PLACE: Occupation

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Host: Aldeburgh Music
Location: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP
Speaker: Award-winning writers, thinkers, musicians, film-makers and artists

Our annual cross-arts exploration of the culture and meanings of landscape returns for its fourth edition with a wide-ranging investigation into what it means to hold your ground and occupy a place. The word ‘occupation’ perhaps most readily brings to mind recent global encampments, but forms of committed engagement – cultural, social and political – have taken many different expressions. The theme takes on a special resonance, of course, with the centenary of the First World War.
In the cultural arena, as we live through an era of austerity, staying where we are might become a productive form of occupation, a new measure of success. Freed from the imperative always to move forward, standing still and taking stock gives us the opportunity to appreciate where we have come from and what we actually have. This vocational desire can also be infused with a heightened appreciation of the modest and local.
In the company of award-winning writers, thinkers, musicians, film-makers and artists, ‘Occupation’ will consider the rich variations on this theme, taking in readings, screenings, discussion and installation.
This year we are also delighted to premiere a series of new commissions, ‘Stay Where You Are’, responding to the theme by artist Jem Finer, poet Lavinia Greenlaw, essayist Jay Griffiths and film-maker Ben Rivers. Produced in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, they are funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

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