An overview of all the partner institutions and other collaborators involved in the artistic research project Topographies of the Obsolete.


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Norwegian Artistic Research Programme initiates and implements Norwegian artistic research projects of high international standard. The programme intends to increase the understanding of - and develop and challenge the concept of - artistic research, in dialogue with relevant national and international environments.

The exhibition "Topographies of the obsolete: Vociferous Void" is a part of the British Ceramics Biennial 2013. The artistic research project "Topographies of the Obsolete" is funded by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.


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Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) is a leading institution in artistic research and offers the highest education in Norway in the fields of Art and Design

The Academy is the initiator of Topographies of the Obsolete, through their professors Neil Brownsword and Anne Helen Mydland.



Back for a third time in 2013, Stoke-on-Trent's British Ceramics Biennial will run for 6 weeks from 28 September - 10 November. The festival presents work from the UK's leading contemporary ceramic artists in a series of new exhibitions and special events across the city and in the spectacular China Hall at the original Spode factory site in Stoke town. In addition to the exhibition showcasing the best of the current crop of UK ceramics graduates, there will be a strong international flavour with work on display from France, Norway and China. In the city centre the AWARD exhibition will return to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery with a special award of GBP 10,000 for one of the selected artists displaying exceptional creativity in their work.

The British Ceramics Biennial is collaborating with "Topographies of the Obsolete", and hosts the exhibition "Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void".


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The vision of Bucks New University is to be a leading professional and creative influence, shaping higher education for the benefit of people and employers. Within a caring and supportive environment, to deliver high-quality scholarship, as well as focused research and professional practice.

They work with a range of partners regionally, nationally and internationally, and the University is one of the collaborating institutions in "Topographies of the Obsolete".

The University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893 as the School of Science and Art. We now offer education to over 9,000 students studying on a range of courses linked to the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector.


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Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. Their aim is to achieve sustainable growth in the quality, volume and applicability of their research; research that shapes lives and society is central to thier mission and the achievement of thier aims.

"We value what research is, what it does and we aim to support those who undertake it." 

NTU is one of the collaborating institutions in "Topographies of the Obsolete".


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Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) has 16 research centres and institutes and several specialised research groups. Many have national and international reputation, featuring key research areas such as materials science, art and design, sports science and engineering, biomedicine, and economic and social research.

SHU is driving and promoting cross-disciplinary research, such as encouraging traditional science disciplines to bring together artists, designers, healthcare professionals and industrial partners in their research activities. SHU is working in partnership with academic research institutes, industry, SMEs, public, voluntary and community sectors, and not least the end-users themselves to achieve economic and social transformation.

SHU is one of the collaborating institutions in "Topographies of the Obsolete".


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Newcastle University can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to Armstrong College, founded in 1871 for the teaching of physical sciences. These two colleges formed one division of the federal University of Durham, the Durham Colleges forming the other division. The Newcastle Colleges merged to form King's College in 1937. In 1963, when the federal University was dissolved, King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and latterly, Newcastle University.

The first Chairs at the Colleges were not only in fundamental disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, arts and literature, but also in the regionally important applied sciences such as geology, mining, naval architecture, engineering and agriculture. Newcastle became a brand name worldwide, known as a hub of industrial activity, with a strong civic university as its intellectual underpinning.

Newcastle Unicverisy is one of the collaborating institutions in "Topographies of the Obsolete".


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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is an internationally-oriented educational and research institution continuing a more than 250-year-old tradition of developing artistic talent and enterprise to the highest standards, based upon the independent work of each individual student. Through the years, many leading artists have been trained and nurtured here, from Caspar David Friedrich and Bertel Thorvaldsen through Vilhelm Hammershøi to Olafur Eliasson, Kirstine Roepstorff and Jesper Just.

The overriding objective of the Academy's Fine Arts Schools is to provide an academically ambitious platform for the development of all aspects of the arts.


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Founded on 1st January 2005, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel is Germany's northernmost and youngest school of higher education devoted to the systematic study of art and design. Thanks to an innovative course structure, the Academy's concept features a diverse programme of curriculum options in the fields of art, spatial strategies and design. The history of the Academy began in 1907 with the founding of separate classes in artistic design at the School of Applied Arts, the Muthesius Academy. It is a story of constant, gradual change in both curriculum and academic structure. The newly founded Academy of Fine Arts and Design will in future offer approximately 400 places for students.


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ENSA Limoges has for 20 years an ambitious policy for international exchanges with academic and industrial partners in Europe and China. Like the trading of porcelain that fits right from the XV th century in a dynamic exchange between Europe and Asia, ENSA develops a major focus for contemporary ceramics in the continuity of its historical vocation school of applied arts in the porcelain industry.


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Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) was formed in 2006 from the merger of two art schools, the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts and the Haute école d’arts appliqués, both over two hundred years old. Urban and international, it welcomes over 700 students from 40 different countries and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in fine arts, cinema, spatial design, visual communication, fashion, jewellery and accessory design.

Engaged in an ongoing dialogue with the art scene and the regional economic fabric, HEAD – Genève is constantly evolving and has already established itself as one of the foremost art and design schools in Europe.


A map of all the participants in Topographies of the Obsolete