Thinking Landscape: Data, geography, arts and interdisciplinarity

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Thinking Landscape: Data, geography, arts, writing, patterns, collecting and interdisciplinarity

From data to drawing to writing and collections of material culture, scholars and practitioners have long developed a suite of ways to think and imagine the landscapes and environments in which we, and those we share the earth with, live. This day-long event will bring together interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners to explore and experiment with ‘thinking landscape’.

Landscapes are complex environmental, cultural and social entities, and artists, scientists and others continue to seek means of thinking and representing landscapes that can engage with and celebrate landscapes’ multi-dimensionality. This has made for centuries of practices of writing and painting, land and earth art, as well as contemporary advances in digital and geo humanities that focus on the evolution of data visualisation and sonificiation practices. The creation of immersive landscape experiences has expanded from the reflective performance within the landscape or gallery spaces to generative and critical data aesthetics.

In an era where global environmental change and social injustices are framed as ‘wicked’ problems requiring interdisciplinary solutions, and in which ‘creative experiments’ are framed as offering potential solutions to the temporal and spatial challenges of apprehending the changing conditions of our landscapes, this symposium suggests it is necessary to ‘think’ the landscape again. Such expanded senses of experimentation redistribute the sites, spaces, practices and subjects of knowledge—whether that be through the tools of environmental science or cultural histories and heritage; they make space for hybrid research practices and collaborative efforts, as well as redistribute expertise making new spaces for seeing, hearing and accounting for others in the representations and imaginations of landscape that are produced.

‘Thinking Landscape’ features a workshop exploring a range of practices of engaging with data about landscape, including visualisation and sonification data, as well as talks by

Mitchell Whitelaw (School of Art, ANU ) and Harriet Hawkins (Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London,

For any other questions please get in touch with Su Ballard ( or Harriet Hawkins (

Plan for the day

8am fresh fruit platters and arrivals

8.30- 9am – Introductions

9am- 10am – talk by Harriet Hawkins

10am– 10.30am coffee break one

10.30 – 11.30 – talk by Mitchell Whitelaw

11.30- 12.30 – Lunch Break

12.30- 14.30 – Workshop session

14.30- 15.00 -- Round-table to close

15.00 coffee

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University of Wollongong Global Challenges programme

Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)

Royal Holloway, University of London, Centre for the GeoHumanities

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