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New Geographies announces Tracing the East online programme

The World After, David Blandy, 2019

NEW Geographies and the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) have announced Tracing the East, a series of digital events and new audio-visual content that reflect on the traces of New Geographies.

New Geographies is a three-year project which invited the public to nominate locations for ten site-specific art works across the East of England. Eleven artists were commissioned to make ambitious new works.

The commissioned artists were: Maria Anastassiou, David Blandy, Marcus Coates and Leah Millar, Cooking Sections, Ian Giles, Krijn de Koning, susan pui san lok, Studio Morison, Stuart Whipps and Laura Wilson. Each artist has worked closely on the realisation of their work with one of the New Geographies partner institutions.

From May 1 to May 31, 2020, Tracing the East will be an opportunity to come together with the artists and ECVAN to experience some of the works that were produced and discuss and reflect on three key themes that emerged from the ten commissions: Population, Landscape and History.

Tracing the East will include: ten podcasts, five films, one soundscape, one audio walk and a live online game. There will also be two live performances and three live panel discussions discussing themes of Population, Landscape and History.

From May 1, 2020, material will be available to listen, browse and enjoy via

• The first four episodes from the series of ten podcasts from Studio Morison, Ian Giles, David Blandy and Maria Anastassiou

Open Ramble East – Queer walking guide by Ian Giles

• An audio walk by Cooking Sections, Moveable Estates, 2020

• Four films: David Blandy, The World After, 2019, Laura Wilson, Deepening, 2020, Stuart Whipps, Necessary Amendments: Homes for the People, 2019, Maria Anastassiou, Way My It Did I, 2019

• Poems by Mervyn Linford, inspired by The World After, 2019

• A soundscape by susan put san lok, Seven Sisters, 2019

• Archive interviews and in-conversations events from Ian Giles, David Blandy and Dr Merline Evans

• Downloadable unlimited edition artwork by susan pui san lok, Score for Voices, 2019

Three live panel discussions will take place on Zoom on May 4, May 14 and May 28. In order to view live, you will need to book before the event via Eventbrite. Please follow the link below the event. Instructions for connecting to the discussion via Zoom will be emailed to you before the event.

May 4 from 6-7pm, Population – discussing the changing communities of the East in relation to the LGBTQ community, immigration and population change, how do communities adapt and respond to change? Maria Anastassiou, Ian Giles, moderated by Dr Amy Tobin, Curator of Exhibitions at Kettle’s Yard.

May 14 from 6-7pm, Landscape – from local to global, the effects of climate change in the landscape of the region is addressed through storytelling with David Blandy, Studio Morison, Cooking Sections, moderated by publisher, writer and curator, Sarah Shin.

May 28 from 6-7pm History – how can the past that inform our future? The use of symbols and references to histories, storytelling and myths – with Laura Wilson, susan pui san lok, Marcus Coates, Leah Millar, Krijn de Koning, moderated by independent Curator, Kate Phillimore.