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Industrialised space: history and representation in photography

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Industrialised space: history and representation in photography


Symposium, Maastricht

13:30-18:00 Symposium

13:30 Dirk Lauwaert: Welcome
13:40 Wim Mes: De Sphinx in de stad (presentation in Dutch, English text available)
14:20 Willibrord Rutten: The Orange-Nassau mines and the making of the industrial landscape in Limburg
15:00 break
15:20 Dirk Lauwaert: Orange-Nassau mines. Distant inventory and lyrical outpouring
16:00 Steven Humblet: The industrious city. Fifth Avenue and the garment industry
16:40 John Davies: Reshaping an industrial landscape — Manchester

12:30-19:00 The Reading Room

Lilo Bauer: Research in context: selected publications and videos in the gallery space

The research project Citygraphy studies the representation of modern urbanity. Up till now the project has mainly focused on the historical centres of a number of European cities.
Point of departure has been the assumption that the historical city centres are essentially affected by the process of modernisation through restoration, rebuilding of the environment and adaptations to the transport system and tourism. The photographic image clearly shows that in the second half of the past century the field of interest has shifted from picturesque ruins to modern reconstructions.
The modern city is also the industrialised city. New technologies and industrial expansion have an impact on the built environment in that they require construction of transportation, work, and housing sites. These changes affect both landscape and cityscape. The photographs were meant as tokens of the process of industrialisation and testimonials to its accommodation with the environment, which was often a fine balance indeed.
At the symposium, photographic images and the context of the Orange-Nassau mines (Heerlen) and the earthenware factory Sphinx (Maastricht) will be discussed. Willibrord Rutten and Dirk Lauwaert will talk about landscape development and the representation of the mining areas. Wim Mes will draw Sphinx’s industrial history.
The degree to which industrial sites are spatially embedded varies.
For obvious reasons, mining sites are restricted to particular areas.
Other types of industry, then, can be more easily spatially accommodated. By means of a case study of the rise of fashion industry on New York’s Fifth Avenue and its consequences for photographic imagination Steven Humblet reflects on the problem that this ‘mobile’ industry imposes on the city’s organisation.
Last but not least, landscape photographer John Davies explains his method of working through images of the city of Manchester.

Lilo Bauer

(Leipzig, Germany) is researcher/photographer of the research project Citygraphy. Starting off from photo-technical, photo-theoretical, semiotic and cultural-historical research and 19th century city images of Maastricht, Bauer develops a contemporary topographic interpretation of 21st century Maastricht.

John Davies

(Liverpool, England) is internationally known for the lucidity with which he has tackled the rural and urban landscape through his refined black-and-white photographs. Davies is very much a narrative landscape photographer, interested, even in his ‘purest’ landscapes, in telling visual stories about process, change, transformation.

Steven Humblet

(Brussels, Belgium) is doctoral researcher at the University of Ghent en teaching assistant Photo History and Photo Theory at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels and the KASK in Ghent. Humblet writes about applied arts, photography and visual arts and has published in magazines such as De Witte Raaf, Camera Austria and NieuwZuid.

Dirk Lauwaert

(Brussels, Belgium) lectures at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas and the Erasmus Hogeschool in Brussels (department RITS) and publishes mainly about photography. Lichtpapier is a volume of essays about photography. Lauwaert initiated the Citygraphy project that does research into photographic representation of the modern city.

Wim Mes

(Maastricht, the Netherlands). As former archivist of the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg in Maastricht Mes was involved in opening up the Sphinx archive. Mes is chairman of the Werkgroep Industrieel Erfgoed Limburg (WIEL) (Working Group Industrial Heritage Limburg).

Willibrord Rutten

(Maastricht, the Netherlands) works as historian at the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg in Maastricht. By order of the Oranje-Nassau Groep B.V. (Orange-Nassau Group Ltd.) in Amsterdam Rutten is contributing to the three-year project Geschiedenis Oranje-Nassaumijnen (History of the Orange-Nassau mines).

The symposium is supported by the Province of Limburg, the City of Maastricht, and the Jan van Eyck Academie Citygraphy was made possible by the Werner Mantz Stichting

Contact: Madeleine Bisscheroux
madeleine.bisscheroux @janvaneyck.nl
+31 (0)43 350 37 29


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