Narrating Place, Matthew Bissen, Paul Ritchard & Laurene Vaughan, mixed digital media, 2013

Curated by Matthew Bissen, Paul Ritchard and Laurene Vaughan, Narrating Place is an international collaboration that emerged from a series of projects and events the curators have been involved in, notably the Narrative Cartography Workshop held at ETH Zurich in June 2012. The film was edited by Paul Ritchard.

This site is the ‘about’ section for the project Narrating Place. The actual project outcome – a 15minute film is not viewable here. You will have to seek it out in exhibitions or screenings near you. Or you might like to invite us to screen it somewhere near you, if that is the case then please email us at narratingplaceatgmaildotcom

The aim of Narrating Place is to explore through a series of 45 second video pieces, a diversity of ways of narrating the experience and representation of place.  The phenomenon of place is a rich concept rooted in how we perceive and conceive our environment.  This is a concept which deserves continual critical and exploratory work to develop ways to understand how, through spatial and subjective experience we narrate a particular place. Individuals were invited to contribute to this work based on the curatorial team’s knowledge of their work and interest in the subjective representation of place. The invited participants come from the Americas, Europe and Australasia. The outcome is this rich mix will result in a unique commentary on and contribution to the affective cartographies of place.

The places that are represented are contemporary, historic, actual and synthetic; they are represented through the mediums of  film, animation and text. These have been curated into a video narrative which is being exhibited and screened in different locations around the globe, starting in Melbourne, May 2013.

The curatorial team would like to thank and acknowledge the support of the following organisations for their support:

The Art and Cartography Commission of the International Cartographic Association,

The Mediated City Flagship, Design Research Institute, RMIT University

The School of Media and Communication, RMIT University