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Engendering Dialogue - Gina Wall image

Seeing Things Differently

Seeing Things Differently

Beth Fisher, Ingrid Pollard, Gina Wall

24 - 31 March 2012, Mon - Sun 12 - 4.30pm

An exposition of three artists' work brought together by Dr Rachel Jones, Philosophy, University of Dundee and Mary Modeen, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design to accompany the research symposium Engendering Dialogue II, Seeing Things Differently: Art, Philosophy, and the Futures of Feminism. Engendering Dialogue II is the second symposium held by this major research project which aims to build links between feminist philosophers, and researchers and practitioners in other key areas of philosophical, cultural and educational debate.

Funding for the symposium and exhibition has been generously provided by: The Royal Society of Edinburgh; The Scots Philosophical Association; The School of Humanities & Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.

Places at the conference must be reserved in advance. For more information about the research project and symposium please visit the website:

Public Lecture by contemporary philosopher Professor Tina Canter, (DePaul University, Chicago), The Sensibility of Art.

30 March, 5.45pm, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

The Sensibility of Art lecture is open to all and will be followed by a wine reception.

Artists' Biogs:

Beth Fisher was born in USA in 1944, and has for the past forty years lived mainly in Scotland. Her studies at the University of Wisconsin included a year abroad at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. After taking her MFA at Wisconsin in 1970, she lectured in print-making at Oxford Polytechnic before helping to set up the Glasgow Print Studio. In 1976 the family moved to Aberdeen and Beth joined Peacock Printmakers where she worked for 16 years. She also taught over the years at Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, and Gray's School of Art, from which she retired in 2004. She was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1989. In 2010 she had a major exhibition at the RSA which was partly the fruit of an Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Ingrid Pollard has played an important role in early 1980s photography, documenting black people’s creativity and presence in Britain. Pollard became known for her photographic series questioning social constructs such as Britishness and racial difference. While investigating race, ethnicity and public spaces she has developed a body of work juxtaposing landscape and portraiture which provide a context for issues of migration, family and home. Ingrid Pollard’s images are invested with a sense of belonging, are an act of belonging; be that through cultural, heriditry practice, experience or through a landscape. Coming from a community arts background, with a training in film and video narrative plays an important aspect of her work as does the materiality of photographic process within image-making.

Dr Gina Wall is a practising photographer with an interest in writing, completing a practice-led PhD in photography and philosophy at the University of Dundee in April 2011. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Photographic Dissemination: iterations of difference in the text of landscape and photographic writing, investigates landscape and photography in relation to text, and in particular, Jacques Derrida's expanded field of writing. Photography is taken to be a generalised system of difference, a kind of writing rather than a mode of representation: photogrammatology. Her current research interests include landscape photography, performativity and identity in relation to landscape and the dialogical encounter. In addition, Gina leads the BA (Hons) Fine Art and Fine Art Textiles at Moray School of Art in Elgin, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands which is Scotland’s newest university.

Centrespace, Visual Research Centre is part of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and is located on the lower floors of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee.

Image: Dr Gina Wall, Untitled, 2011, photograph,