CHeriScape V

Newcastle (UK), 14th – 16th of June 2016

Landscape in Imagination and Virtual Future

The final CHeriScape conference looked forwards – and inwards into imagination.  The mental landscapes we inhabit are increasingly digital as well as remembered; new media is changing how people interact and even how they think, perhaps in a way similar to how landscape and heritage governed lives in the past.  This digital way of perceiving landscapes is just another turn to the ELC definition of landscape as areas ‘perceived by people’.  Perhaps it narrows ‘real world’ experience, but it also expands and stretches horizons. Landscape is no longer, if it ever was, only the local, the seen or walked/worked in; people ‘possess’ distant landscapes that are nevertheless familiar, and never more easily than through ‘new’ virtual media. These still-emergent technologies could enable increased democratic engagement with landscape heritage and with landscape futures. Our concluding conference thus explored how futures that grow from the past can be explored and imagined through new forms of heritage and landscape representations, and thus how present and future landscapes will be shaped and constructed.


Abstract Booklet

Briefing Notes


Session 1: Looking back from the future: The future legibility of the past

Keynote speaker: Julian Smith (CAN), Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape

Short presentations:

– Gabriel Caballero (SGN), ICOMOS Philippines / Grant Associates

– Daniel Lee (UK), University of the Highlands & Islands, Orkney College

Session 2: New Neighbourhoods, New neighbours

Short presentations:

– Mark Leslie (IRL), Martello Media

– Nadia Bartolini and Antony Lyons (UK), Exeter University & Independent artist

– Almudena Orejas (ESP), CSIC

Session 3: Looking inwards: Imagined and Remembered landscapes

Keynote Speaker: Julie Sanders (UK), Newcastle University

Short presentations:

– Elisa Giaccardi (NL), TU Delft

– Bill Herbert (UK), Newcastle University

– Sally Stenton and Judy Nakazato: ‘The Listening Stick’

– John Angus’s ‘Landed – Freeman’s Wood’


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