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Moving into Modernism:

Moving into Modernism: Tibetan Nomads within China’s Development Scheme Allyson McAbee China has undergone many development schemes, or programs, which encourage both physical and economic growth. Such schemes involve the expansion of railways, highways, national and local roads, and urban developments. These programs are said to be an attempt at mitigating environmental problems however, as the focus of globalisation shifts to the Western parts of China, these development programs in turn cause environmental and social issues of their own. One of the most notable changes takes places in the lives of Tibetan Nomads as they move into modernism via resttlement villages. To stop overgrazing within the Tibetan Plateau the Government is enforcing resttlement into sedentary homes thus causing abrupt changes in lifestyle. I therefore question how the nomads move into modernity in response to such developments, through the analysis of their environment. The goal was not only to research development but aim for change. Using photographs and diagrams of architecture I was able to document the juxtaposition between resttlement homes and nomadic tents. Additional interviews made it clear nomads want to modernise in their own way, not as enforced by the Chinese Government. Instead, development programs imposed on the Nomads are similar to the high modernist designs reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s ‘Ville Radieuse’ exerting measures of control. Through this research I propose China use a different urban design approach including input from the local community, infrastructure which supports an economic transition into a sedentary life, and environmental impact studies on all new developments, thus creating a holistic approach to design. How Can The Pendle Witches Be Represented In A Contemporary Art Practice? Ailsa Read The scope of this practice-based research is an investigation into the dominance of male hierarchies in both religious and social culture, the relationship this has had on the persecution of women, and how this can be interpreted in a contemporary art practice. The persecution of the Lancashire Pendle Witches in Seventeenth Century England is the central focus of this enquiry and this creative practice will concentrate on the process of laser cutting as a methodology. This modern technology will be employed to cut into and partially burn fragile fabrics and explore ideas about the representation of these witches. The research investigates the extent to which, and the means by which, the portrayal of their persecution, vulnerability and fragility can be interpreted. It will also document and consider ways of mapping and interpreting the challenging 51-mile route the Pendle Witches were forced to take to the place of their imprisonment, their incarceration for 153 days in Lancaster Castle and their execution and the subsequent burning of their bodies on Lancaster Moor. This practice aims to highlight the fate and perception of these often very poor women by exposing the truth, which is often lost in stereotypical imagery or caricatures in mythological stories. The accused were in fact women who led very mundane lives and faced unimaginable cruelty by the patriarchal control within the society in which they lived

The role of drawing in the regeneration of urban spaces Howard Read The aim of my work is to witness and record the contested regeneration process taking place at the Elephant and Castle in south east London, specifically the site of the former Heygate social housing estate. The official representations of urban transformation are visually packaged to show perfect visions of the future – my drawing is used as a method of critical analysis and to challenge these representations. Working in sketchbooks on site and in the studio the drawings create a timeline of the destruction and rupture taking place in the urban landscape. Critically engaging with the regeneration process and what it means . My poster will be a balance between image and text - drawings documenting the changing urban landscape accompanied with text from my thesis. Howard Read is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research is practice led and the title of his thesis is, The role of drawing in the regeneration of urban spaces. He has lived near the Elephant and Castle for twenty years Nosso Morro: Overcoming strangeness and picturing collaborative thought with young filmmakers in Rio de Janeiro Paloma Yáñez Serrano, Daniel Lema In Rio de Janeiro, ten young people coming from socioeconomic environments as opposed as the wealthy neighborhood of Gávea and the favela Rocinha, are to make a documentary of their own creation. The young participants decide to use the resources and knowledge facilitated by the Big Tree Collective to cinematically explore the socio-spatial segregation of the environment that they share on their daily lives. They make a film that unveils the personal stories of the inhabitants of one and the other side of the mountain, while reflecting on the creation of a youth-based documentary narrative. This paper explores the processes of participation and collaboration that took place in the making of the documentary Nosso Morro, exploring three of our main understandings while the teaching and production processes. Firstly, we understood that the collaborative process did not only serve to understand locality from within but mainly to break the barriers of strangeness. Secondly, that for effective collaboration, the anthropologist/filmmaker needs to level his/her commitment to the project with the participants. Lastly, we found out that for the group to identify with the film we needed to include the filmmaking process in the filmic experience. Through short clips and anecdotes from the field we hope to convey how participants, researchers/filmmakers and viewers engage with each other in the process of creation of a story.

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