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How can better knowledge of an estuarine landscape stimulate innovative thinking? This TECHNE Conflux roundtable offers a fascinating opportunity to discuss what we can learn from close observation of the ebb and flow of the Thames estuary with its complex ecology. The special attributes of an estuary can also act as metaphors for addressing the importance of an ecological approach to art-making.
The roundtable’s participants are independent art producer Ben Eastop and site-based performance artist Victoria Hunter. The roundtable asks how the daily flux of the estuary challenges us to reconsider concepts and actualities of human/environment relationships. TECHNE participants will have opportunities to contribute to the discussion from their different research backgrounds.
Convened by Dr Libby Worth
Ben Eastop is an independent art producer, artist and consultant specialising in commissioning and curating contemporary art beyond the art institution, working collaboratively with artists and others in the UK and internationally.
Through collaborative projects and his own practice he is working on a long-term enquiry into the social and political significance of the landscape and place mediated through art. He set up Difference Exchange (DE) with Tim Eastop and John Hartley, which seeks to creatively challenge orthodoxy to generate new understandings through art (www.differenceexchange.com).
DE worked with King's College London on Colm Cille's Spiral: six contemporary art and literature commissions across the UK and Ireland for Derry / Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013.
Ben has extensive experience of commissioning art in the public realm that engages with academia, science, and health. He is also a part-time Regeneration Manager for arts and education charity ACAVA, developing studios for artists and creative practitioners.
Her research is practice-based, productions include Beneath (2004) situated in the basement of the Bretton Hall mansion building, The Library Dances (2006) situated in the Leeds Central Library building, Project 3 (2007), a durational dance installation work and x3 (2010) a site-specific dance film, Bodies and Beaches for West Wittering beach on the South coast of England in June 2013.
Vicky's writing on site-dance has been published in Literary Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Performance Research, Choreographic Practices and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her edited volume Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance was published by Routledge in 2015 and she is co-author of (Re) Positioning Site-Dance (Intellect 2019) with Melanie Kloetzel (Canada) and Karen Barbour (New Zealand). Her forthcoming monograph publication Site, Dance and Body:Movement, Materials and Corporeal Engagement explores human-environment synergies through material intra-actions and is due for publication with Palgrave in early 2020.