Yesterday I presented a paper at Loughborough universities Art,Design and Space conference for Part B students.
‘Space defines nature – the lands, waters and skies constituting Planet Earth. It also characterizes culture. Through culture we learn how to use space for the benefit of humankind, and how to exploit it and destabilize our fragile relationship with natural, environmental space. Within the humanities we engage with the temporal spaces of narrative in epic poetry, novels and illustration, and we design and re-design space by creating art, architecture, graphics, fashion, the applied and decorative arts, and artefacts.
Space is three-dimensional, two-dimensional, and virtual. It constitutes the world occupied by the physical forms of nature, our human bodies, sculpture and architecture. It provides the flat matrix on which we draw our ideas and translate what we see and imagine into pictorial imagery. In the information age, virtual space emerged, and this new relationship between space, time and technology in virtual reality is redefining what it means to be human.
Curiosity about space generates travel across real and virtual boundaries while belief in community and national identity defines spatial territory. When human nomadism yielded to settlement in particular spaces, cultural identity was expressed through the design and building of roads, houses, museums, cathedrals, universities and the myriad other structures of the built environment. ‘Art, Design and Space’, the concepts of our conference, offer our four speakers challenging ways of exploring our humanity.’
Dr Marion Arnold 2015
Thank you to Marion Arnold for inviting me to speak at the conference, I just hope that I was able to inspire some of the students that attended the conference and that I was able to show them some of the exciting work that is currently taking place in the community that they live in.
I would also like to just thank all the other speakers, Conohar Scott, Sofia Malia and Professor Alison Yarrington, as I was the least experienced speaker and their support really helped me find the confidence to stand in front of what was a respectively large and intimidating audience.
Thank you also to all those who have approached me after the conference to speak to me about my work within the community and express their admiration for the work that I do.
Click on the link below to take a look at the conference proceedings for the day.