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.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Iona Dunsire

I make reduced functional sculptures with industrial modern materials, focusing on creating lines to confront the viewer. 

Past Work:

 'Die da ist mit der da da und der da ist mit dem da da und die da war mit der da da', Merano, Italy Exhibition 2012. Academy of Fine Art Munster, Professor Maik And Dirk Lobberts Class.

Merano Exhibition Piece
'Finding Art’ 
 By Iona Dunsire
Two A4 Screen Prints

A series of reduced concentrated maps of the centre of Merano followed by images of a ground installation, creating a life scale map.  These peices marked and confirmed the location of the exhibition with a red dot, directing the publics attention and interaction.  

Merano Exhibition Installation
'Finding Art’
By Iona Dunsire
Self-adhesive plastic covering

Interim Exhibition, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2012

Interim Exhibition Installation
'Shape within a shape within a shape'
By Iona Dunsire
1m x 1m steel light box

Reflecting the idea of the non- existant, man- made creation that is Line. Used to understand and explain a shape but in its existence takes on qualities independent from it.  

'Hold Tight' Exhibition, Eldon Garden, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2013.

Hold Tight exhibition installation
'Arrow Benches' 
By Iona Dunsire
Wood, Steel, Resin  

The Arrow Benches point  the viewer around the room in an unsubtle yet playful manner.  
Through their chosen form and placement invisible lines are created  drawing connections between the viewer,  the piece and other works exhibited in the space. 


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