East GalleryNUA collaborates with East Contemporary Visual Arts Network on New Geographies
Throughout Summer of 2017, New Geographies asked the public to nominate overlooked or unexpected places in the region that they find meaningful and interesting to them.
By asking ‘what is a forgotten place that you think is important to highlight?’ people shared their stories, building an active discussion, which re-imagined our idea of ‘place’. With over 270 public nominations of overlooked places, the project created a new map of the East of England made by those who live in the area.
In response to these nominations, ECVAN partners have commissioned 10 artists – from the UK and internationally – to highlight some of those places with new site-specific work. This combination of local knowledge and world-class art seeks to create a new vision of the East of England as a place to encounter excellent art in unexpected places.
Each artwork will be different but all the projects will be united by one thing: their inspiration taken from the people and places where they’re located. New Geographies will create a new democratised map for our region whilst experiencing high-quality international art in unexpected locations. For everyone.
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As one of the partner institutions of ECVAN and the New Geographies project, East GalleryNUA, have commissioned artist duo Daniel Fernandez Pascual and Alon Schwabe, who collectively form spatial practitioners ‘Cooking Sections’.
Cooking Sections is a London-based partnership, created to explore the systems that organise the world through food. Using installation, performance, and mapping, their research-based practice operates within the overlap among visual arts, architecture, and geopolitics.
They have been part of the US Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; residents of The Politics of Food program at Delfina Foundation; and have shown their work at venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, dOCUMENTA(13), the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and the Centre for Contemporary Architecture in Montreal.
Beginning their research from the places and themes identified by the New Geographies map in 2018, Cooking Sections are working to produce a new artwork for a costal location of Norfolk. The project, which has the working title ‘Movable Estates’ considers the changing shoreline of the East coast, and seeks to rethink how we choose to live in, and on, unstable ground.
Over 2019 and into 2020, Cooking Sections, in collaboration with East GalleryNUA, will be working with students, residents , historians, and community groups to exchange stories of coastal erosion and begin debate over methods of adaptation to the changing shorelines.