Topographies of the Obsolete

The second workshop at the the former Spode Factory in Stoke on Trent took place between 9 - 18 March with participants from Norway, Denmark, Germany and the UK. Re:place was represented in the project by Trond Lossius, Scott Rettberg and Jeremy Welsh. In addition to site-specific interventions in the factory environment, the workshop included a series of lectures by US theorist Ezra Shales, a seminar examining the history of ceramic production in the Potteries region and an exhibition of works in progress at the Airspace Gallery in Hanley. For Re:place the event provided the opportunity to gather materials in the form of video, sound recordings, photography, interviews and text materials that will be worked with in coming months to form the basis of a new installation. Meanwhile, Topographies of the Obsolete has been granted funding by the Norwegian programme for research in the arts, allowing the project to be developed further over the coming two years.

The Spode flag still flying
Working space in The China Hall
Abandoned records
Trond Lossius and Ezra Shales
Digital junk
Mystical signage
Opening at Airspace Gallery, AH Mydland explains her piece

Richard Launder performing at the opening 
Add captionPerformance by Sofie Knudsen Jansson 

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