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, 13 September 2013

Program for the opening night of the exhibition "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void" at the British Ceramics Biennial 2013

Opening night details:

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.

8.30pm: Afterparty at the Glebe: 35 Glebe Street, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire ST4 1HG T: 01782 860 670

Andrew Brown
“A walk through S”
Guided Walks.
Meeting point at the Topographies Pavilion. 33 min duration.
Friday 27 September 15.00 (Sign up to be made by 2.30pm max 25 people).
Saturday 28 September (10.30am and 12 noon)
Saturday 5 October (10.30am and 12 noon)
Friday 18 October (as part of the BCB seminar, TBC)
Places will be allocated on a sign-up basis, a sheet being available from 10am on Sat 28 September and Sat 5 October in the pavilion (for walks at 10.30am and noon). Maximum 25 people per walk.

Richard Launder & Julia Collura
“Glancing at Spode”
Meeting point at the stairwell with round window to the Designers block. Will be marked with a sign and directions in the Topographies pavilion.  Approx. 45 min duration.
Audience max. 25 people.
Friday 27th 16.00
Saturday 28th 16.00.

Chapter three: Mandarin Dust
China Hall. 15 min Duration.
Friday 27th 19.45
17th or 18th October during conference. Time and place to be confirmed.

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