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Aerial - Memory - Resistance

A presentation organised by artist Valentina Bonizzi

open to the public 23 February - 06 March 2015

AERIAL - MEMORY - RESISTANCE is a presentation of archival photographs, artworks, filmed interviews and dialogues which explores conflict and resilience with invited guests and the public. It aims to prompt ideas and discussion about the perception and understanding of the aerial view in relation to representations of memory and conflict.

The stories follow experiences of human resistance and the impact of the Second World War on specific territories in Italy, France and Scotland. Using aerial images, from archival photographs to filmic observation, the presentation will explore how memory and methods of re-presentation can challenge assumptions of what constitutes territory, identity and resistance.



it is not down in any map; true places never are

Wednesday 04 March 5 – 7 p.m.

Limited places. Please book via Eventbrite:

Taking Herman Melville's phrase from Moby Dick as the title and source of inspiration for this event, an interdisciplinary panel of artists and researchers will discuss the representation of memory and new possibilities for reading the aerial view, the cartographic experience and what might constitute ‘true places’.

The event will be moderated by Valentina Bonizzi (DJCAD, University of Dundee) and Elisa Adami (Royal College of Art) and results from a conversation starting in Centrespace on the Sunday 1 March, culminating with the event on the Wednesday 4 March.

Guest speakers include:

Dr. Mark Dorrian, Forbes Chair in Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art -

Dr. Isabel Streffen, Post Doc Research Fellow, Bath Spa University -

Prof. Joseph Delappe, Professor of Art and Digital Media, University of Nevada -

And contributors from the University of Dundee including Centre for Archives & Information Studies, Department of Philosophy, and the departments of Fine Art and 3D Visualisation of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.


AERIAL – MEMORY – RESISTANCE is produced in collaboration with Cultural Documents with funding from Arts & Business Scotland New Arts Sponsorship Grant and IFSWW.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 12-4pm

By appointment visits can be organised with the artist (Valentina Bonizzi) by emailing

Image: Cartographer, 40x40cm, medium: lithography, Courtesy: Valentina Bonizzi 2015.

Centrespace, Visual Research Centre,DJCAD, located on the lower floors of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee.