Here in Nottingham we've got lots planned for the first quarter of 2013, including a series of public discussions at Nottingham Contemporary and a 'residency' in Sneinton Library (close to The Island wasteland site).
Talk at University of Nottingham
Our first event of the year is a talk I'm giving at the Centre of the Study of Social and Global Justice's seminar series on Monday 21st January. Entitled 'The Eastside Island: Creativity, Capital and Commons in Contemporary City Space', this will explore the work done by the project so far and explore the potential futures of the site in light of Nottingham's newly announced Creative Quarter and theories of the commons. The talk is free and open to all and will take place in A19 Trent Building on University Park (map: see here for travel info and here for bus details). NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE. NO LONGER IN HELMSLEY.
Sneinton Library Residency
Starting on the 23rd January, we'll be spending every Wednesday afternoon in Sneinton Library, which we'll use as our research base and also as a public meeting point to discuss the projet and record people's memories, experiences, hopes and fears of/for the Island site. We'll also be installing some display boards in the library to raise awareness about the project in the local community. More information on this to come shortly.
The Wasteland Conversations
The Wasteland Conversations is a series of three public discussions we've organised with Nottingham Contemporary. They revolve around themes we're interested in exploring through Wasteland Twinning and we've got a really exciting set of discussants taking part. They're all free, but follow the link above to book (though this probably won't be essential). Details about each session follows, but we hope there'll be a common theme running through each, with notions of creativity, commons, community, capital and gentrification all being considered.
Tuesday 19th February
with Alan Boldon, Elaine Speight and Ferdiansyah Thajib
A conversation critically exploring the use of art in public planning and place-making strategies, and considering alternative means by which artistic practices might respond to the specificities of place.
Alan Boldon (Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton) has, over several decades, focused consistently on interdisciplinary approaches to ecological place-shaping; he led the development of Arts and Ecology at Dartington College of Arts and has worked on place-making strategies as an RSA Fellow and consultant.
Elaine Speight is an artist, curator, and co-founder of In Certain Places with whom she has curated public artworks including Newling's Preston Market Mystery Project.
Ferdiansyah Thajib is a writer, cultural theorist and co-director of KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre who works with our 'twinned' site in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Tuesday 26th February
Utopia, community and ecology
with Lucy Sargisson and Oliver Rodker
This conversation will consider the role of the utopian imagination (including intentional communities, literature, art, architecture...) in making place; and the relationships between utopia, community and ecology.
Oliver Rodker is a founding member of the Landmatters Permaculture Community. He is currently working with the Ecological Land Co-operative and has been involved in environmental activism for the past two decades.
Lucy Sargisson is Associate Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. She has written extensively on the politics of feminism and ecology and is author of Fool's Gold, an exploration of utopianism in the twenty-first century.
Tuesday 12th March
The Common Imagination
with Hayley Newman & tbc
This conversation will approach the commons as both a form of land ownership and as a way of organising beyond capitalism.
Hayley Newman is an artist, writer, musician and performer. As the self-appointed Artist in Residence in the City of London she has recently written Common, a novella detailing collective political action and creative engagement with space.
One more discussant tbc.
These events are just the start of what will be a really busy year for us.