Submerged Territories

Ben Branagan, Luke Pendrell, Eva Verhoeven

Research output: Working paper


Submerged TerritoriesexploresDoggerlanda once inhabited stretch of land connecting Britain and continental Europe that now lies beneath the North Sea. A long lost, inaccessible, undersea realm for many years thought to be mythical, which, due to advances in submarine technology, is beginning once more to be explored and interrogated. A disembodied voice describes our attempts to explore and interpret this lost prehistoric territory accompanied by a slideshow of images that seem at first to propose scenes of the occupants, their culture and environs. As the narration progresses the slides relentlessly recombine and reconfigure and the account appears to fragment and digress, ranging across subjects as diverse as archeology, cosmology, technology and superstition. In the tensions and serendipity that ensue, we begin to glimpse the fragility, inconsistency and at times dark comedy that our attempts to make sense of the world expose. The exhibition is opens today Launch event Wednesday 20 September, 6-9pm. Book your free ticket here. I’ve also been invited to take part in the following symposium discussing the piece: Possible/Probable Worlds Panel Lecture Theatre BModerator:Tobias RevellSpeakers include:Oliver Smith,Dr. Georgina Voss,Luke Pendrell,Wesley Goatley.A presentation and discussion of future-facing and critical digital practices active at LCC. Participants from the exhibition will present and discuss methodologies and critiques and then engage in discussion with external academics and practitioners. 16 Sep - 20 Oct 2017 11am to 7pm 16 September - 20 October 201711am–7pm Monday–Friday11am–4pm on SaturdayClosed on SundaysLaunch event Wednesday 20 September, 6-9pm. Possible/Probable Worlds deconstructs the ideas behind Joseph Voros’ ‘Futures Cone’ and proposes a range of possible futures through interactive installations. This exhibition aims to challenge existing narratives about the future by highlighting their contradictions and questions the very notion of speculation, progress and futurity.Designs, props and snippets from futures will be displayed for visitors to interact with and to provoke discussions about how technology and society shape each other and our future.In addition to the practice elements of the research shown, the exhibition will present a selection of text-based material from the reading, writing and teaching of academics from LCC’s Design School who are engaged with ideas about critical design and digital futures.Investigate, interact and imagine.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2017


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