Art and Mobilities

Cemore collaborates with Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts on a Mobilities and Art research focus. Our researchers, visiting fellows and post-doctoral scholars do interdisciplinary practice-based research at the intersection of art and mobilities and engage in walking seminars, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

We have five key approaches to this field:

  • to support the development of experimental and performative interventions through art practice
  • to investigate the intersections between art practice and mobile methods
  • to include artists as collaborators and instigators in mobilities research projects
  • to include exhibitions of art practice in conferences and seminars
  • to encourage dialogue between artists around their contribution to mobilities studies

Through socially engaged, participatory and digital art we aim to engage with how sensory mobilities, practical making, exploration and navigation contribute to shaping the field.  The scope of our research is broad, encompassing everyday mobilities, socio-technical encounters with mobile technologies, virtual mobilities and game spaces, locative media, migration, health and wellbeing, and environmental change.

Through the Art & Mobilities network we seek to develop connections to other researchers and organisations in order to develop research into the histories of mobilities in art practice, theories of mobile art, mobile research methods, aesthetics of mobility, and the contribution that art can make to mobility and social change.

We also support art and mobilities practice through  mobilities.lab equipment loans for research and exhibitions.

Events and Exhibitions

2018 Art and Mobilities Network Symposium
2017 Mobile Utopia Exhibition
2017 Deep Mapping the Duddon Valley
2016 Situated Composition Workshop
2016 Echoes and Reflections
2015 Making Mobilities
2015 Where the Sky Widens
2013 Mobility Futures Exhibition

Cemore Fellowships

2018 Kai Syng Tan
2017 & 2015 Nikki Pugh
2016 Owen Chapman
2015 Trica Flanagan

Post-doctoral Researcher

2014-2016 Sam Thulin

Artist Associates

Emily Trowell, Katie Usher, Georgina Watson

Deep mapping the Duddon Valley

Artist Nikki Pugh has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship to help support a collaboration with Dr Christopher Donaldson (Lecturer in Regional History and Co-Investigator on the Leverhulme Trust-funded Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities: A Deep Mapping of...

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Art Mobilities Field Trip

Experience Mobilities of Memory: …, these sounds give way to fragments of stories from the men in the trenches; a stilted marriage proposal, an enquiry about health, a thank you for kippers sent through the post, a description of daily conditions and accounts of the...

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Historical Mobilities

Are alternative ways of modelling the relationship between past, present and future in order to move historical and/or text-based mobilities research rather more to the centre?

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“Instagrams” of 1901 – 1904?

Julia Gillen and her colleagues at the Edwardian Postcard Project are researching the early British postcards. She presents us her magnificent work on the proto-Instagrams.   I’m currently researching picture postcards of the format in use at the very beginning...

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Using a GoPro camera with dog-harness to film Ted, his handler, and a fake casualty during a training session with Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue team.

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Making Mobilities

On June 5th researchers and artists who focus on mobilities met at Lancaster University to present their work. The day began with presentations given by specialists that use wearable technology in their work. The workshop was for people of varying abilities and...

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Where the Sky Widens

Enthusiastic, curious people were invited to participate in a group workshop led by Nikki Pugh as part of a research project that investigates the use of sculptural, location-aware objects as a tool for thinking and talking about distant places. Read Nikki’s MA...

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