Tue 5 Mar

Tue Workshop #1
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
A workshop in landscape and visual practice with Carol Mancke, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Kingston University

For many years, I have been interested in the Japanese concept of genfukei 「原風景」 which might be translated as ‘original landscape’. I think of it as the landscape that has shaped us as individuals -that we carry in our heads and that may influence the way we structure our thoughts. This workshop will question the familiar and known landscape we operate in. Consisting of three parts, The first section will involve using drawing practice within the venue space itself. We will then use the drawings created as a way of opening up a discussion about what the uncanny in landscape might mean. I want to use this drawing exercise to look at what a sense of the original and familiar in landscape might be and how we might attempt to visually represent it.

The second part of the session will involve exploratory and recording work of the neighbourhood surrounding the venue, using photography and sketching to engage with the uncanny aspects of this space. Finally, we will ‘curate’ a small exhibition of the work that has been produced during the workshop.

Carol Mancke is an architect, artist and educator with more than 30 years professional experience in the US, UK and Japan. Carol is a chartered British architect and is also licensed in the US and Japan. She has worked at a number of architecture practices in London, San Francisco and Tokyo and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the Nagaoka Institute of Design. She currently lectures in Architecture at Kingston University London.

Through her individual and collaborative work, Carol seeks to create enjoyable, thought-provoking situations and places through architecture and art. Her practice engages different time frames – ephemeral, temporary and permanent – and ranges from sculpture and installations that employ relational art strategies, through to architecture and interior design.Carol’s architecture projects have been featured in the Japanese publications Comfort, Shin Kenchiku, Nikkei Architecture, Kenchiku Bunka and others. Her art work has featured in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Britain, Japan and Australia.

Tue Workshop #2
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Art and Walking workshop led by Aileen Harvey, Artist.

Art and literature both often use walking as a receptive state, ideal for absorbing a sense of place and for following a flow of thoughts and interconnections. In films and string sculptures by Francis Alys, prints on fabric by Helen Mirra, or photographs and texts by Richard Long, we find some of the possibilities of walking: it places the artist in a particular kind of rhythmic contact with the landscape; it induces reverie; and it can open the walker to a place’s associations and affinities, its politics, botany, cultural history and personal narratives.

In this workshop we will look at artistic precedents and contemporary strategies for recording the experience had walking in a landscape. We’ll confer on which of these approaches might work for our own engagement with this particular part of north London, within our shared interest in the uncanny in landscape, and will plan accordingly. Then we’ll set out on an excursion into the local streets and towpaths, seeking their historical geography – the unfamiliar bones of the (probably at least partly familiar to some of us) city – collecting imprints, ideas, material. On our return, we’ll try out ways of distilling our individual impressions into visual works.

Aileen Harvey is an artist who works with the experience of place. She began by studying philosophy, then, after a Cambridge MPhil and a career in academic publishing, she did a BA in sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art. From her studio in Kentish Town, she makes sets of drawings, photographs or objects which look for a balance between subjectivity and a sense of the wider physical landscape. Her work has been exhibited in London, Stornoway and Geneva. She also still edits philosophy articles.

Thur 7 Mar

Thur Workshop #1
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Seeing Double: Writing Doppelgängers.
Writing workshop led by Prof Tim Cresswell, Royal Holloway University of London

“Freud was drawn to the unheimlich or unsettling or uncanny, whose definition he borrowed from the philosopher Freidrich Schelling: that which “ought to have remained secret and hidden but has come to light.” Psychoanalysis itself could seem uncanny, for it bought that was repressed into the open. Yet, “When all is said and done,” wrote Freud, “the quality of uncanniness can only come from the fact of the ‘double’ being a creation dating back to a very early mental stage, long since surmounted – a stage, incidentally, at which it wore a more friendly aspect. The ‘double’ has become a thing of terror, just as, after the collapse of their religion, the gods turned into demons.”

Hillel Schwartz, The Culture of the Copy 1996, p83.

Doppelgängers turn up frequently in literature. Poe’s William Wilson meets his exact double – stabs him and finds himself bleeding. In Dostoevsky’s The Double, Golyadkin encounters an exact double around St Petersberg who appears to want to destroy his reputation. Conrad’s Secret Sharer sees a ship’s captain rescue a sailor who confesses to murder. The sailor is so like the captain that the captian cannot help but help him. Speaking of sailing, Shelly is said to have encountered his doppelganger in Italy pointing out across the Mediterranean Sea where the poet would shortly die in a sailing accident. Clearly the exact or near double – the doppelganger – is a portent of a dark side. In this workshop we will explore a piece of doppelganger literature and start to write our own version – following ourselves around an uncanny landscape.

Tim Cresswell is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London where he teaches on the innovative inter-disciplinary Creative Writing MA – Place, Writing, Environment. He is also a poet and his first collection, Soil, is being published by Penned in the Margins in July 2013.

Thur Workshop #2
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Writing workshop led by Bram Thomas Arnold, Falmouth University
Bram will introduce his particular interpretation of automatic writing to the group with a series of workshops to get you writing, building on these methods the group will then take to the streets of London before being brought back into the space to collaboratively write the city, a multiplicity of translations and adaptations, recreating versions of themselves. A journey through the streets of the endless city, the possibilities of London where hopes are raised or dashed in the blink of an eye, that perpetual hum where we all run as fast as we can, just to stay in touch.

Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist who also writes, he started with walking and kept going, into performance, drawing, installation and film. In the past he has run a library of English Literature from a gallery in New York, learned to translate Lithuanian, walked from London to Switzerland, built a shed, and laid a slab of tarmac in a forest. He studied a BA in contemporary Fine Art at the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and undertook the worlds first MA in Arts&Ecology at Dartington College of Arts in 2006, he has exhibited his work both in the UK and abroad and had his written work published in books and magazines.