News from the Document and Location Research Group
Stay up to date with the activities and updates from members of the Document and Location Research Group.
A newly commissioned text by David Campany on Aaron Schuman’s series SLANT, called Facts and other mysteries, has been announced. Written by acclaimed photography critic, David Campany, Managing Director of Programs at the International Center of Photography (New York), Facts and other mysteries sees Campany set out a series of discrete fragments that weave their way through reflections on the historical exploration of image to text relationships, the impact of photographic technology on writing, and the challenging partiality of truth. Facts and other mysteries can be read and downloaded for free via the Writings page.
SLANT (Election, Fall 2020) is a new edit of Aaron Schuman’s celebrated series and was created especially for How we live now, to be released as Americans go to the polls in what is anticipated to be the largest voter turn-out in over a century. Schuman’s online project is a sombre meditation on what will be, at the very least, a complex landmark in the history of American democracy. The exhibition was available to view online between 3 November-20 December 2020. How we live now has been made possible with funding from Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund. View SLANT (Election, Fall 2020) on the Foreground website.
We are delighted to announce More akin to that of an interloper, a newly commissioned text by Lizzie Lloyd on Sophie Hayes’ Storage series as part of the Document and Location programme. Lloyd’s text engages with the core ideas of Storage, a project by Sophie Hayes that explores the secret life and unintentional narratives of the non-public spaces of major museums across Europe. More akin to that of an interloper can be read and downloaded for free via the Writings page.
Dr Mike Ricketts has contributed a new essay to the recently published journal Iteration, edited by Robin Schuldenfrei and published by Routledge. In Ricketts’ essay, In and out of view: Reflections on The Vessel, he focuses on the shifting identity of a large grey accommodation barge that’s been reconfigured numerous times to enable it to fulfil different functions. In spite of these reconfigurations, Ricketts suggests that the barge unwittingly represents ‘a bleak parody of, even affront to, any notion of ‘design’.
View further details about the journal Iteration.
Dr Mike Ricketts and Dr Dan Keech (CCRI, University of Gloucestershire) were invited contribute to the workshop “Transdisciplinary research on sustainability transition, climate adaptation and risk reduction” at Karstad University, Sweden, between 2-4 March 2020. Ricketts and Keech have been working together to explore the transgression of physical and social boundaries during severe floods experienced on the Somerset Levels and Moors in the consecutive winters of 2013 and 2014. The pair were invited to the workshop hosted by Professor Magareta Dalhström, Director of the Centre for Research on Region Building (CRS) at Karlstad University, Sweden. The workshop shared research in relation to sustainability transition and/or climate adaptation and risk reduction, and how this is carried out in a collaborative manner, for example in relation to research and ‘practice’, and collaboration between different partners in society.
Aaron Schuman’s photobook, SLANT, has been featured in a wide range of Best Photobooks of 2019, including The Guardian, Photobook Store and Internazionale. In his ‘Top 15 photography books of 2019’ for The Guardian, Sean O’Hagan writes ‘SLANT is a witty, deadpan meditation on small-town America that carries a darker undertow in the age of fake news, post-truth politics and alternative facts’, while Mark Power at Photobook Store described SLANT as a ‘glorious package of a book’.
Document and Location Research Group are delighted to announce our new member, Lee Elkins, founder and Creative Director of The Lost Light Recordings, an independent publisher that works with photographers to realise projects through the medium of the photobook. Elkins has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in Photography at UWE Bristol. He will subsequently draw on his editorial rigour and expertise in publishing to expand Document and Location's public output through initiating the Group's first original photobook.
Re-Make/Re-Model is a commissioned text by Chris Fite-Wassilak on Dr Mike Ricketts’ The Vessel. Re-Make/Re-Model (PDF) had its inaugural release in Foreground’s File Notes series, an occasional series of commissioned writing that will critically engage with different areas of Foreground's programme. The first texts released will present new writing on Document and Location members’ work and be published on the Document and Location website and Foreground websites and available for free download.
Aaron Schuman, launched the Group’s 2019 programme of discursive events with a lecture on his latest project, SLANT, in the context of his wider practice as part of the Arnolfini and UWE Bristol’s Art in the City lecture series.
Document and Location member, Dr Mike Ricketts, presented new research alongside Dr Daniel Keech (University of Gloucestershire) at the eighth Nordic Geographers’ Meeting (NGM), Trondheim, Norway. Titled 'Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability', the eighth NGM engaged with ideas of sustainability within geographical scholarship, the politics of sustainability beyond the academy and the shifting discipline of geography itself. Read further details of the 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting.
We are delighted to announce that MACK Books published Document and Location member Aaron Schuman’s latest project, SLANT. In SLANT, Schuman interweaves a selection of bizarre newspaper clippings detailing succinct and extraordinarily anticlimactic accounts of crimes, suspicious activities, events and non-events reported in Amherst, Massachusetts published between 2014-2018, with quietly wry photographs he made within a thirty-mile radius of Amherst from 2016 to 2018, in response to their unintentionally deadpan descriptions.
We are happy to announce that the Document and Location Research Group has been awarded research funding from the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol. Aimed at developing innovative methods of research and generating cross-disciplinary academic and practice-led collaboration, the Faculty’s Research Group funding has funded the establishment of the new group, a dedicated website and Document and Location’s 2019 programme of events.