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Inventing the Landscape

Please join us for a live studio recording of new film to mark the culmination of Alexandra Leykauf’s ARC Fellowship in Essex featuring talks, performance and discussion investigating the origins of landscape – how it is represented and the ways in which we understand it.

For her Fellowship, Leykauf has been carrying out research into the cultural histories of Essex landscapes. Specifically, how is it possible to represent a landscape – through images, ideas, politics or the natural world – and what is it that informs our understanding of the landscapes which we move through, both in our minds and our day to day lives?

The event will include a presentation by Lekauf on her work and findings during the fellowship from literary treasures unearthed in the University library to the hidden markings in the fields north of the estuary. Actors from the E15 Acting School will perform selected passages from texts chosen by Leykauf from Journey to the Centre of the Earth to Seamus Heaney. A panel discussion between Leykauf and artists Sophie Sleigh Johnson and Melissa Gordon will consider readings of landscape as an embodiment of history and a mediating image of culture.

The audience for this event will witness the live production of the film and be a crucial part of the final edit which will be a central part of Leykauf’s forthcoming exhibition at Focal Point Gallery.

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Southend Central Museum & Planetarium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of our project partners: