Expanded City Perspectives: A starting point

May 2017  Lauren Velvick reports on an artists’ meeting for The Expanded City project. Having previously considered the city specifically in terms of its edges and boundaries, for the forthcoming critical exploration of Preston’s ongoing development, In Certain Places has proposed connection as the kernel around which this year’s programme will develop. For the participating artists, connection [...]


Amplifying civic space in Preston: The Flag Market

Research student Stephanie Cottle reflects on In Certain Places' work in Preston's Market Square. When Appearing Rooms (2006) by Dutch artist Jeppe Hein was installed by In Certain Places at Preston’s Flag Market the work provided the initial splash of imagination to what had been a long overlooked site. Once a space only used to ‘pass through’ [...]


Expanded City Perspectives: Artist Olivia Keith

October 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick discusses Olivia Keith's research for The Expanded City project. There are elements of Olivia Keith's work for The Expanded City that are familiar within socially engaged practices, such as using the unwritten knowledge and experience of local inhabitants to informally map an area. Keith has developed a way of recording this information, [...]


Expanded City Perspectives: Artist Gavin Renshaw

September 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick discusses Gavin Renshaw's research for The Expanded City project. At first glance, Gavin Renshaw's contribution to The Expanded City is the one that seems to most directly, and pragmatically relate to the potential for new infrastructure. Renshaw has a longstanding interest in cross-country cycling, using this as a tool within his art [...]


The Expanded City Symposium, June 2016

June 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick reflects upon The Expanded City symposium. As a public introduction to The Expanded City project, a symposium held on June 16 2016 reflected the research concerns of In Certain Places and the commissioned artists through the structure of the event, as well as the content. As we have found through conducting site [...]


The Expanded City. Roman Way, Rough Hey, Red Scar: Ruins in Reverse

May 2016 Artist Lauren Velvick talks about her research for The Expanded City project. Maps of the outskirts of Preston, and many similar towns I’m sure, exhibit little in the way of landmarks to latch on to when planning a site visit. Main roads criss cross areas designated for new construction, and lacking a reason that has [...]


The Expanded City: Initial Artists’ Meeting

March 2016 Lauren Velvick introduces The Expanded City project. How to encompass a city, and which boundary line, image, or description is the truest? These have emerged as pertinent questions during an initial meeting between the four artists who have been commissioned for The Expanded City. Over the coming months Gavin Renshaw, Olivia Keith, and Ian Nesbitt [...]


Imagining wetlands: geography between wet and dry

July 2015 Artist and UCLan Fine Art MA student, Tracy Hill reflects on her experience of the Nordic Geographers Conference in Estonia. Imagining wetlands: geography between wet and dry bought together 11 individuals from 6 countries all presenting personal interpretations of wetland research. The session organiser Franz Krause invited papers discussing how people imagine, represent, use and [...]

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