks along the River Avon between Bath and Bristol sensing the legacies of slave-ownership. Wayfaring in obscured histories, reflecting on flow, cycle and memory; alert for sounds, voices, tears, sweat and blood suspended in the water.
From Keynsham to Bristol.
See more about Sweet Waters, inc other walks here
This exhibition brings together eleven Artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.
Curated by Laura Denning
Venue: FaB at Cleveland Pools, Hampton Row, BA2 6QS
Open 10am-6pm on 27/28/29 May, 4/5 and 9/10 June
and 10am-3pm on 11 June
See details here
Below is a Flickr album of Owain’s pictures of the first event including Et In Arcadia created by artist Antony Lyons
Click on image below to see the Flickr album
Wednesday 10th May
Talk by visiting scholar Dolly Jørgensen
Associate Professor, History of Environment and Technology
Luleå University of Technology
Weds May 10; 5.30 – 6.30; Newton Campus; CM.133
This talk examines a pivotal effort to reintroduce the European beaver in Europe. The earliest successful beaver reintroduction project in Europe was bringing back the beaver to Sweden in 1922. Beavers had been extinct in the country for about 50 years when a group of people interested in both natural and cultural heritage conservation worked to bring them back. In those efforts to bring back the beaver, stories were told: stories from old men from the Jämtland region who recounted stories of the great beaver trappers and the slaying of the last beavers; stories of grandmothers whose grandmothers used medicine made from beavers; stories of how the beaver once lived and died on the land. The memories of the beaver, while the stuff of legend, were integral to the decision to reintroduce it.
Dolly Jørgensen is an environmental historian with broad research interests, ranging from medieval to modern history. Her research areas have included medieval forestry and agriculture, late medieval urban sanitation, offshore oil policy, animal reintroduction, and environmentalism in science fiction. Her current research project deals with animal reintroduction, rewilding, and deextinction, which can be previewed on her project blog “The Return of Native Nordic Fauna” . She has co-edited two volumes: New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (2013) and Northscapes: History, Technology & the Making of Northern Environments (2013). She was a practicing environmental engineer before earning a PhD in history from the University of Virginia in 2008. She is currently Associate Professor of History at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, and from August 2017 will be Professor of History at University of Stavanger.
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