Nostalgias: an exhibition coinciding with Nostalgias: Visualising Longing a conference taking place in Margate UK

Dates:1 November 2013 to 12 November 2013

Exhibition:  Nostalgias

Pie Factory Gallery, 7 Broad St, Margate Old Town, Kent, CT9 1EW

The exhibition, coinciding with the Nostalgias: Visualising Longing conference (see, explores nostalgia for place, home, imaginary homelands. Focusing on photographic and sensory work that explores the interpretations of nostalgia and longing, the work in the exhibition is not in itself nostalgic, but investigates how nostalgia has manifested itself in contemporary art practice.

The exhibition shows a wide collection of responses ranging from Kate McLean’s Sensory Maps which categorise participants’ nostalgic smell memories, to Michaela French’s captured lights in A Collected History of Light. Photographic work includes Nils Olav Bøe’s tiny modelled scenes of staged reality that he has photographed, creating pictures of a threatening idyll and the work by Philipp Ebeling Land Without Past, which explores Germany’s non-nostalgia as a means of separation from the past.

Especially curated by Monica Takvam and Sam Vale to coincide with the conference, this exhibition brings together the work of 9 national and international artists from Taiwan, Norway, Germany and the UK, offering a unique range of questions and responses to what it means to long for another place.

Nicky Bird (UK)
Jacqueline Butler (UK)
Nils Olav Bøe (Norway)
Philipp Ebeling (Germany / UK)
Michaela French (UK)
Kate MacLean (UK)
Emma Jane Spain (UK)
Dafna Talmor (UK)
Chu YinHua (Taiwan)


For more information or press queries please contact the conference conveners Monica Takvam and Sam Vale on or visit our website You can also contact Monica on 07946947317.

The conference :

Nostalgias: Visualising Longing  Conference:  November 9 – 10, 2013

The Winter Gardens Margate, UK

Registration now open

Opening evening reception on November 8, 2013

This peer-reviewed conference explores the multiple concepts of nostalgia and how longing manifests itself within contemporary culture. It will examine, analyse and interpret the complexities of nostalgia and nostalgic sensibilities within art and media based practices.

Areas of exploration will include: photography, film, television, music, archives, consumer culture, psychology and social media. The diverse selection of papers will question a wide range of topics including; the development for ‘retro’ aesthetics in vernacular digital photographic practice; the use of nostalgia as an integral part of a postmodern consumption; and nostalgia as a sensory experience of the past that evokes cherished bittersweet memories.

The conference weekend begins with welcome drinks and a private view of the conference exhibition on Friday 8 November, followed by a full conference programme on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November. A conference dinner will take place on the Saturday evening at the Walpole Bay Hotel.

Speakers Include:
Dr Tim Wildschut (Keynote), University of Southampton, UK
Prof Nancy M. West (Keynote), University of Missouri (MU), USA

Jacqueline Butler, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Mike Chopra-Gant, London Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Sylwia Chrostowska, York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr Alison Gazzard, Institute of Education, London, UK
Dr J P Kelly, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Jane Simon, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia
Hui Ying Kerr, The Royal College of Art, London, UK
Christian Hviid Mortensen, Media Museum, Odense, Denmark
Philipp Müller, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany
Prof Maria Pilar Rodriguez, Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain
Anna Maria Kurpaska, King’s College London, UK
Rosy Martin, Artist, London, UK
Meg Jackson, University of Arizona, USA
Manuel Menke, Augsburg University, Germany
Dr. Gilad Padva, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Paul Kerr, Middlesex University, London, UK
Sonya Robinson, Sheffield Hallam, UK
Dr Shiro Yoshioka, Newcastle University, UK
Prof Carol Mavor, University of Manchester, UK

Registration for the conference weekend is now open and can be booked at:

Conference rate:
Two days: £120
One day: £85

Student Discount available – Please email

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