‘Beyond interdisciplinarity: Situating practice in the art-geography nexus’. RGS-IBG Annual international conference 2016

  • Amy Elizabeth Woolvin (Invited speaker)

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Paper presented at the annual RGS-IBG conference. Title: Art as practice and method to explore ‘landscape’: reflections on being an artist-geographer Abstract: There has been growing exploration of the potential of art as both an empirical object and a methodological tool within geography. Likewise, geographers have been engaging with their own creative practices within the research process. The concept of ‘landscape’ is one traditionally associated with the discipline of both geography and art. Often regarded as a visual concept and the product of past cultural landscape ‘gazes’ associated with landscape painting. The proliferation of more embodied landscape research has challenged this, highlighting a more complex and fluid concept. This presentation will critically explore and reflect on the potential of art as a methodological tool and being an artist-geographer. In particular it will identify how these are not necessarily two distinct disciplines working alongside but both inform and are informed by the other, moving beyond interdisciplinarity. The presentation will focus on the concept of ‘landscape’ drawing on research undertaken in the Highlands of Scotland which utilised a ‘more-than-visual’ methodology. This included walking interviews and arts-based methods to highlight the potential for more collaborative engagements within research and landscape management. Specifically, it will identify the challenges that were faced in relation to issues of representation and exclusion when using art as a methodological tool. Alongside this it will examine how my own creative practice and academic research have been informed and challenged by the other. The presentation concludes by examining how artistic practice within research has the potential to engage with broader sensory experiences, emotion and memory to expand and re-vision the concept of ‘landscape’.
Period30 Aug 20162 Sept 2016
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map


  • Landscape
  • Artistic practice
  • Arts-based methods
  • 'more-than-visual'
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Geography
  • Art-Geography