FieldARTS 2024 // OPEN CALL

Situated on the banks of the Clyde, between the subtidal sedimentary flows of the Firth and the former Plantation Quay, FieldARTS is a research residency for infrastructural fieldwork in the arts and humanities. Occupying a hydrological vantage point on the Second City of Empire, the residency offers a platform for collaborative field research grounded in sites like Govan Graving Docks, BAE Systems shipyard, Hunterston power station, and the Eerie Port listening posts on Isle of Cumbrae as infrastructures through which the legacies of successive resource frontiers and contemporary mechanisms of military-industrial accumulation appear in intimate relation. Once dredged and engineered as a logistical conduit for tobacco, capital, and sugar from the city’s contrapuntal geographies, the Clyde is increasingly envisioned as an engine of infrastructural regeneration bound up in narratives of energy transition, militarised re-industrialisation, and urban renewal. At this material juncture of colonial sediments and transitional horizons FieldARTS asks how environmental artists, researchers, and practitioners might develop methods for field study commensurate with enduring processes of infrastructural dispossession and uneven redevelopment. 

We invite early career researchers, artists, and postgraduates to participate in a week-long programme of interdisciplinary fieldwork, research voyages, collaborative study, and public-facing events between 26-30th August. To apply, send a single-page project proposal and short CV to fred.carter@glasgow.ac.uk by May 5th. Field research costs during the residency are fully covered, while support for accommodation and transport is prioritised for participants without institutional funding or based outside Glasgow. 

MARITIME FRICTIONS // MAY 2023

 Co-curated by FieldARTS and Sonic Acts, Maritime Frictions was a collaborative symposium held at Ruigoord, a squatted community at the centre of the Port of Amsterdam’s Petroleumhaven that has defended itself against police eviction and port expansion since 1972. The programme included talks by Fred Carter, Charmaine Chua, and Liquid Time, a listening walk with Lance Laoyan, a screening of Michaela Büsse’s ‘Building with Nature,’ field demonstrations by the Embassy of the North Sea and Velma Spell, and, finally, a closing set by Nessim.

Watch talks, interviews, performance essays, and sound installations by Charmaine Chua, Liquid Time, Fred Carter, & Velma Spell here.

View photos from the event here.

FieldARTS 2022-23 // TRANSITIONAL WATERS

In hydrological terms, estuaries are always transitional waters. At the confluence of logistical, ecological, and capital flows, the Ij estuary and the Port of Amsterdam occupy an ecotonal space where freshwaters commingle with saline currents and a transitional energyscape shaped by the alluvial sediments of economic and metabolic circulation. Thinking through and across these shifting estuarine environments, FieldARTS was conceived in response to an emerging epistemic and methodological challenge posed by fieldwork in the environmental humanities: how can researchers and artists learn with and develop methods responsive to the semiotic, material, and historical specificity of “the field” in their thinking, writing, and practice? Combining artistic research, political ecology, field philosophy, and critical hydrology, FieldARTS takes up this question of situated inquiry as an opportunity to undermine and unlearn traditions that delineate or bound the field of study. Working at the intersection of logistical and hydrological fields that frustrate epistemic capture, participants developed immersive methods of reading the lived and lively ecologies of the Ij; turning the studio, the lab, and the field brackish. 

Order Field Docket (Sonic Acts Press, 2023) from Good Press (UK) or Sonic Acts (EU).

Read our special issue on Field Theory (2022) or contribution to Aquatic Encounters (Roof Books 2024).

Explore our fieldwork at the Texel Island dunes, NIOZ Marine Research Lab, IJmuiden sea locks, and the Port of Amsterdam here and here, or see our closing roundtable here.

Organised by Fred Carter and hosted by the Infrastructure Humanities Group in 2024, FieldARTS was co-founded in 2022 with Jeff Diamanti at the University of Amsterdam, in partnership with Sonic Acts and supported by NICA, ENLENS, and SGSAH.

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