Creative Approaches to Geopoetics: a Virtual Conversation with Antonia Thomas & Bridie Ashrowan on Thursday 29 September at 17.00
Antonia Thomas and Bridie Ashrowan will each show us 10 images to stimulate discussion about crossing boundaries between arts and sciences, art and archaeology, urban and rural, community and private ownership of projects.
Antonia’s work over the past ten years has increasingly explored experimental and creative approaches to archaeology, and she has undertaken a number of trans-disciplinary art/archaeology collaborations and residencies. Recent projects and publications have examined subjects such as prehistoric rock art, graffiti and mark-making, marine plastic, and the politics of cultural heritage. She will discuss the necessity for inter- and trans-disciplinary work, particularly when it is practice-led and socially engaged, to respond to the complexity of the contemporary world and the unprecedented environmental and social crises we face.
Bridie successfully headed the £3.2 million capital investment programme to open the Space & Broomhouse Hub in Edinburgh by a local community development trust in an area that has some of the highest child and in-work poverty in Scotland, involving those most likely to be affected by the crises ahead, including climate change.
They will discuss the importance of working together and of a creative approach which pays attention to the world, people and places, an approach which is central to geopoetics.
Bridie and Antonia work in different disciplines, and in different parts of the country. But both share a deep interest in the arts, particularly when they are practice-led and socially-engaged, and both are passionate about the importance of social justice and change at a community level. Integral to both their approaches is a focus on the importance of inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration and dialogue to respond to the complexity of the contemporary world and the unprecedented environmental and social crises we face. After short presentations about their work and what geopoetics means to them individually, Bridie and Antonia are going to discuss their connections and how geopoetics creates a space where different disciplines can not only converge, but thrive.
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Ness of Brodgar, Orkney