The Experience of Place

The Experience of Place emphasises the role of visual practice as a valid method for dealing with specific research questions around landscape, ‘place’ and experience. This strand encompasses a range of themes, including the sensory experience of environment, history, memory and myth.

One of the issues considered is the question of how strategies dealing with the positioning of the viewer can extend our understanding, interaction, and sense of belonging in relation to ‘place’. For example, how can art practices at the edges of photography – digital technology, film and video— be mobilised to re-present the nature of experience, and to extend our understanding of the pictorial? Within this strand, place/landscape is also considered as both actual and imaginary. We are concerned with how the landscape figures in contemporary social and political life as a site of contested territories. This engages with definitions of the rural and the urban, environmental politics, and the representation of history.