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Boots on the ground: site-based regionality and creative practice in the Tasmanian Midlands


Hall, K and Sutczak, P, Boots on the ground: site-based regionality and creative practice in the Tasmanian Midlands, M/C Journal, 22, (3) Article 1537. ISSN 1441-2616 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Regional identity is a constant construction, in which landscape, human activity and cultural imaginary build a narrative of place. For the Tasmanian Midlands, the interactions between history, ecology and agriculture both define place and present problems in how to recognise, communicate and balance these interactions. In this sense, regionality is defined not so much as a relation of margin to centre, but as a specific accretion of environmental and cultural histories. According weight to more-than-human perspectives, a region can be seen as a constellation of plant, animal and human interactions and demands, where creative art and design can make space and give voice to the dynamics of exchange between the landscape and its inhabitants. Consideration of three recent art and design projects based in the Midlands reveal the potential for cross-disciplinary research, embedded in both environment and community, to create distinctive and specific forms of connectivity that articulate a regional identify.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Midlands; Tasmania; Regional Arts
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Hall, K (Dr Karen Hall)
UTAS Author:Sutczak, P (Mr Patrick Sutczak)
ID Code:133836
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Art
Deposited On:2019-07-11
Last Modified:2019-08-06
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