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Topographies of the Obsolete: Exploring the Site Specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry 2012- 2017

BROWNSWORD, Neil (2012) Topographies of the Obsolete: Exploring the Site Specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry 2012- 2017. Topographies of the Obsolete, Stoke-on-Trent. (Unpublished)

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Brownsword’s artistic mediation of transitions in North Staffordshire’s ceramic’s sector informed the basis of the international artistic research project, Topographies of the Obsolete (TOTO), initiated via his professorship at Bergen Academy of Art (KHiB) with Professor Anne Helen Mydland. In partnership with six European HEI’s and the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), Brownsword instigated six site-specific residencies around the former Spode factory (2012-2015). Since its inception, fifty-eight participating artists and cultural commentators from twelve countries, have developed new insights into Stoke-on-Trent’s post-industrial landscape. Multi-media responses have re-interpreted its associated histories and post-industrial fabric, offering new perspectives into the complexities of deindustrialisation during an early phase of regional culture-led regeneration.

Interconnected strands of practice-led research have provided critical insights into the socio-economic impact of globalization upon community and place; the contemporary ruin and ruination; and the artist as post-industrial archivist/archaeologist. Through its transdisciplinary methodology, TOTO has expanded understanding as to what constitutes ‘ceramics’ in contemporary art practice, via its appropriation of an historic site of production as a ‘raw material’. It has contributed to critical insights surrounding how the role of contemporary art is negotiated in a ‘non-art’ site; how individual/collective memory constitutes place; how an archive is created, constituted and developed, and how artists create/interfere/expand the understanding of archival practice and material. Its methodology offers a model for interrogating the post-industrial site via art practice, which has been adopted by European partner institutions.

Extensive research outputs including, symposia, lectures, publications, exhibitions have been widely disseminated internationally, with contributions from esteemed interdisciplinary scholars. It has changed participant practices who have since won high-profile awards and exhibited related outputs internationally. The project has developed new models for research based teaching and larger inter-institutional and international research projects. Sustained project funding from sources including Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (2013 & 2015, total £337,761.00), rated it as ‘exemplary… strengthening artistic research and its scope beyond potential communities of practitioners/researchers’.

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Additional Information: See: 1. attached PROJECT DETAILS - for more detailed information 2. for extensive documentation of the project and its research dimensions
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Depositing User: Neil BROWNSWORD
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 10:39
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 10:39

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