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2015 — Conference ‘Portable Landscapes: Environments on the Move’, Durham University

Durham University  Conference ‘Portable Landscapes: Environments on the Move’ 9-10 June 2015 Domeyko Emplecitite. From the series ‘Mapping Domeyko’, Mines ParisTech, 2014 © Ignacio Acosta Presented paper in collaboration with Jakub Bojczuk ‘The mobile mineral collections of Ignacy Domeyko’ at a conference exploring the notion of portable landscapes. ‘Landscapes are ways of framing and shaping the environment for aesthetic, social, political and economic purposes. In their ambivalent configuration, they stand for both an actual tract of land, crafted by nature or human intervention, and its visual or verbal representation. Within this framework, recent scholarship has turned the attention toward the production of material landscape objects that make environments physically move through time and space. The mimetic gesture that transforms a given environment into a ‘landscape object’ dovetails with a multifaceted range of emotional attachments, mnemonic associations and symbolic attributions that allows us to possess a place imaginatively and creatively. In their radical reduction and vernacular configuration, these objects provide us with worlds in miniature, able to exercise their own agency – objects that we can put in our bags, stick in our pockets or hold in our hands. In crafting, collecting, displaying and sharing landscape objects, we create landscape communities figuratively pinned on a physical or mental map’. Download conference abstracts
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Im a Chilean born, London based visual artist and researcher. My practice explores and reflects on the geo-political power dynamics in mineral industries, geographies and historical narratives. My interconnected research projects involve extensive historical research, fieldwork, the collection of archival materials, new photographic documentation with large format cameras and diverse forms of mapping. My work develops using site-specific working methodologies.