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Reflections on the geohumanities - or how the arts influence my geographical practice


Stratford, E, Reflections on the geohumanities - or how the arts influence my geographical practice, School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart (2018) [Minor Creative Work]

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‘As an undergraduate, my decision to combine art history and theory and geography was often met with quizzical looks, but my choice to work in the geohumanities is one I have never regretted. In this Forum, I want to share some of the ways in which the geohumanities has informed and enriched my work. In particular, I want to show how photography, film, painting, and performance have informed my work. My intention is to share a story about how I came to write about the geographies of the life-course, and I will do that by reference to Lennart Nilsson’s images of fetuses for Life Magazine; William McTaggart’s large oil paintings of children at the shore; Nic Low’s installations about island children at Junction Arts festival; Lottie Child’s UK films of youth at play and Andy Day’s photographs of London’s traceurs practicing parkour; John Brack’s genius summation of adult commuter life in Collins Street 5pm; promotional images of Ernestine Shepherd, a septuagenarian body sculptor; and Pharmacopeia, an installation by Susie Freeman, David Critchley, and Dr Liz Lee subtitled Cradle to Grave. My aims are to show how the arts have enriched my spatial thinking; to suggest that geographical modes of conceiving and perceiving the world can powerfully contribute to artistic endeavour; and to hint at the benefits to be gained by the disciplines from more collaborative conversations and projects—particularly those that support people to flourish.’

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:geohumanities, visual arts, flourishing, life-course, geographies, mobilities, rhythmanalysis
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:128788
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-10-13
Last Modified:2018-10-15

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