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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Visual Evidence: Absences, Erasures and Invisibilities in Cityscape, Landscape and Marinescape Workshop

9th March 2016, 09:30 to 14:00, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

This workshop is organized by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) and forms part of the Visual Evidence sub-theme. It is designed to bring together researchers who often work independently of one another, focusing on either cityscapes, or landscapes, or marinescapes, the latter often overlooked, as Allan Sekula has pointed out. Each of these areas, of course, is the province of a number of different disciplines, which seek to understand (and so constitute) the nature of the research object through related but often distinct practices of looking and of image-making, including mapping, photography, film-making and other forms of image capture and inscription. These practices, in effect, translate material artefacts into ‘evidence’ through processes of selection and interpretation. But how is visual evidence of the absent, the erased, the invisible and the hidden produced? How, conversely, might processes of evidence construction themselves lead to absences, erasures, invisibilities and hidden traces? What is seen and what remains unseen when different kinds of looking and image-making practices are employed? What is erased through different practices of looking? And what does it mean to render visible the invisible?

This workshop sets out to investigate these questions in relation to the North East’s industrial heritage and its energy future, foregrounding absences and presences, thematising the erasure of particular pasts, and seeking to think through connections between cityscapes, landscapes and marine-scapes. It will include presentations by academics, artists and professionals from the cultural sector.

The workshop is scheduled to take place on 08 March 2016, 2.00 – 6.00pm and 09 March 2016, 9.30am – in Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham University.

The workshop is open to all. To register, please email

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