Visual In-Sights, 2014, aims to bring together a group of scholars, artists and practitioners who research the visual, use and work with visual materials and visual methods. Visual In-Sights represents the research interests of the Visualities Research Group of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
Established in 2011, Visualities brings together a number of academics interested in the theoretical, cultural, methodological, ethical and communicative significance of the visual dimensions of human societies. Our eclectic and cross-disciplinary research incorporates work undertaken in the global, national and regional contexts, as well as that which is situated within everyday settings and the quotidian.
The purpose of the Visual In-Sights Conference is to engage with an international community of scholars (established and emerging), creative practitioners, visual artists and arts-based, community project leaders who share these interests, and who are working at the cutting edge, or across the boundaries of, theory, method and practice. Our aim is to host an inclusive, cross-sectoral engagement event which creates spaces for academic, practical and exhibitive work within the framework of a conference programme, and our focus is to explore and celebrate the fresh insights, synergies and impacts which this kind of collaborative, multi-platform conferencing will generate.
Visual In-Sights invites contributions that explore and demonstrate the cutting edge in research and practice which engages with the multiple spaces of the visual. In this sense, it seeks to provide a platform for academics, practitioners and artists whose work exists at the porous boundary between the theory, method and practice of the visual. We are particularly interested, therefore, in contributions which highlight the tensions, contradictions and aporias which emerge at the interface of the thinking through, and doing of, visual work, and which demonstrate, for example, how theory influences practice; how practice influences theory; or how method exceeds our ability to theorise.
Contributions might speak to:
The use and interpretation of art objects in research; considerations of how aesthetic sensibilities (seeing, feeling, sensing) emerge in and through societal, cultural and (geo)political structures:
How visual materials are used to communicate research, ideas or values where words or text might otherwise fail, or where the visual is used to empower and to give voice to those unable or unwilling to communicate outside or beyond the visual:
Cconsiderations of the historical, cultural and political nature of seeing and related critiques of the visual cultures of social networking and new media, video gaming and simulation, digital imaging and computer hardwares:
How seeing and the taking, making, viewing and using of images implicate the researcher/artist/practitioner in often ethically and morally difficult situations:
Contributions for the themes above can include, but aren’t limited to: formal academic papers; multi-media presentations; break-out-sessions using arts/performance/installation; contemporaneous fieldwork exercises and workshops, and; exhibitive displays.
Please contact Elaine Campbell on firstname.lastname@example.org for early enquiries.
Call for papers, Registration, Conference Programme, Travel and Accommodation - all to be confirmed in due course.