Space and Order Symposium

01-06-2017 at 10am to 5pm

Location: European Centre for Documentary Research, ATRiuM, University of South Wales (Cardiff, CF24 2FN)

Audience: Public

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10-10:30 am: Introduction of the speakers, opening of the session, Cinema CA B205

10:30 am – 12 pm: Screening of The Prison In Twelve Landscapes, Cinema CA B205

12.00-13.00 pm: Presentation of Brett Story framework, Cinema CA B205

13:00-13:45 pm: Lunch, Zen room

13.45 – 15.15 pm: Presentation of Edgar Martins work, Cinema CA B205

15.15 – 15.30 pm: Coffee Break, Zen Room

15.30 – 5 pm: Discussion, Zen Room

This symposium will present and discuss documentary practices that involve new forms of storytelling in photography and film. Presentations by artists Brett Story and Edgar Martins will focus on the use and representation of physical space as a means of constructing social and epistemic order. The symposium will explore thematic links in the work of both practitioners in their varied encounters with cultural politics, science and the geographic imagination.

The event will consist of the screening of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes by Brett Story (2016), followed by a presentation on the ideas underpinning her work. In the afternoon Edgar Martins’ will give an overview of his photographic work and discuss his approach to developing and extending documentary practice. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion with students.

Edgar Martins is a photographic artist based in London, UK. He completed a BA in Photography at the London College of Printing & Distributive Trades, as well as an MA in Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (London). His work is represented internationally in several high-profile collections, such as those of the V&A (London), the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), RIBA (London), the Dallas Museum of Art (USA); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), Fundação EDP(Lisbon), Fondation Carmignac (Paris), among others. His first book—Black Holes & Other Inconsistencies—was awarded the Thames & Hudson and RCA Society Book Art Prize. A selection of images from this book was also awarded The Jerwood Photography Award in 2003. He was the recipient of the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art category) in May 2008. In 2009 he was also awarded the prestigious BES Photo Prize (Portugal), as well as a SONY World Photography Award (Landscape category). In 2010 Edgar Martins was nominated for the Prix Pictet 2009 and awarded 1st prize in the Fine Art— Abstract category of the 2010 International Photography Awards. Martins was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale.

Brett Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based in Toronto and New York. Her films have screened at True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig, among other festivals. Her first feature-length film, the award-winning Land of Destiny (2010), screened internationally and was broadcast on both Canadian and American television. Her second feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, the Prize for Best Canadian Documentary at the DOXA Documentary Festival, and a Special Jury Mention at the Camden International Film Festival. The film will be broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2017. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in such outlets as CBC Radio and The Nation magazine, and she is currently completing a book manuscript for the University of California Press titled The Prison out of Place. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was the recipient of the Documentary Organization of Canada Institute’s 2014 New Visions Award and the 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal from the University of Toronto for academic excellence. Brett is a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow.

Event organized by Alba Gimenez, Clementine Schneidermann and David Barnes.