‘Placing art at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’: Art and the production of geographical knowledge.

by Dr Harriet Hawkins AHRC Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Exeter

‘A combination of the artist and the man of science is rare’ wrote Sir Arthur Shipley F.R.S. of the explorer Dr Edward Wilson, a talented artist and scientist, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition. However, as Shipley goes onto acknowledge, the combination is maybe ‘not as rare as one is apt to think’. Wilson, a skilled scientist and accomplished artist, who made studies of the work of John Ruskin and J.W.M. Turner, was one of a number of ‘travelling artists’ who accompanied explorers, as well as other seaman, surveyors and geographers who developed their own artistic practices of varying kinds. Continue reading

Interview about the Yes Yes Y’All project by curator Adelaide Bannerman

1. To some degree your recent work [or activities] has involved the participation of an [un] specified public, of which I’d like to open the opportunity to you to select and recount the experiences of those particular works.
I felt privileged that my collaboration with the Pestalozzi students blossomed into three separate art pieces. “The Knowledge – ‘Land of Achievement’ ‘Land of Happiness’ and ‘Land of Wisdom’ ” was the key piece I initially submitted to bridge the geographical and mental gap between Hastings people and the Pestalozzi scholars. Based on the Proust Questionnaire, I used replies to the questions “What is your greatest achievement?”, “What is your idea of perfect happiness?” and “What is your most important life lesson?” to create maps, anecdotal maps [a concept I had already developed in a London-based project]. Continue reading

Blind Memories at 198 gallery essay

Agnes Poitevin-Navarre: Colour-Coding Series: ‘The Age of Innocence’ and ‘Here & Now’

This series of eight-colour prints can be interpreted and contextualised within the tradition of naming and representing métisse (mixed race) individuals, a model anchored in the slave trade terminology and iconography as exemplified by the castas paintings of the 18th century and the idea of the ‘color line’ identified by W.E.B DuBois(1). This practice can be found in Africa (with the example of the Signares, a group of socially elevated mixed-race women, born after the union of Portuguese traders with Serere women from Rufisco in the XVII century), in the United States (with the theme of the ‘Tragic Mulatto’ and the notion of ‘passing’ emerging in literature(2)), in the Caribbean and South America (where ‘The White Negress’ embodied a taboo subject (3) and racial taxonomy that justified and reinforced the power structure of a hierarchical society). On this global stage, the term “miscegenation” called into question the rigid race classification that slavery justified; yet it articulated the “one drop of blood” rule and the concept of racial purity. Continue reading

Exhibition time!

Exhibition time! ‘Mind the Map’ exhibition (that features http://dhuhealthcare.com/accutane-isotretinoin/ maps inspired by art, design and cartography) is now open to the public from 18th May until 28th October at the London Transport Museum, in Covent Garden, WC2E 7BB.

London Transport and Tag Fine Arts organised an event, ‘Museum at Night: Maps Unleashed’ on the evening of Friday 18th, from 19pm until 22pm, with workshop, cocktail bar, DJ.
The tickets were £8 (£6 concessions)

Another event to thank the participants is currently being drafted.


Agnes Poitevin-navarre Unedited part one

Artist Agnes Poitevin-navarre http://www.iveamobility.com/soma500mg/ interviewed by curator Michelle Brown about her latest version of her Proustian Map

Thank you Londoners for your participation!

Thank you Londoners for your participation! More than 550 responses have now been recorded on the latest version of the Proustian Map covering all 33 boroughs of London.
The curator Michelle Brown came for a studio visit a few weeks ago and recorded this candid series of interviews that can now been seen on YouTube. http://youtu.be/Tx_QiPAB79s

“The Land of Hopeful Commuters”, the latest version of the Proustian Map series has been commissioned by London Transport Museum and will be displayed at the Museum from 18th May until 28th October 2012.