Pop-Up Landscapes: Survival and Interdependency in a Changing Landscape
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Pop-Up Landscapes explores the ideas of survival, interdependency and the relationship between our individual landscapes and their interdependency to our environments. The art and research project is launching its first phase Friday 29th May 2009 in Bristol's Pervasive Media Studio with a series of discussions and presentations.
The project is the brainchild of UK-based, intermedia artist, producer/director, Teresa Dillon. She started developing Pop-Up Landscapes in October 2008 in Suomenlinna in Finland during her residency organised by the Finnish Institute in London. Dillon brought together an international team of anthropologists, architects and media artist, including Finnish media artist and designer, Tuomo Tammenpää and architect Peter Tattersall, to exchange ideas and build around the original concept. The meeting in Suomenlinna was one of the few times the team met face-to-face to conceptualise and refine their ideas. Over the following year the project was planned and developed via Skype between Finland, UK, Portugal and Spain.
Pop-Up Landscapes explores the themes of survival and interdependency through public art installations, series of seminars and community activities in the participating countries. Tuomo Tammenpää developed a series of interconnected installations for the project in collaboration with the Pop-Up Landscapes team.The installations are physically apart - for example Helsinki and Bristol - yet digitally connected and interdependent. Within each installation your presence is tracked and influences the immediate, as well as the remote environment. What is revealed depends on your actions and how you respond to those beside you and at a distance.
"This was a new working process for me. There weren't any set ideas for this project and how my installations were going to be in the end. I think that was very good. It allowed for the project to grow organically and great, new ideas to surface naturally and unexpectedly", Tammenpää explains.
Finnish architect Peter Tattersall has been developing the concept of wiki planning for Pop-Up Landscapes as part of a wider attempt to consider what the implications of web 2.0 might be on architecture and planning, and whether or not social media might be used to make planning more democratic and bring values of lay-people into the design process. Tattersall will be giving a presentation and a demo on urban wiki planning in Friday's Pop-Up Landscapes seminar event.
Pop-Up Landscapes: Project Presentation and Seminar Event
29 May 2009 10.00-19.00, Pervasive Media Studio, Leadworks, Anchor Square, Harbourside, Bristol
Tel: + 44 (0)117 915 7234