CCFT - is a group of artists, architects, designers and cultural theorists from England, Scotland, Norway and Cyprus whose practices, individually (and collectively), seek to consider the role of artistic research in shaping the legacies of place within the contemporary social landscape. Through the lens of each other’s research and evolving relationships, a collective work platform has emerged through trust and dialogue. CCFT’s approach focuses on practice-based research methods including; painting, drawing, photography, video, sound, sculpture, text performances, publication, events/exhibition, on site installations, design communication, social design, architecture, interventions and spatial practices that are engaged in constructing and questioning narratives of place making, place meaning and the constructed self. 

CCFT’s research is constituted through the methodology of travelling colloquia carried out in specific cases for study. These cases for study are constructed as interwoven, overlapping and interrelated meetings, investigations and dissemination points, designated as “Nomadic Dialogues” (ND)
As we move towards the first quarter of the third millennium, the impermanent and shifting influence of globalisation, economic division, migratory encounters, social media, historic narrative and tourism is having a major impact in our understanding of the making, belonging and occupying of place. It is widely documented that these conditions are contributing to a growing sense of displacement and alienation in what constitutes as place making, occupying, and belonging. ND is asking how interdisciplinary artistic research practices contribute and share new critical understandings to aid this evolving understanding of place making, belonging and occupying? 

The research will examine this through the expanded concept of “the atlas” as dissemination strategy - ATLAS – the order of memory - a form of mnemonic iteration – physical and virtual.Through this ND seeks to critically reflect upon and acknowledge the implications of participating in and engaging with the dialectic relevance of how the case studies are implicit to understanding the dynamics of our wider shared cultural and political knowledge of place making, occupying, and belonging enacting itself today.  

Perhaps the world resists becoming reduced to mere resource because it is a figure of the always problematic, always potent tie between meaning and bodies.

(Donna Haraway.)

CCFT group

Susan Brind

     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow,Scotland

Yiorgos Hadjichristou

     University of Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus

Jim Harold

     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Duncan Higgins

     Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK,

     and the University of Bergen, Norway

Linda Lien 

    Independent designer

CCFT will deliver a research programme through interwoven, overlapping and interrelated meetings, investigations and dissemination points in  ases for study designated as “Nomadic Dialogues”.

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CCFT’s research approach utilises participatory practices, fieldwork, empirical research, dialogical encounters, phenomenological and auto-ethnographic methods, underpinned by theoretical understanding where ideas and decisions develop through a responsive process in order to address both tangible and intangible knowledge

Andy Lock

     Fellow University of Bergen, Norway

Shauna McMullan

     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Johan Sandborg

     University of Bergen, Norway

Ana Souto

     Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.