Network Ecologies Symposium

June 4-6th 2015

The inaugural international Network Ecologies symposium of 2015 will bring together a host of diverse and inspirational speakers from across the world in an attempt to address the role that artistic producers can play in raising awareness of environmental problems within contemporary culture. This interdisciplinary symposium is therefore interested in breaking down the categorical distinctions existent between art, science and politics, in an attempt to identify novel approaches and methodologies, which have the potential to transform how environmental discourse is represented in the social imagination. Key themes of the conference include:

  • Thinking ecologically: collaboration and the importance of networks in environmentalism.
  • Artistic/creative ways of advocating public policy reform, campaigning for degrowth or addressing the post-carbon economy.
  • The scientist as activist: D.I.Y. Bio, Bio-Hacking or historic examples of environmental scientists acting as political figures i.e. Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner etc.
  • The function of photography/images in shaping environmental policy/discourse, or as ‘greenwashing’ in the corporate sector.
  • The artist as environmental activist: blurring the boundaries between art and environmental politics through activities such as détournement, hacking, subvertising, pamphleteering, self-publishing or through performativity.
  • Site specificity and the importance of locality and place in shaping the environmental imagination; conversely, global warming as a non-local phenomenon.

Conference Programme - all sessions take place in C252 unless stated otherwise

Thursday 4th June

09:00 – 09:30 Registration with Tea & Coffee

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome address: Conohar Scott/ Will Mayes

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Address 1: ‘Seeing and feeling differently? Why art matters for the environment’, Prof Jenny Pickerill, University of Sheffield

11:00 – 12:20 Panel 1: Marine (Chair: Dr Sarah Surak)
'Interactive Action: Fish and (Memory) Chips', Prof. Bob Pritchard, University of British Columbia, Canada.
‘SOUP/SHOAL’, Mandy Barker, independent artist, UK.
‘eXXpedition Atlantic 2014’, Dr Lucy Gilliam, founder and director of eXXpedition, UK and Laura Coleman, founder and director of The ONCA Trust, UK

12:20 – 13:20 Lunch

13:20 – 14:40 Panel 2: Habitation/Locality (Chair: Dr Hélène Schmutz)
‘’The Bothy Museum of Landscape Stories’, Adrian Evans, PhD candidate, University of Huddersfield, UK
‘Aesthetic concepts, metaphors and phenomenology enhancing ecology expressive of cultural values’, Naiara Valcarlos, independent artist, Spain
‘Resounding Mulgrave: A Case Study in Composing Place’, Dr.Rob Mackay, Dr John Wedgewood Clarke, Tariq Emam, University of Hull, UK.

14:40 – 14:50 Break

14:50 – 16:30 Panel 3: Networks (Chair: Prof Jenny Pickerill)
‘The Art of Nature Initiative and Network’, Dr Judy Ling Wong CBE, UNESCO, UK.
‘The Art of Maintaining a Radical Voice: The Art and Environment Network (AEN)’, Dr. David Haley, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
‘Public Art and Science Reasoning: New Knowledge Organization Ltd’, Dr Fiona McDonald, New York, USA.
‘Art, Activism and Environmental Justice: Inter-scalar negotiations of the Bhopal Disaster’, Dr Pawas Bisht, Keele University, UK.

19:40-20:00 ‘Research as a Power Tool: Tracking our Nuclear Legacy’, Prof Eve Andree Laramee, Pace University, New York, This presentation will take place in PS1

20:00 – 21:00 Film screening: ‘Heavy Water’ (Chernobyl) with Mario Petrucci, followed by a quick Q+A
Chair: Dr Conohar Scott. This presentation will take place in PS1.

Friday 5th June

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote Address 2: ‘Poetry and Film: the potential for “media amplification” of minority art forms to establish eco-contact with a wider public’, Dr. Mario Petrucci, Poet

10:30 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 12:00 Panel 4: Text (Chair: Dr Judy Ling Wong)
Measuring Evidence: A Poet in the Lab and in the Field’, Dr. John Wedgewood Clarke, University of Hull, UK
‘Is Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” an Early Form of Posthumanism?’ Dr Hélène Schmutz, Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France
‘”Over. The American Landscape at the Tipping Point” Alex MacLean’s photobook dealing with climate change and environmental problems’, Inga Remmers,
PhD candidate, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:20 Panel 5: Climate/Flux (Chair: Dr. Emeline Eudes)
Exhibit: ‘The Apocalypse Project: Future Cities under Climate Change’, eco-fashion and perfume by Catherine Sarah Young, independent artist, Philippines.
‘Journey into Fragility’, Maria Rebecca Ballestra, independent artist, Monaco.
‘The Metabolic Landscape’, Gina Glover, independent artist & Photofusion, UK

14:20 – 14:40 Break

14:40 – 16:00 Panel 6: Acoustics (Chair: Prof. Bob Pritchard)
‘Eco-Acoustics’, Jono Gilmurray, PhD candidate, University of the Arts, London
‘Networking the Live Audio Archive’, Soundcamp Collective, (Grant Smith, Dawn Scarfe & Maria Papadomanolaki), London, UK
‘An Update on the Yorkshire Soundscape Project’, Tariq Emam, PhD candidate, University of Hull, UK

20:15: Conference Dinner in Pomodoro Restaurant, Scarborough

Saturday 6th June

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote address 3: ‘Ecological Irresponsibility – Or why we are all invited to Redesign the “Distribution of the Sensible’, Dr Emeline Eudes, LADYSS-CNRS, Paris

10:00 – 10:10 Break

10:10 – 11:30 Panel 7: Performance (Chair: Dr. Fiona McDonald)
‘Dance and Political Ecology’, Dr Joanne Clavel, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris.
‘Towards an Ecological Performance Aesthetic’, Lisa Woynarski, PhD candidate, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.
‘Activity or Activism? – “Becoming Intimate” with Non-native Animals in Performance Art’, Mariel Jana Supka, PhD Candidate, University of Roehampton, UK.

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 14:10 Panel 8: Material Forms (Chair: Dr Pawas Bisht)
‘In conversation with the Black Stuff’, Rachel Louise Bailey, independent artist, UK/France
‘The River Wear’, Dr. Miguel Santos, Leverhulme Artist in Residency, University of Durham, UK
‘Garbage as Art: Aestheticized domination or emancipatory potential?’, Dr. Sarah Surak, Salisbury University, Maryland, USA.
‘Water issues in Chile: how does a dry river sound?’ Dr Nelida Pohl & Ignacio Nieto, University of Chile, Santiago, Marcelo Velasco, independent artist, Santiago, Chile.

14:10 – 14:30 Closing Remarks: Conohar Scott


Dr Conohar Scott, Leverhulme Artist in Residence, University of Hull 2014-15. Founder of the artists’ collective Environmental Resistance. Dr. Will Mayes Director of Centre of Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of Hull.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
CEMS, University of Hull Scarborough Campus, Filey Road, Scarborough, NorthYorkshire, England, YO11 3AZ