SSW PUBLIC TALK: Dr. George Jaramillo


Each year SSW host a series of open talks to accompany our Summer Artist in Residence programme. These talks are set up to bring people together, share food and have vibrant conversations.

The 2017 talks are informed by our Frontiers in Retreat project, a five year EU collaboration exploring art and local ecologies. Invited speakers will come from a range of backgrounds with specialised and varied knowledge relating to the landscape in the North East.

These talks are free of charge and are followed by simple meal and discussion in the SSW bothy. Everyone is welcome!

Talk 2 : Thursday 7th September
Talk – 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Food and discussion 7.30pm – 8.30pm 

Dr. George Jaramillo
Research Associate, Institute of Design Innovation, The Glasgow School of Art.

Distributed Directions: Design innovation in the Highlands and Islands  

George Jaramillo is a designer and heritage specialist, with interests in rural landscape, industrial material culture, and ruins. His research focuses on the fragmentary and distributed cultures of the Highlands and Island where he explore themes of isolation, heritage, and labour through the cultures of co-creation, innovation, and uncertainty.

Talk Description:
George is currently based at The Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) in Moray, which is part of the Glasgow School of Art Highlands & Islands Creative Campus. InDI researches the new qualities of design that are needed to co-create contexts in which people can flourish: at work, in organisations and businesses, in public services and government.

At SSW we have been fascinated by their work, particularly their project Innovation from the Edge which highlights that change and creativity do not just come from central urban sites but that they also emerge from the edges of our country.

Their research aims to explore ways to build resilient, creative and confident communities and partnerships, and to connect and inspire others across the world.

Dr. George Jaramillo’s talk will discuss three aspects of their work: 1) the broad research programme of Archipelago 136 in the Outer Hebrides that explores themes of future heritage within the distributed island communities, 2) along with research-led student work within the Cairngorms that focuses on novel digital geographies, and 3) an ongoing co-creation textile project.

For further information on the talks programme, please contact:
arts@ssw.org.uk/ 01464 861372

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