Liminal Landscapes: assembly, enclosure & the West Lancs coast (David Jacques in conversation with Les Roberts)

The Dionysians of West Lancs by David Jacques

The Dionysians of West Lancs by David Jacques.

11th March 2014, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

In Certain Places presented an evening with artist David Jacques, in conversation with Dr. Les Roberts, lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool. This event also premiered Jacques’ new film, The Dionysians of West Lancs. Described by the artist as ‘a phantom ride’ along the West Lancashire coast, the film weaves together historical topography, rave culture and Greek mythology to examine the age-old tension between enclosure and freedom of assembly which continues to shape this landscape.

These themes were further explored by Les Roberts, who presented his research into sites of liminality, including the treacherous terrains of the Dee Estuary and Morecambe Bay. Through conversation, Jacques and Roberts discussed the power struggles, both past and present, which define such places, and outlined a political reading of liminal landscapes.

About the speakers

David Jacques is a multi-media artist primarily involved with film. His practice engages with the subject of History, its narrative interpretations and the interplay between factual and fictional strategies of representation. His interest in deconstructing and re-apportioning the subject often results in the exploration of forgotten, marginalised and socially / politically disruptive sources. In 2010 he won the Liverpool Art Prize and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. Recent screenings of his work include; Tate Liverpool ‘Art turning Left’, 17th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA, Novi Sad Serbia, WNDX Film Festival, Winnipeg Canada 
and Sheffield Fringe at BLOC Projects Sheffield. He lives and works in Liverpool.

David Jacques on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user5423212

Les Roberts’ research interests and practice fall within the areas of urban cultural studies, cultural memory, and digital spatial humanities. His work explores the intersection between space, place, mobility, and memory with a particular focus on film and popular music cultures. He is author of Film, Mobility and Urban Space: a Cinematic Geography of Liverpool (2012), editor of Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice and Performance (2012) and co-editor of Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place (2013), Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between (2012), and The City and the Moving Image: Urban Projections (2010).

For information on research activities and publications see www.liminoids.com