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Call for Papers - Traffic: movement / place / flow / mobility


A two-day conference, Friday and Saturday, April 15 – 16 2016,
hosted between Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art.
Event for research students, p.m. Thursday April 14 2016.

Stephen Felmingham, Land2, and Liz Wells, Land/Water and the Visual Arts

Artists now place themselves in the midst of the traffic of everyday life. They can no longer afford to isolate themselves or presume that they are ahead of the changes that are occurring in the world. Their art is formed in the process of working with others and within the institutions of everyday life.

Nikos Papastergiadis

This conference seeks to explore the symbiotic relation of artists’ activities and an understanding of the ways in which place might be conceived in relation to flows, traffic and mobility. An important aspect of the conference will be to explore the ways in which contemporary artworks understand both place and subjectivity as shifting concepts and to examine what agency that an artist or group of artists may have in regard this fluid notion of place.

This call for papers is open to artists and researchers from Fine Art and related disciplines, abstract of 350 words for a 20 minute presentation. Please indicate any exceptional technical needs.

Topics to be covered may include (but need not be restricted to):

  • Transport, society and art
  • The traffic in commodities and its infrastructure
  • Flows of population, migration, tourism and travel
  • Issues of the global in the local
  • Discourses of climate change, sustainable movement and art practice
  • Art interventions and the complex imaginary, material and virtual formations of place
  • Histories, memories and cultures of journeys and mobility

Deadline: Monday 30th November 2015

Proposals received by this deadline will be given priority by the peer review panel and conference organisers should there be more submissions than can be included in a two day event. Proposals should be emailed to

Postgraduate research students who wish to participate in a pin-up exhibition and discussion of research themes, methods and experiences should email, and copy to
N.B. postgraduate researchers are also welcome to submit conference proposals.