The nomadic village: Communal creativity and political subversion in a temporary settlement

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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with nomadic artistic practices and the transformative and creative qualities of tourism. We are interested in how diasporic artists find meaning and context in which to produce art in temporary settlements outside the traditional gallery environment, and by doing so how these diasporic figures oscillate between the figures of homelessness, estrangement and belonging. This chapter looks at the interplay of travel, tourism and art by examining the Nomadic Village, an arts Council funded project that took place in May 2012 in County Durham, United kingdom. The site of enquiry consisted of an assembly of mobile living spaces within the rural village of Wolsingham. it was occupied by 30 artists from countries including the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Austria, France, the Netherlands and Australia who used the natural setting as a space to live, work and play. This chapter, thus, seeks to comprehend these itinerant hypermobile bodies who engage in a performance of expressive individualism born out of shared values of autonomy, experimentation and political resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTravel, Tourism and Art
EditorsTijana Rakić, Jo-Anne Lester
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
Chapter9
Pages129-144
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315549705
ISBN (Print)9781472410399
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

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