Lines of Flight: Finding your voice in activist & performative research

 Please find attached the poster for the next Lines of Flight session on Thursday 21st November, 11am-4pm Room 16.03
This session will explore how researchers across a number of disciplines write about and position their work on cities, space and landscapes. The morning talks will be followed by an afternoon exploring writing in research. 
LoF poster
Lucy Livingstone is a visual artist working across video, photography and performance, currently undertaking a practice-led PhD in Visual Art at Northumbria University.  Through immersive walks through sites she seeks out the narratives that shape space, using performance, video and photographic strategies to create a unique response to each site and looking for the tension when histories clash and collide.  Each work aims to illuminate and question the narratives that exist within the space. Her research has taken place in various places including Teeside, the East End of Glasgow and in the American Desert on a derelict WW2 airbase.
Dr Sophie Handler‘s research explores the spatial dimensions of ageing through practice-based works in the public realm. She has written The Fluid Pavement a semi-fictional story about older people’s particular experience of public space and is now working on the real-time implementation of one the fantasies contained within it. Trained in architectural theory, Sophie has taught and applied theory and research through work with muf architecture/art and AAA (Paris).
Dr David Forrest is lecturer in Film Studies in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on issues of place and identity in British realist cinema and television drama, and his latest book is entitled Social Realism: Art, Nationhood and Politics. David also co-leads the Storying Sheffield project with Professor Brendan Stone.
To get an idea of numbers please RSVP to Julia Udall or Carl Fraser if you wish to attend.

Talk: Images as Solidarity

A talk and discussion with Yutaka Sho, 14th March 2012, 6pm

The Well, Floor 16, The Arts Tower

Yutaka is the founder of General Architecture Collaborative, a US-based design and advocacy firm that works with non-profit, municipal and academic partners. In Rwanda GAC is building a village and an accompanying community center for an association of widows of the 1994 genocide. She has researched and practiced in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Turkey, Uganda and Japan. Currently Yutaka is an assistant professor of architecture at Syracuse University. She received master’s degree in architecture from Graduate School of Design at Harvard upon completing her thesis to design a network of public spaces for women in an informal settlement in Izmir, Turkey.

Seminar 18: A Feminist Project of Belonging for the Anthropocene

An open seminar with Katherine Gibson

10.30-12.00 15th February 2012
room 16.03,  Arts Tower, University of Sheffield

We are pleased to be discussing J.K Gibson-Graham’s paper,  ‘A FeministProject of Belonging for the Anthropocene.’

Following their critiques of ‘capitalocentrism’ and their search for plural, place-based economic alternatives,  Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham turn their attention to the ‘more-than-human’ in regional development.  They ask, “can we imagine regional social economies, connected to ecologies, to country, to place? Can we begin to see regional development as creating ethical connections between species and all sorts of life forms?”
Their paper is  available:

Images are taken from one of their case studies, the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry. Stills from the introductory Video taken from:

Seminar 17: Politics of the Gesture

An open seminar with Andreas Lang of Public Works.

12th May 2011, 13h00.  Seminar Room 3, School of Architecture, Crookesmoor Building.

We invite Andreas to reflect on his practice, public works, and to consider with us their work in terms of gestures.  We would like to think about how gestures may constitute a form of action or practice, seemingly peripheral but vital to the affective dimension of the work.

The Politics of The Gesture Transcription

Seminar 16 : Creative Uses of Derelict Urban Land

with Kerry Morrison

Wednesday 6th April, 3pm
Seminar Rm 1, Crookesmoor Building, University of Sheffield

*** All Welcome ***


Kerry Morrison is a PhD research student at Salford University and has 18 years of professional experience as an environmental artist. She works within the public realm creating temporary and permanent landscape interventions and happenings in response to environmental issues within a given locale.

Over recent years she has developed a transdisciplinary practice to design and deliver projects that challenge preconceptions of what designated green infrastructures in urban areas should look like and contain. Since 2006 she has been investigating Brownfield sites and the importance of biodiverse Brownfields for the health and well being of people and wildlife. Working in and with communities, and in and with land, she has developed a dialogic practice that encourages community participation and removes didactic approaches. Over the course of this work she has begun to developed ideas for a site evaluation tool for derelict land and Brownfield sites in urban areas. The tool will highlight
site-specific and location-specific issues and concerns in order to identify opportunities for ethical interim treatment that is of benefit to nearby communities and ecosystem services.