Topographies of the Obsolete is an artistic research project that focuses on the closed Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
The first workshop Resurrecting the Obsolete took place in September 2012 in the Spode Factory, Stoke on Trent, UK organized by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway (KHiB).
KHiB was invited as a Research Fellow Partner Institution by the British Ceramics Biennial 2013 and the first workshop included 33 staff and students from KHiB, The Royal Academy of Art Copenhagen, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Sheffield Hallam Univerisity, University of Nottingham Trent and invited alumni/artists from KHiB. Together we explored the Spode site’s histories, industrial space and infrastructure.
The workshops have uncovered a variety of methods and strategies exploring the complexity of the site from different perspectives and practices particular to each of the artists/students involved. We had a great variation of expressions ranging from the performative intervention based to installation and object based work.
The second of the research residency took place in March 2013 as the artistic research project Topographies of the Obsolete. The third workshop takes place in August 2013.
In September a number of participants from the research project will present their works during the British Ceramics Biennial 2013.
This site will act as a meeting point for participants and others interested in our progress.
Monday, 30 September 2013
"Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" is the first major exhibition of the on-going artistic research project "Topographies of the Obsolete: Exploring the Site Specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry". Engaging 32 international artists, with multi disciplinary approaches in affiliation with 5 institutions, the exhibition investigates the remnants and post-industrial ruin of the original Spode factory site.
The directors of the British Ceramics Biennial, Barney Hareduke and Jeremy Theophilos, welcomed everyone to the exhibition and the British Ceramcis Biennial. The opening speech for "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" was made by Professor Nina Malterud, member of the Steering Committee of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The head of cultural affairs at the Norwegian Embassy in London; Eva Moksnes Vincent, attended the opening in order to see the results of the project.
Performances on opening day:
Andrew Brown: "A Walk through S"
Richard Launder & Julia Collura: “Glancing at Spode”
KELLY / MARHAUG: "Slipping" from Chapter three: Mandarin Dust
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Lets hope that Stoke-on-Trent gets the same support and energy sometime soon.
Friday, 13 September 2013
Program for the opening night of the exhibition "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" at the British Ceramics Biennial 2013
2.00pm - 5.00pm: Opening at Spode. Please use entrance from Elenora Street.Opening speech by Professor Nina Malterud, member of the Steering Committee of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
We are proud to present the logo for our artistic research project!
The visual profile for Topographies of the Obsolete is developed by Philip Rawle, based in Uttoxeter, close to Stoke on Trent. This includes, in addition to the logo, also the publication which is underway as a result of the project's artistic activity and discourse. We are making a totally made in Britain publication (printing and design) in consideration of the out sourcing happening to European industry, which of course is a major ethical question/factor in our project.
Monday, 29 July 2013
|Anne Helen Mydland explaining the process of Spode's blue under-glaze printing technique. With Neil Brownsword, Øystein Hauge and Johan Sandborg.|
|The first impression of Spode.|
|Plans are being made as we are shown the different departments of the factory.|
|Bits of history of the pottery craft at Spode, told by Anne Helen. Øystein Hauge paying close attention.|
|The oldest plaster moulds in storage.|
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Friday, 31 May 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Monday, 8 April 2013
Read full article
Wedgwood and the Wilsons. A. N. Wilson, article in CRAFTS, December issue 2012.
Dust, the archive and Cultural History. Carolyn Steedman.
The Secret Life of Dust, from the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter, the Big Consequences of little things. Hannah Holmes.
Our Mutual Friend. Charles Dickens.
Friday, 5 April 2013
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Monday, 1 April 2013
- Post-industrial landscapes
- Exploring moments in time, being ‘present’
- Thresholds and spaces betwixt and between
- Retracing steps
- Design direct embodied experience
- Solitary vs. collective
- Making use of what is there
- The particular effectiveness of sound
Friday, 29 March 2013
Thursday, 28 March 2013
sitespecific workshop initiated by Lisa Stenbro
Yas Island UAE, February 2013
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke
Reactive dyes in Stoke on Trent, September 2012
Margrethe Kolstad Brekke