'Im/mobile lives in turbulent times'

9 Jul 2021
Images above are part of a series by Clare Booker

Congratulations to Professor Maggie O'Neill who gave the Keynote at this fascinating conference recently from all your colleagues!

In turbulent geo-political, social and technological times attention to the role of im|mobilities is important. This is both true in relation to mobilities as a diverse area of academic enquiry, but also in terms of what it means to make art related to mobilities and movement. The exhibition includes many different approaches to the arts in mobilities research, including art as research method, art and illustration as methods of understanding research and communicating outcomes, and practice led research by artists. It is often in the combination of these approaches that we find new understandings and insights into the turbulent and problematic circumstances that lead to or are caused by im|mobilities.

Im|mobile Lives in Turbulent Times Exhibition
Launch event 17.00-18.00 (BST) on 8th July 2021
Kaya Barry and Jondi Keane, Tess Baxter, Suzy Blondin, Clare Booker, Janet Bowstead, Rod Dillon & Jen Southern, Nick Ferguson, Gudrun Filipska and Carly Butler, Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel, Lucy Hunt, Aleksandra Ianchenko, Pia Johnson, Nikki Pugh, Clare Qualmann, Charlie Rumsby, Catarina Sales Oliveira, Max Schleser and Martin K. Koszolko, Stephanie Sodero with Jack Brougham, Aryana Soliz, Louise Ann Wilson, Heidi Wood.

The diversity of mobilities research, from the politics of migration control to corporeal acts of stillness and movement, provide insights that demonstrate crucial relations across multiples sites and scales of life, and across disciplines. The complex contextures of life and social order are made in and through the interconnected im|mobilities of people, goods, resources, particles, viruses, ideas, information and more. Turbulent times demand creative agility in art works and creative research methods that explore, for instance: the micro-mobilities of rocks, water and microbes, intentional and forced migrations, more-than-human mobilities of both animals and technologies, to transport systems from walking to flight, and interplanetary imaginaries of escape.

This peer reviewed exhibition was curated by Kaya Barry (Aalborg University) and Jen Southern (Lancaster University) from an open call, for the online conference Im|mobile lives in turbulent times: Methods and Practices of Mobilities Research, 8th & 9th July 2021.

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