That which flows from this
During September and October 2018 I will be making an action research project in the village that I grew up in. The project will conclude on the 9th of November with a contribution to the Edgework journal.
I have no fixed ideas about outcomes for this and, in a sense that is the point. I want to see what will happen when I turn my research tactics on a place I know intimately, but also not at all.
My starting point, ‘That which flows from this’ seeks to trace the trajectory of things, events and moments. Memories, perhaps that are triggered by a location but spread out ever more imperceptibly to the edges of consciousness. These grains of memory exist here beyond time. An eight year old’s memory sitting alongside the present both playing out simultaneously and connecting.
These are the moments I seek to illicit from others when I start to research a site but it feels toe curling to locate my own memories in my work. Do you really want to read about this? Are my own experiences of interest? Do they illuminate a place?
What will happen if I employ mapping processes that I use to get to know an unfamiliar place through the voices of others, in an environment that is bound to my own biography but really known only pragmatically? I grew up here but I know nothing of the history of the village, nothing of note about its ‘facts’ my experience is tacit.
Over this month, as I travel through this space I will begin to explore this personal map and test the validity or limits of my own research process, seeking to re-situate myself in relation to a mapping practice. To explore mapping as a way to capture complexity, which was how I came to to this practice, but I have never turned the camera on myself. Bear with me.
Extracting something from what is here will throw up fragments that can be studied forensically. Like sieving earth and examining the matter that is left as evidence, something that is both concrete and illusory. The testing of subjective methods as though they are facts.
I am undertaking this month long ‘residency’ here, and am delighted to work with Edgework (www.edgework.co.uk or follow @the_edgeworker on twitter and Instagram).
Working with the idea of a marginal practice in a marginalised place at the very edges of what people do around here I want to understand what draws me back here and what repels me. I will begin my journey by deviating from Adele Clarke’s ‘Situational Analysis’ and start by walking and annotating, drawing my own maps of daily encounters. This will hopefully provide a gateway into a psycho geographic hinterland… and beyond.