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'How Near is Here? Symposium and Intensive Programme'

8 September 2014 until 12 September 2014
Edinburgh City

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‘How Near is Here? Symposium and Intensive Programme on Locality’

Symposium | Monday 8 September | 10am – 5pm | Meadowbank Sports Centre Intensive Programme | Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 September | 10am – 5pm | Collective

Alexandra Baudelot | Emma Balkind | Chloe Cooper | Julie Crawshaw | Fulya Erdemci | Janna Graham | Kate Gray | Florrie James | Charlotte Knox-Williams | Kristina Norman | Dennis McNulty | Mitch Miller | Eastern Surf | Harry Weeks | Albena Yaneva

‘How Near is Here?’ is a collective enquiry centred on locality – a complex term that may refer to geographical surroundings, the people occupying an area, or the buildings and spaces that define it. The programme brings together artists, organisations and academics working across the field of art and/in ‘the urban’, examining why locality is a contested and widespread concern. Key questions posed will be ‘What constitutes the local now?’ and ‘What role does art (and culture) play in constructing a locality?’

‘How Near is Here? Symposium’ is a chance to discuss case studies and approaches to working ‘locally’, and will include talks by Alexandra Baudelot (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers), Janna Graham (Centre for Possible Studies) and Kate Gray (Collective); a walking tour led by artist Mitch Miller; a screening of work by Dennis McNulty; and keynote lectures by anthropologist of architecture Albena Yaneva (The University of Manchester) and Fulya Erdemci (curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial).

‘How Near is Here? Intensive Programme’ offers a unique opportunity for those interested in the role of ‘site’ in art practice and ‘making the urban’ to be involved in a generative and focused study programme. Over four days, participants will take part in, trial and discuss practices that question how we live in and understand our locale. Each day will involve workshops, screenings and discussions with facilitated group readings departing from Saskia Sassen’s essay Does The City Have Speech?

Booking: Symposium only £50 / £30 (concession)
Intensive Programme, includes symposium £100 / £70 (concession)

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Concessions are available for students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of means tested benefits. A few bursary places will also be available on a first come first serve basis, please contact [email protected] for more information.



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