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Topographies of the Obsolete: Site Reflections

Mydland, Anne Helen and BROWNSWORD, Neil (2015) Topographies of the Obsolete: Site Reflections. Topographies of the Obsolete, 3 . Topographies of the Obsolete Publications, Crewe, UK. ISBN 978-0-9926931-1-4

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Topographies of the Obsolete is an international artistic research project initiated by Brownsword and Bergen Academy of Art and Design, that examines Stoke-on-Trent’s post-industrial landscape and its associated socio-economic histories, industrial architecture, production remnants through a range of interdisciplinary artistic practice. The project primarily explores how ceramic and clay can be understood as both material and subject in contemporary art practice. Website: This publication edited by Brownsword and Mydland draws together a body of selected artistic reflections and methodologies of artists and their ongoing work aligned with the projects research strands.

Jan Bäcklund, ‘The Art of Fire’; Karin Blomgren, ‘Place and Space’; Andrew Brown, ‘Walking Through Post-Industry’; Chloë Brown, ‘Dancing in the Boardroom’; Neil Brownsword, ‘National Treasure’; Tim Edensor, ‘Suddenly Obsolete’; Neil Ewins, ‘Globalization and the UK Ceramics Industry (c1990-2010)’; Karen Harsbo, ‘Lunar Labour’; Gwen Heeney, ‘Shadow, Light and Reflectivity’; Traci Kelly, ‘Apertures & Architectures’; Margrethe Kolstad Brekke, ‘Topographic Watercolour’; Richard Launder and Julia Collura, ‘Glancing at Spode’; Danica Maier, ‘Foresaken Decoration’; Anne Helen, ‘Mydland Notes on Spode Works’; Sabine Popp, ‘Work Conversations Under Changing Conditions’; Toril Redalen, ‘In and Amongst the Dust’; Johan Sandborg, ‘The Random Factor of Dynamic Memory Allocation’; Erna Skúladóttir, ‘Impressions of Matter in Motion’; Anne Stinessen, ‘Interview with Spode Works’; Corrina Thornton, ‘List of Occurrences During the Making of FALSEWORK’.

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Additional Information: Topographies of the Obsolete is an artistic research project initiated by Neil Brownsword and Anne Helen Mydland at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) in collaboration with partner universities/institutions in Denmark, Germany and the UK. In 2012 the British Ceramics Biennial invited KHiB to develop a site-specific artistic response to the former Spode Factory in Stoke-on-Trent as a key element of their 2013 exhibition programme. The project explores the landscape and associated histories of post-industry, with an initial emphasis on Stoke-on-Trent, a world-renowned ceramics capital that bears evidence of fluctuations in global fortunes. The original Spode Factory, situated in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, was once a keystone of the city’s industrial heritage, which operated upon its original site for over 230 years. Amongst Spode’s contributions to ceramic history are the perfection of under-glaze blue printing and fine bone china. In 2008 Spode’s Church Street site closed, with most of its production infrastructure and contents left intact. The site and its remnants has been the point of departure for the interdisciplinary artistic research of over 50 participating artists, historians and theoreticians over six residencies. Topographies is a framework, formulating topics and research strands which are treated as questions and approaches that are addressed through artistic practice. By honing in on the particular history and the singularity of this site, Topographies questions what is, and how can ceramic and clay be understood as both material and subject in contemporary art practice. How can we perceive the material (clay/ceramics) to be or constitute a site? Moreover, how do ceramics and clay form and construct our understanding of the site? This publication is the third in a series which documents responses and reflections to the original Spode site from both artists and theorists connected to the project.
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Art and Design
Depositing User: Neil BROWNSWORD
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 09:53
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:53
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