‘Visualising the Home’ conference, University of Cumbria, Carlisle (13th-14th July 2017)
This research event aimed to explore the meaning of ‘home’ through photographic representation, reflecting upon these personal and private spaces in relation to familial memory, versus the public and political implications of cultural belonging and ownership. The conference organisers, Dr. Sarah Bonner and Dr. Katrin Joost selected a programme that considered a range of related topics, including notions of place and habitat, refugees and migration, loss and inheritance and memory and nostalgia.
Co-ordinators from the Family Ties Network research group, Jacqueline Butler, Rosy Martin and Sally Waterman presented their work in relation to the conference theme.
Carlisle Photo organised an accompanying exhibition in the Vallum gallery at the university, which featured photographs by Rosy Martin.
‘Photography and the Everyday’ 4th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2016), Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus (2nd-4th December 2016)
Keynote Speakers: Martha Langford, John Stezaker, Lucia Nimcova
The International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT) was created with the aim to provide an outlet for an interdisciplinary and critical theoretical exploration of photography and photographic practices. The 4th ICPT aimed to investigate the current meanings, distribution, materiality, impact, and affect of vernacular photography (or else everyday photography) in relation to our economy of images.
FTN co-ordinators, Nicky Bird and Jacqueline Butler presented papers in the ‘Artist’s Use of Everyday Found Archives: Social and Political Histories’ panel on Friday 2nd December. Nicky’s paper critically reflected on Travelling the Archive (2015-2016). Commissioned by Atlas Arts, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, this project is a collaboration between an artist, an archivist and a local history society. At its heart is a collection of 35mm Kodachrome slides taken from 1959 to 1973 by an English tourist, Joan Wilcock (1895-1994).
Jacqueline presented a paper entitled ‘Narratives from the Archive: The Mrs Day Collections’ with artist, Sylvia Waltering, who she has collaborated with since 2009. Butler and Waltering discovered a series of photographs illustrating daily activities of a housewife, called Mrs Day during the WW II in the archives of the Imperial War Museum, London. However, it is unclear as to whether Mrs Day was a real person or an actress employed by the Ministry of Information, so their work addresses the authenticity of archives and collections.
‘(Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self’ conference, University of Hull (8th-9th September 2016)
Keynote speakers: Dr Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University), Dr James Aston (University of Hull) and artist, Dawn Woolley
FTN co-ordinator, Sally Waterman delivered a paper entitled ‘Interpreting The Waste Land: Literary Fragmentations and the Disembodied Self’ at thisinterdisciplinary conference at the University of Hull. She discussed her ‘Waste Land’ project, which dealt with memories of parental divorce, in terms of the relationship between her fragmentary interpretive method, her elusive self-portraits and the modernist influence of Eliot’s poem.
‘Photographic Agencies and Materialities’ Helsinki Photomedia 2016, Aalto University, Finland 30th March-1st April 2016
Keynote speakers: Geoffrey Batchen (NZ), Annika von Hausswolff (SE), Liz Wells (UK)
FTN co-ordinator, Jacqueline Butler presented a paper entitled ‘The Solidness of the Fleeting and Momentary’ at this third international annual conference. Based on her current PhD research at Glasgow school of Art, Butler evaluates the tangibility of the photograph in the period defined as “late-photography”[Batchen], exploring themes associated with analogue photography, loss and melancholia. By developing artefacts and writing that consolidate old and new photographic technologies with pre-photography materiality and intellectual thinking, her objective is to demonstrate photography’s continuing object-ness, and activate a seamless connection between sight and touch in relation to the photograph.
‘Sixth International Conference on The Image’, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA 29th-30th October 2015
Keynote speakers: Wendy Chun (Brown University, Providence, USA), Jesse Drew (University of California at Davis, Davis, USA)
FTN co-ordinator, Jacqueline Butler presented two papers at this year’s conference, titled, ‘Media Materiality: Towards Critical Economies of “New” Media’. She was part of the Archive and Collections panel on Thursday 29th October, presenting with MMU colleague, Sylvia Waltering, focusing on the power of imagination of photographic archives through an exploration of their arts project, The Mrs Day Collections. Jacqueline presented another paper entitled ‘Recalling Touch: In and Out of Focus’ on Friday 30th October, which acted as a visualiser of memories and experiences a relationship between a mother and daughter, woman to woman, considering legacy and inheritance.
‘Performing Place 3’, University of Chichester 19th-20th June 2015
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dee Heddon (University Of Glasgow) Prof. Jane Rendell (UCL, Bartlett School) . Co-convened by Dr Vicky Hunter and Dr Andrew Wilford
FTN co-ordinator, Dr. Suze Adams presented a paper entitled ‘Somewhere, Nowhere, Everywhere’ with Dr. Vicky Hunter (University Of Chichester) and Dr. Melanie Kloetzel (University Of Calgary) at this conference. Performing Place 3 explored notions of space, place and performativity informed by interdisciplinary dialogues that draw on articulations of place-based arts practice, human geography, social science and discourses of health/well-being. The symposium aimed to stimulate a sharing of knowledge and exchanges through research in an informal, playful and participatory manner. For this final symposium in the University of Chichester’s series of investigations into performing place, space and site, the conference panels addressed the following themes: Site and embodiment; Domestic Performance; Not taking place and ‘non-spaces’
‘Archives of/For the Future’, 9th Annual NECS conference, Lodz, Poland 18-20th June 2015
Keynote speakers: Giovanna Fossati (EYE Film Institute Netherlands), Oliver Grau (Danube University in Krems, Marysia Lewandowska (Artist in Residence at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong), Krzysztof Wodiczko (Harvard Graduate School of Design)
FTN coordinator Lizzie Thynne presented a paper at this conference which deliberated on various aesthetic, philosophical, social, technological, methodological and practical aspects of archives in the era of digitalisation and how it has strongly influenced modes of academic work and cultural activities.
‘Rethinking Early Photography’, University of Lincoln 16-17th June 2015
FTN co-ordinator, Jacqueline Butler participated in this multidisciplinary conference which explored issues such as early photographic ‘authorship’, traditional technological narratives, and the ideologies of photographic realism.
Professor Kate Flint (University of Southern California)
Professor Lindsay Smith (The Sussex Centre for the Visual, University of Sussex)
Dr. Kelley Wilder (Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University)
Professor Larry Schaaf (Director of the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)
’21st Century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique’, Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London, 5th-6th June 2015
This trans-disciplinary conference aimed to explore a series of themes that emerge from the understanding of contemporary photography as the basic unit of visual communication of the age of technology: online, off-line and between the lines. ’21st century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique’ sought to address the re-birth of photography from a diversity of visual narratives and from the strange roles images get to perform in the digital moment. FTN co-ordinator, Jacqueline Butler presented her paper ‘On White Island Kvitøya: The Horizon Flux’ in Session B – The Latent Image on Saturday 6th June.
Prof. Johnny Golding, Professor of Philosophy and Fine Art, Director of Centre for Fine Art Research, BCU
Prof. John Roberts, Professor of Art and Aesthetics, University of Wolverhampton.
‘Ethics of Storytelling: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature, Media and Visual Arts’, University of Turku, Finland 4th-6th June 2015
Keynote speakers: Molly Andrews (University of East London), Aleida Assmann (Universität Konstanz), Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Louie Palu (Documentary Photographer), Anna Reading (King’s College London), Ernst van Alphen (Leiden University)
FTN coordinator Lizzie Thynne presented a paper and screened her film ‘On the border’ at this conference which explored the ethics of storytelling in relation to the ways in which the contemporary arts work with historical imagination, investigating diverse ways of coming to terms with traumatic historical experiences, including war and political conflicts, and the intersecting histories of violence linked to colonialism and migration.
‘Motherhood and Creative Practice’, London South Bank University 1st & 2nd June 2015
Keynote Speakers: Griselda Pollock, Bracha Ettinger, Faith Wilding and Irina Aristarkhova
FTN coordinators Rosy Martin and Lizzie Thynne both presented at this interdisciplinary conference that addressed ongoing debates about hospitality, solidarity and encounter as concepts in creative practice, and how they relate to contemporary issues of mothering.
Panel 4: Troubling the Maternal Ideal – Lizzie Thynne (Monday 1st June)
Panel 16: Death and Reflection – Rosy Martin (Tuesday 2nd June)
The conference also encompassed the exhibition “Alternative Maternals” curated by Laura Gonzalez, a curated performance section led by Faith Wilding’s performative reading of her memoirs, and a post-graduate discussion room. This conference aimed to reflect on theoretical, methodological and artistic work that may throw light on motherhood and creative practice. This conference was supported by the Center for Media and Culture Research and the School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University.
‘Hags Unlimited, Damsels Undistressed: Taking Photographs and Liberties in 1970s and 80s Britain’, Swedenborg Society, London, 15th May 2015 (1-5pm)
Inspired by the energy of the Women’s Liberation Movement, women in photography in 1970s and ‘80s Britain sought to make their place both within and beyond the established gallery system. Their work challenged stereotypical depictions of women as homemakers and consumers being put forward in advertising, newspapers and magazines at the time. This event brought together research being carried out on this period and key photographers including FTN co-ordinator Rosy Martin, Jo Spence’s experimental work as a portrait photographer in her high-street studio, the Greenham Common women who confounded picture editors by being ‘at protest’ and ‘in peace’, and gender and Cockpit Arts.
Convened by Sara Davidmann, Patrizia di Bello and Noni Stacey.
‘Autobiographical Performances of Memory’, University of Sussex, 28th January 2015 (4:00-5.30pm) http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/seminarseries/archive/springsummer2015/autobiographicalperformances A joint Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies and Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research event. This three-part talk looked at performances of memory in film, writing and oral history. The event examined the ways in which the narration of personal memory reveals aspects of gendered social and cultural histories from the post-war period to the UK women’s movement of the 1970s and 1980s, focusing on how subjectivity is formed and performed through the construction of narratives of family history. Material explored included ‘Stories We Tell’ (Polley, 2012) ‘Clothes Pegs’, (Thomas, forthcoming) (an autobiographical text on class and identity as recalled through clothes) and interviews from ‘Sisterhood and After: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project’ (a major oral history project led by Margaretta Jolly, archived at the British Library). Presenters: Lyn Thomas (Sussex University), ‘Material Memories: Writing Class Migrant Identity and White Femininity’ Lizzie Thynne (Sussex University), ‘Unravelling Family Fictions’ Margaretta Jolly (Sussex University), ‘The Sound of Feminist Memory – Sisterhood and After, The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project’
MeCCSA conference 2015, Northumbria University 7th-9th January 2015 https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/events/2015/01/meccsa-2015/ Lizzie Thynne presented a paper entitled ‘Unravelling Family Fictions’ at the Media and Cultural Studies Association conference, looking at changing identifications with the mother in the films ‘Stories We Tell’ (Sarah Polley, Canada, 2012) and ‘Daughter Rite’ (Michelle Citron,1978). The conference theme was ‘Generations’, offering participants the opportunity to reflect upon historical and contemporary shifts in academic environments, theories, research approaches and trends, professional practice and the various ways in which the concept of generation/s informs diverse media and communication genres. Plenary speakers included Professor Karen Boyle, Dr Ian Brown, Professor Bob Franklin, Dr Paulo Gerbaudo, Dr Donna Leishman, Professor Dafna Lemish, Professor Lynn Segal and Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido.
‘Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory’ conference Birkbeck, University of London, 10th and 11th July 2014
All FTN co-ordinators presented papers at this international two-day conference, which featured keynote speakers, Professor Martha Langford (Concordia University, Montreal) and Professor Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary University, London). The six artist members work was included in the associated group exhibition, ‘Family Ties: Reframing Memory’ in the Peltz Gallery (3rd-25th July 2014). http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/about-us/events/about-us/events/bbk-local?uid=c964b31599eee0916c4f9079fb91ea8f This conference explored how concepts of family have been acted out, reinvented, or deconstructed, through various media including the visual arts, literature, and museum exhibitions, across the centuries. The conference looked at the significance of the family picture in literary works or films and considered alternative concepts of family and kinship as pictured in paintings, photographs, graphic novels, and other visual media.
Key questions included: what are the changing conventions of the family picture and how do they reflect the changing conceptions of the institution of the family? Who is the addressee of the family portrait? How do family narratives and family pictures inform each other? What is the role of family pictures in individual and cultural memory? Is the family a privileged site of memorial transmission (Aleida Assmann, Marianne Hirsch)? Has it become the central trope through which national history is framed? What role do family pictures play within other cultural forms, e.g. in literature or film? Can other cultural forms offer alternatives to the kinds of family portrait we associate with photography? This event was organised by members of Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community and of the Department of European Cultures and Languages, Dr. Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dr. Joanne Leal, and Dr. Nathalie Wourm with the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck.
‘The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie?’ National Portrait Gallery, 16 January 2014
This event explored self-portraiture as a memory-making process and integrated it within the framework of the psychological theories of the metaphysics of personal identity. It will look at the way in which the self and self-perception can be constructed or altered through the use of the photographic ‘Selfie’. Rosy Martin gave a presentation on her re-enactment phototherapy practice, alongside James Kilner, (Senior Lecturer in Human Motor Neurosciences, University College London), Dr Eugenie Shinkle, (Senior Lecturer in Photographic Theory and Criticism at The University of Westminster) and Paul Snowdon, (Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic, University College London). The panel was chaired by Annebella Pollen, (Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, Director of Historical and Critical studies for the Faculty of Art at University of Brighton) and featured work by emerging photographers. http://www.studiostrike.com/selfieevent/ You can view Rosy’s talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hj86O112pA
‘Nostalgias: Visualising Longing’ Conference Winter Gardens, Margate, UK, 9-10th November 2013 This conference, organised by Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of the Arts London Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the London College of Communication (PARC) examined the complexities of nostalgia and nostalgic sensibilities within art, media and material culture. Papers were presented by FTN co-ordinators Jacqueline Butler (‘Wonderlands’) and Rosy Martin (‘Be/Longing and the Ambivalence of Home’). The associated group exhibition held at the Pie Factory, Margate (1st-14th November 2013) featured work by Jacqueline and Nicky Bird. http://www.nostalgias.info
‘Lessons in Geography’ Conference MAC (Midland Arts Centre), Birmingham, UK, 8-9th November 2013 http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/lessons-in-geography-conference
Jacqueline Butler presented a paper entitled, ‘Sea, Water, Ice: The Precarious Act of Looking’ at this conference, hosted by MAC, in association with the University of Derby. The event set out to explore how our histories shape our perspective of a particular place, be that real, metaphorical or imagined. Keynote speakers included Tom Hunter, internationally acclaimed artist and Carol Mavor, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester.
Annual UAAC-AAUC Conference Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, 17th-20th October 2013 http://www.uaac-aauc.com/en/conference Nicky Bird presented a paper entitled ‘Returning to Sites of Erased Homes’ in ‘The Place of Memory’ session on Saturday 19th October at this annual art history conference.
‘The Public Image’, International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference 2013 CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, 8th-10th July 2013 http://visualsociology.org/conference/2013-ivsa-conference/2013-ivsa-conference-intro Rosy Martin presented a paper entitled ‘Outrageous Performativity as a Disruptive Strategy’, as part of the ‘Questioning the Visual Itself: Ethics, Beauty, Attractiveness and Difference’ panel. http://www.varchive.org.uk/outrageous/
‘4th International Conference of Emotional Geographies’ University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1st-3rd July 2013 http://www.rug.nl/research/ursi/events/emospa/special-sessions Suze Adams presented her film Communion as part of a special session with Victoria Hunter (Lecturer in Dance at the University of Chichester, U.K), on Wednesday 3rd July, entitled ‘Dwelling on the Shoreline’.
‘Remembering, Forgetting, Imagining: The Practices of Memory’ Graduate English Association Conference, Fordham University, New York, USA, 1st-2nd March 2013 http://www.fordham.edu/academics/programs_at_fordham_/english/events/gea_conference_march_88412.asp Nicky Bird presented a paper entitled: ‘Saw This and Thought of You: Mediating Memory and Ubiquity in the Digital Age’ at this interdisciplinary conference.