The geographer Kathryn Yusoff has posed a timely question. ‘What knowledge becomes useful to us in a time of abrupt climate change? How can we creatively practice towards such uncertainty?’*
If artists are meant to ‘make sense of radically ambiguous situations and move forward in the face of uncertainty’** then this implies an acceptance of being lost as both methodology and practice. The colloquium explores what happens when practice (as in a habitual action or repeated exercise) and practise (as in being experienced in, or currently active and engaged with) collide with the unknown. What happens when habitual practices becomes challenged by uncertainty and risk?
Practising (in) Uncertainty is a colloquium which focuses on the uncertain processes of making, the unpredictable contexts that this work is presented in, and the uncertainties about how audiences might engage with projects which engage with our (mis)understandings of biodiversity, landscape or site. It involves prominent national and international artists who have adopted strategies to Practise (in) Uncertainty, including Justin Carter, David Cross (Cornford and Cross), Heather Ackroyd (Ackroyd & Harvey), Edwina fitzPatrick and Tania Kovats. They share their insights in both Glasgow and London, as the event will take place through live links at both venues.
The colloquium, convened by Edwina fitzPatrick, is open to everyone.
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To attend at Glasgow, click here.
* Yusoff, K., ed. (2008). Bipolar. London: The Arts Catalyst. p. 6
** Oakley, K., Sperry, B. & Pratt. A.C. (2008). The art of innovation: How fine arts graduates contribute to innovation. London, NESTA. p.14