The final CHeriScape conference in the JPI-funded CHeriScape series will look forwards, and inward into imagination. The mental landscapes we inhabit are increasingly digital, as well as remembered; new media is changing how people interact and even how they think. People increasingly experience familiar and distant landscapes through 21st-century digital media. This digital way of perceiving landscapes is just another turn to the ELC definition of landscape as areas ‘perceived by people’. Perhaps it narrows ‘real world’ experience, but it also expands and stretches horizons and enables new possibilities for creative connections through intangible values. Landscape is no longer, if it ever was, only the local, the seen or walked/worked in; people ‘possess’ distant landscapes that are nevertheless familiar, and which become increasingly accessible through ‘new’ virtual media. These still-emergent technologies could enable increased democratic engagement with landscape heritage and with landscape futures. Our concluding conference will thus explore how futures that grow from the past can be explored and imagined through new forms of heritage and landscape representations, and thus how present and future landscapes will be shaped and constructed.
Posters are invited that can offer case studies reflecting either the conference’s general theme as set out above or one of the specific sub-themes described below. There are also cross-cutting threads to consider, such as new speeds of change and of transmission of knowledge/ideas, digital visualisation, the use of art and literature to illuminate and explain global challenges through landscape and heritage. In keeping with the conference’s emphasis on representation and creative engagement, posters accompanied by visual material will be especially welcomed. Our venue, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, will be able to accommodate video or digital presentations.
Looking Back from the Future: the future legibility of the past – ways in which we visualise and imagine how the past might look in a future landscape, involving therefore questions about preserving legibility and/or materiality of heritage but also questions about ways for people in future to be able to understand their pasts (including our own present). This will include one of CHeriScape’s key themes, heritage, but also landscape design, perspectives on landscape/heritage interfaces, the potential plurality of future landscape.
New neighbourhoods, New neighbours – examines how we can imagine landscape after major change, both environmental affecting materiality (sea levels, climate change, urbanisation) and socio-cultural affecting perceptions (eg. migration, mobility). One of its themes will be how multiple visioning of possible futures might help to shape responses, strengthen resilience and perhaps even mitigate impacts through changed behaviour, but it will also focus particularly on cultural solutions to change, especially in the context of mass migration of people from one landscape to another; heritage and landscape have their own mobility as well.
Looking Inward: imagined and remembered landscapes – recognises that landscape and heritage exist not only at local level, nor only through physical presence but also (increasingly?) at a mental, imaginary level as well. Our personal landscapes and heritage may be distant in both space and in time (and include imagined or wished-for future landscapes) but they are nevertheless close to the heart and mind. Themes of perception (in landscape) will be relevant, and of attributed value (in heritage), but also the debate (which has run though all the CHeriScape conferences) about hearing and giving attention to all voices (recalling that not by no means all stakeholders are local).
Deadlines for posters (to be send to firstname.lastname@example.org):
29 February 2016 – EXTENDED Deadline for poster abstracts
18 March 2016 – Notification of accepted posters
15 May 2016 – Deadline to submit e-versions of accepted posters