Vocal Landscapes: bodies, language and place

Detail from 'Hither and Thither' by Amelia Crouch, 2015

Wed 1st June, 2016
6pm – 8pm
Number 70, Oxford Street, Manchester
Free Click here to book a ticket

As part of the Practising Place programme, In Certain Places is proud to present an evening with artist Amelia Crouch in conversation with literary geographer Dr. David Cooper.

The event, which will take place at Number 70 in Manchester, will examine the role of language within experiences of place. Referencing locations such as the Lake District and the West Yorkshire estate of Whitley Beaumont, Cooper and Crouch will discuss how forms of language are used to govern, frame and re-inscribe particular places. Drawing on their individual research, the speakers will also consider how place writing and visual art can expose the inherent tensions and hidden voices of landscapes, by attending to the intertextuality of place.

About the speakers:

Amelia Crouch is an artist whose work plays with words as simultaneously material and symbolic signifiers. Her work is often inspired by a particular location, and projects have included using words to describe visual images, creating an artist’s book from interviews with members of the public, and mimicking the language of public signage to inform people’s encounters with a place. She is particularly interested in the interaction of visual and verbal modes of representation, linguistic ambiguity, and bodily or spatial codes, such as shaking hands or walking in the landscape.

Click here to visit Ameila’s website

David Cooper is Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focuses on literary geographies: the ways in which creative writers (primarily poets) think geographically; and how contemporary theoretical thinking on space, place and landscape can inform critical practices. Areas of interest include: post-war/contemporary British and Irish landscape writing; literary cartography and digital mapping; and the relationship between critical and creative practices. The Lake District commonly features as a testing ground for his approaches and ideas.

Click here to visit David’s research page

Practising Place is a programme of public conversations, designed to examine the relationship between art practice and place. Each event is hosted at a different venue and explores a specific aspect of place by bringing artists together with people from different backgrounds, who share a common area of interest.

‘Vocal Landscapes’ is hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University.

(Image: Detail from ‘Hither and Thither’ by Amelia Crouch, 2015)