Speculative Fictions: The Spin of a Coin

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


The connection that we have to specific places is politically, culturally, historically and emotionally complicated. The narratives that form the dissemination of our ideas about the places that we are connected to come in many forms, from the handed down family anecdote to the perpetuating stories that pervade local pubs and clubs. More widely, the ways in which the creative world chooses to present these narratives, as well as the impact that they can have, offer the potential for a wide reaching debate about the nature of communities and the ways that they can be improved.From the facilitation of many digital storytelling projects to more personal quests to specific international places, my wider research involves developing and incorporating narratives that both utilise and question the construction of identity as well as the connection to place.Through the use of pertinent examples from previous research outcomes, I will set a contextual ground for the presentation of new work from an ongoing Arts & Minds Consortium artist residency in Newtown, Ebbw Vale, whose general remit is to assess the impact of contemporary art practice on community regeneration.Over the last twelve months of this residency I have incorporated a number of creative research methodologies to interface with tenants and residents form Newtown as well as staff from the social landlord charged with their care. These have included interviews, digital stories and vintage makeovers. These methods have been used to build trust, create connections, boost confidence and attempt to change individual perceptions about their own contribution to the regeneration process. This approach has also provided material for a film, currently in development, that blends fantasy with reality to talk about how key decisions can drastically alter the course of the future.
Period21 Apr 2017
Event titleStorytelling and Place
Event typeConference
LocationCardiff, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional