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Urban Encounters: Rethinking Landscape Symposium – Part 1

How can the city be framed in images? This symposium, organised with the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London uses the lens of urban photography to bring together international researchers, academics, photographers and artists concerned with the nature of contemporary urban spaces and cultures.

Urban Encounters: Rethinking Landscape Symposium – Part 2

Urban Encounters: Rethinking Landscape Symposium – Part 3

How can the city be framed in images? This symposium, organised with the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London uses the lens of urban photography to bring together international researchers, academics, photographers and artists concerned with the nature of contemporary urban spaces and cultures.

A one day symposium organised by CUCR and the Tate Britain, Urban Encounters: Rethinking Landscape uses the lens of urban photography to bring together international researchers, academics, photographers and artists concerned with the nature of contemporary urban spaces and cultures. It is of particular relevance to those engaged with urban image-making, analysis and research. Speakers will address photographic interpretations of urban landscapes in relation to migration and change, place, identity and the cultural geographies of city life. The conference will facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue about the growing field of urban visual practice, method and enquiry.


Markéta Luskacová


1. Mapping landscapes – Cartographies of looking

Discussant: Paul Goodwin, Tate Britain

Paul Halliday, Goldsmiths, University of London
Susan Trangmar, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Caroline Knowles, Goldsmiths, University of London

2. Human landscapes – Place and identity

Discussant: TBA

Susan Schwartzenberg, the exploratorium, San Francisco
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, the New School and Goldsmiths, University of London
Davide Deriu, University of Westminster

3. Changing landscapes – Archives and activism

Discussant: Alison Rooke, Goldsmiths, University of London

Janet Delaney, University of California, Berkeley
Tiffany Fairey, PhotoVoice
Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London

4. Discussion

Speaker biographies

Markéta Luskačová

was born in Prague, and graduated Charles University, Prague with a degree in Sociology of Culture. She later studied photography at Prague’s FAMU. Her series Pilgrims and umiac, Slovakia captured the vanishing world of the rural pilgrim and the mountain people of Slovakia. For thirty years she has photographed street markets in London’s Spitalfields, completing a great many other projects in Great Britain, focusing on the world of threatened minorities and children. As part of this work, she contributed to project Citizen 2000 concerning children in Britain from various social, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, a project that resulted in the exhibition First year at school for London’s Museum of Childhood. Since 1990, she has also photographed children in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. Her work permits the viewer to share in the joys and griefs of being human.

Les Back

is Professor and Deputy Head of the Sociology department at Goldsmiths, University of London. His major research interests focus on the culture of racism with particular reference to social identity and popular culture. Publications include New Ethnicities, Multiple Racisms: Race and Nation in the Lives of Young People (UCL Press 1995) and The Art of Listening (Berg Publishers 2007).

Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

is a photographer, curator and environmental psychologist based in New York. Her work explores the experience of everyday life in public and home spaces through photographic and narrative work. She has worked on projects in London, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and New York, and has exhibited at institutions including the Center for Architecture New York, MIT and UC Berkeley. Portions of her work can be found at www.buscada.com. Gabrielle received her PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and teaches at the New School in New York. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, and is co-founder of the Urban Encounters conference.

Janet Delaney

received her MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981. Her first major project, Form Follows Finance: A Survey of the South of Market 1979–1982, addressed issues of home in light of rampant gentrification. She has received three NEA grants, and various other awards. She has taught photography throughout the Bay Area since 1982 and since 2000 has been a full time lecturer in photography in the Visual Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Davide Deriu

Davide Deriu is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster. He graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic of Turin and obtained an MSc and PhD from University College London. He received research fellowships from the Canadian Center for Architecture and Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and was a visiting assistant professor at Middle East Technical University. His main research interests lie at the intersection between urban and visual cultures. He has contributed to various publications and exhibitions, and is currently at work on a book about aerial photography and urban visions.

Tiffany Fairey

Tiffany Fairey is co-founder of PhotoVoice, an award winning participatory photography charity that empowers marginalised groups to use photography as a tool for positive social change. She has been involved in over 40 participatory photography projects around the world and has pioneered the development of PhotoVoice’s innovative methods. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths.

Paul Goodwin

Paul Goodwin is a theorist, curator and urban researcher. He is Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths and Cross Cultural Curator at Tate Britain. At CUCR he is director of Re-Visioning Black Urbanism, a project that explores how multiple modes of ‘blackness’ engages with the dynamics of contemporary urbanism in the UK. The project organises exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, seminars and publications.

Paul Halliday

Paul Halliday is a photographer, filmmaker and sociologist based at Goldsmiths, University of London. He studied social anthropology and art history at Goldsmiths and Oxford University. He originally trained in photojournalism and fine art film at the London College of Communication, and Central Saint Martins Art College. His professional experience includes having directed a Channel Four TV documentary, freelance photographic projects for The Guardian and Independent Magazine, along with various media and arts consultancies. He is also a former media advisor for the British Refugee Council. He completed a twenty-year photographic project in 2006, about London’s street cultures, on which he gave a talk at Tate Modern, and is currently completing a photographic project about global cities. Further details about his London work are on his website. Paul is the course leader of the MA in Photography and Urban Cultures, a Director of Photofusion, and co-founder of the Urban Encounters conference.

Caroline Knowles

Caroline Knowles is Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her recent research is concerned with the circulation of people and objects and developed in collaboration with photographers/artists. She is currently working with Michael Tan on a project called Shoes and Social Fabrics which traces the journeys of a pair of flip-flop sandals from China to Ethiopia. Her book on British and SE Asian migrants living in Hong Kong, in collaboration with Douglas Harper, was published by Chicago University Press this year. She has published extensively on race, ethnicity, whiteness, belonging and urban landscape.

Alison Rooke

Alison Rooke is a visual sociologist based in the Sociology department at Goldsmiths. Alison’s teaching and research interests span issues such as visual methodologies, citizenship, visibility, embodiment and belonging in urban settings. The possibilities on multi-modal methodologies and art-based practice is central to Alison’s research. She has conducted on a variety of participative visual research projects including Sci:dentity: a project which worked with young transgendered people exploring the science of sex and gender through creative practices, and Signs of the City, a European arts project which employs photography and web2 technology to investigate young peoples right to the city. Alison has also has conducted evaluative research concerned with socio-cultural impact of creativity (with TrinityLaban) and the social dimensions of arts based interventions (with the Serpentine Gallery).

Susan Schwartzenberg

Susan Schwartzenberg is a photographer/visual artist. Her work is realized in multiple forms, investigating themes including; biography, memory, urban life and the psychology of place. She exhibits internationally, and has public works in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix and Seattle. Published works include: Cento: A Market St. Journal; Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism; and Becoming Citizens: Family Life and the Politics of Disability. She is currently developing a project with the School of Medicine, Stanford University and holds a senior staff position at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Susan Trangmar

Susan Trangmar’s projection and light based installations, photographs and moving image works have been widely exhibited internationally since the 1980s. Her practice explores differing cultural productions and representations of space including a concern with ‘site’ as the enactment of social relations. The artworks arise from specific landscape, architectural and social contexts and they amplify through their structure and duration, subjective experiences of recognition and recollection. The materiality of light is a constant concern. Recent works include: A Question of Distance, a multi-media work exploring identity and belonging through landscape in Israel/Palestine, touring to Israel, Palestine, Greece and UK 2003–6; Road Map Waygood Gallery Newcastle 2004; Conditions of Visibility a projection installation in Between Land and Sea, Box 38 Gallery Ostend and Peninsular Arts Plymouth 2007–8; A Play in Time, a film installation exploring practices of space within a public park, Photoworks UK and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 2008. Susan Trangmar is currently Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UAL London.