Language, Landscape & the Sublime


residential short course

June 20-24 2016


symposium and creative gathering

June 29/30 2016

Dartington Hall & Sharpham House, Devon, England


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a multidisciplinary symposium exploring the aesthetics, philosophy and poetics of landscape


This two-day symposium drew together artists and thinkers from a wide range of disciplines to explore ways in which landscape –– and the ways we represent it –– connects deeply to our lives and underpins our relationship to the world. We are also offering a five-day intensive residential short course immediately before the symposium.  The contemporary array of narratives of landscape expose how we feel about (and how we become estranged from) this astounding place we all share. As we contemplate the fragility of our planet fearful narratives confound our complex and worried entanglements with the world around us.


We recently published a special edition of Environment, Space, Place, copies of which are available from the publisher.


We are now finalising the online publication from this event.


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Recent additions to the publication

Judith Stewart

We live in a world in which it seems impossible to look upon landscape in the same way that we used to. These days, what we find is a landscape marked by hybridization, fragmentation and imprecision. The dispersed landscapes known as urban sprawl are the result of a number of factors: the rapid expansion in tertiary industries and tourism; the technological revolution; the boom in real estate and even the effects of a certain crisis in public space (Nogué 2009: 120). Our society is defined by movement, intermixing, globalism and speed. Thus, we have landscapes that are ever changing, discontinuous, artificial, cloned and repeated everywhere. It seems, therefore, that it no longer makes sense to speak of the purity of landscapes and that a certain amount of tact is now required when associating a landscape with a narrative of identity in which the individual and society are rooted.

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Laura C. Mayer

An exploration of how the language of taste weaved its way through the design revolutions of the eighteenth-century English garden, restructuring social hierarchies and re-writing the landscape.

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Tom Baskeyfield & Mario Popham

haped by Stone is a project devised for the Barnaby Festival, a cultural festival in Macclesfield, Cheshire. For the past few years the festival’s programme has been curated around a theme, this year’s theme was ‘Space’.

Interpreting the theme through our shared interest in the interconnection of people, place, nature and landscape, Shaped by Stone took the relationship of an abandoned hillside quarry called Tegg’s Nose (now a country park) and the evidence of its stone in the footpaths, walls and roads of Macclesfield Town Centre.

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Marlene Creates

From the Ground Tier to a Sparrow Batch: A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow, Blast Hole Pond River, Winter 2012-2013 is a documentary video-poem that is 26 minutes long. It’s based on observing the phenomena of winter by means of over 50 terms in the Newfoundland dialect for ice, snow, and winter weather.

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Louise Ann Wilson

Warnscale is a self-guided walking-performance specific to the Warnscale fells south of Buttermere Lake, Cumbria. Mediated through a multi-layered walking-guide/art- book, the performance is aimed at women who are childless-by-circumstance. Society offers no rituals or rites of passage through which women who have ‘missed’ the life-event of biological motherhood can be acknowledged and come to terms with that absence. Warnscale, however, offers imaginative and creative ways through which participants can engage with landscape in order to reflect-upon, re-image and transition (even in the smallest of ways) the liminality that this circumstance can lead to.

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Coastal Reading Group

We Weave and Heft by the River was an all-night, socially-engaged event facilitated by the Coastal Reading Group that explored ways to grieve for the tremendous loss of non-human species and their ecological habitats during this historic, geologic, cultural moment. We held this event at Landscape, Language and the Sublime symposium and creative gathering in Devon, England at the end of June 2016.

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