Art and Geography Confluences: Perspectives on Collaboration and Future Imaginaries

Type: Virtual Panel
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 49
Organizers: Vera Kuklina
Chairs: Olga Zaslavskaya


Visuality became an important feature of geography-related research and practice (Rose 2003; Thornes 2004). Traditionally collaboration between artists and scientists is seen as art in the service of scholars, however, recent developments in this area led to emergence of a hybrid form of collaborative, experimentally-driven practice also known as ArtScience (Edwards 2008; Malina 2016; Schnugg 2019).
The main purpose of projects in this field is to work together to explore the creative possibilities of art and science and their capacities to envision the future at the fringe of these two cultural approaches. Scholars and artists can share the same premises or work from various places being connected through global technological and digital networks. Such collaborations aim to support transdisciplinary creativity and encourage critical analysis of knowledge production through debates and social and cultural interactions (Muller et al. 2015). Art and science share a visual language and rely on creative processes. In particular, geographers use numerous methods, such as inductive visualization (Knowles et al 2015), critical cartography (Harley 1992), and examine “third space” (Soja 1996) to understand space in creative ways, occasionally intersecting with arts. The use of visual methods allows us to propose another approach to geo-artistic relations and strive for closer cooperation between artists and representatives of geographical and sociocultural disciplines.
Nowadays, the site of artistic production or scientific enquiry has dramatically extended and these activities can be conducted at a studio or laboratory, in the field or at a computer lab. All these places can be utilized for understanding future imaginaries shaped by the processes at different scales: from individual and local human perceptions, anticipations, expectations and fears, to regional and global changes. While uncertainty and non-linearity become important characteristics of adaptation, resilience and vulnerabilities of coupled human-environment systems, the arts-science collaboration in general and arts and geography link in particular can offer new unexpected insights on sustainability transformations which involve changes in cultures and systems of values and evoke people’s creativity and efforts. At this session we will speculate on arts and geography collaboration based on experience of art-driven research/research-based art from different angles defined by the position of an artist, researcher and curator.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Olga Zaslavskaya IACC/NAKKA 15 3:05 PM
Panelist Stanislav Podusenko 10 3:20 PM
Panelist Lera Lerner 10 3:30 PM
Panelist Vera Kuklina V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography SB RAS 10 3:40 PM
Panelist Ekaterina Shramko 10 3:50 PM
Panelist Ivan Mitin National Research University Higher School of Economics 10 4:00 PM
Discussant Andrey Petrov University of Northern Iowa 10 4:10 PM

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