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  • CFP: (Re)Visioning the Urban Imagination (London, November 28, 2014)

    London | Dates: 10 Jun – 20 Aug, 2014

    Call For Papers: (Re)Visioning the Urban Imagination London, November 28, 2014

    Deadline: Aug 20, 2014

    (Re)Visioning the Urban Imagination: The Art and Politics of Redevelopment

    Richmond, The American International University in London is pleased to invite submissions for a One-Day Conference to be held at its Kensington Campus on 28th November 2014.

    Over the last ten to fifteen years, London like most other global cities has experienced unprecedented levels of urban redevelopment.

    Urban transformations have found powerful representational form in contradictory images of gritty television and film thrillers centred on crumbling tower blocks and run-down shopping precincts, on the one hand, and those of air-brushed brochures and advertisements of regeneration projects put out by private developers, on the other.

    Underlying these images of the city is the politics of revisioning urban development, where the everyday life of inhabitants intersects the aspirations of politicians, planners, artists and activists.

    (Re)Visioning the Urban Imagination seeks to address the representations of urban redevelopment by investigating the interplay of aesthetics and politics as it concerns competing imaginations of the transforming city. It is organised around a few key questions:

    •    How do visions of redevelopment affect the socio-spatial

    restructuring of the urban landscape?

    •    How do the ways we represent and imagine the city affect the

    politics of inclusion and exclusion in urban neighbourhoods?

    •    Can the spaces of the urban, including walls, pavements, gardens,

    and trees, inspire a sense of territoriality, active citizenship or a “right to the city”?

    •    What is visual legacy of mega events, like the Olympics and the

    World Cup, and what form/s does it take?

    •    What is the nature of and ethical dimension/s of urban visual


    In seeking to create an interdisciplinary conversation on these questions, we welcome papers from emerging and established scholars, urban planners, community representatives, artists and activists on the following themes and topics:

    •    The representation of developing and developed urban space in

    film, television and the creative arts

    •    The role of the visual in the privatization of public space and


    •    The politics of public art and role of artists in regeneration

    •    Issues of cultural authenticity and the

    reproduction/representation of urban space in visual culture

    •    Strategic spatial interventions – graffiti, public art,

    performance art, Flashmobs, walking tours, demonstrations

    •    Case studies concerning visual legacy in the management of

    sustainable and inclusive urban futures

    •    Case studies of representations of urban based protests

    •    Case studies of the visual material of urban social movements

    •    Surveillance, CCTV, and policing sites in the city

    •    New Media heritage sites (such as Historypin) and their role in

    cultural sustainability of urban space

    •    The use of digital “space” by small-scale community-driven

    initiatives (blogs)

    •    Visual research methods in urban contexts and experimental visual

    research methods such as moving image, photo elicitation, and participative blogs in urban redevelopment processes

    Please send abstracts of up to 300 words for a 20-minute talk to Nicola Mann and Susan Pell at revisiontheurban@richmond.ac.uk by 20th August 2014. The organizers will announce all decisions about papers by Monday 15th September 2014.

    For further information please contact the organizers at the above email addresses. The conference is free and open to the public.

    Supported by the International Visual Arts and Culture (IVAC) and State, Power, and Globalization (SPG) research clusters at Richmond University.

  • Satellite Magazine Cities + Speaker Series

    Brooklyn | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014

    We’re back at the Way Station on Tuesday, June 10 for another night of short talks about cities, followed by live music. This month we’ll hear about:

    Kite-mappingUrban Solutions, a civic-minded group whose members hold day jobs in fields ranging from urban planning and design to law and policy, will talk about documenting Arverne East, an undeveloped parcel of land in the Rockaways, with a camera and a kite. Speakers will include Jennifer Sta. Ines, Renata Silberblatt, and Ben Rosenblatt.

    Karachi. New York-based architect Muhammad Ahmad Khan will speak about his hometown of Karachi, whose population has doubled to around 20 million over the past decade and a half. When Pakistanis from other parts of the country face floods, earthquakes, war, and unemployment, they flock to Karachi, adding to the city’s chaotic complexity.

    The Gowanus. Journalist Joseph Alexiou, who is writing a book about Brooklyn’s favorite sewage-filled Superfund site, will discuss the canal’s history and future.

    Neighborhood activism. Crown Heights resident Valerie Fleming will speak about her long experience working in her neighborhood.


    Music from Sami and Sarah.

    Entrance is free; donations (to the musicians) are suggested.

    The Way Station is located at 683 Washington Avenue (between Prospect and St. Marks) in Prospect Heights. The event will run from 7:30 to 9PM.

  • Introduction to Design Principles

    Glencoe | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014
    June 10, 2014
    7 – 9 p.m.
    Lakeside Room, Visitor Center
    Valerie Gerdes Lemme, landscape architect, ASLA
    $37 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

    This workshop introduces and reviews the landscape design process of site analysis, conceptual design, and evaluations, based on such landscape-design principles as balance, symmetry, proportion, scale, and unity. Looking at plant combinations and landscape features, you will learn about color, texture, line, form, and methods of creating garden spaces.
  • CFP: ´Wilderness´: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations

    Berlin | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014

    Call for Papers RSA Conference (Berlin, 26-28 Mar 15)

    61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Berlin, March 26-28, 2015

    Call for Papers for the sessions:

    Simone Westerman, simone.westermann@uzh.ch

    Subject: CFP: ´Wilderness´: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations

    Deadline: June 10, 2014

    This panel seeks a more subtle understanding of artistic creation in relation to landscape and wilderness depictions in Late Medieval and Early Modern art (1300-1600). As in Dante’s "Divine Comedy", where the protagonist’s miraculous journey finds a starting point in a dark, disorientating forest (selva oscura), artistic creation often commences from undefined and disharmonic matter that gives rise to and finds its form within the artistic process. Leonardo’s "macchia" (stain,

    undergrowth) is the epitome of such a concept of creation and creativity, where a metamorphic mass not only inspires the vision of “un bel paese”, but also embodies creative invention itself – the potentiality for form and content. Moving beyond the concept of wilderness as an antipode to the idea of a civilized environment, this panel welcomes contributions that investigate landscape or wilderness depictions and descriptions that invite psychological and phenomenological modes of analysis.

    We are looking for art historical as well as interdisciplinary contributions that may relate to, but can go beyond the following


    - The interrelation between landscape and human creativity might call for an ecocritical approach: How does the wilderness relate to the human and how human is wilderness (anthropomorphic, living, even fleshy)?

    - Is a depicted wilderness an atemporal place or does it constitute a concrete place and time in human history?

    - What spiritual and imaginative powers lie in forest and landscape depictions?

    - To what extent do art-theoretical works reflect contemporary and local concepts of wilderness or landscape?

    - How might notions of forests or plants from non-European countries have inspired the production and the perception of landscape painting in the Renaissance?

    - What role do the natural properties of materials, color, and texture play in furthering the significance of landscape and wilderness?

    Please send a 150-word abstract of your paper, a brief curriculum vitae and full contact information to Filine Wagner (filine.wagner@uzh.ch) and Simone Westermann (simone.westermann@uzh.ch) by Tuesday, June 10th 2014.  

  • Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) 2014

    Urbana-Champaign | Dates: 10 – 13 Jun, 2014

    The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF). SEI seeks to provide information professionals with a substantive educational and professional development opportunity focused on digital imaging, the information and experience needed to stay current in a rapidly changing field, and the opportunity to create a network of supportive colleagues.

    SEI 2014 will be held June 10-13 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. This intensive three and a half-day workshop will feature a curriculum that specifically addresses the requirements of today’s visual resources and image management professionals. Expert instructors will cover:

    • Intellectual Property Rights
    • Digital Imaging and Digital Preservation
    • Metadata and Cataloging
    • Project Management
    • Professional Growth and Development

    SEI is open to all individuals interested in visual resources and image management. New professionals, current library school students and more experienced professionals interested in updating their skill sets will benefit from SEI. Participants may include:

    • Information, Library, and Museum Professionals
    • Digital Collection Managers
    • Visual Resources Professionals
    • Art and Architecture Librarians
    • Current Graduate Students and recent graduates
    Participants in SEI 2014 will receive a Certificate of Completionfrom ARLIS/NA-VRAF, signed by the ARLIS/NA president and the VRA Foundation chair.