That Which Flows From This.
That Which Flows From This was a one-month residency, which I undertook with Edgework, a social media platform set up by Layla Curtis, for artists who are interested in place. The starting point for this project was to begin with nothing and see what emerges from a set of simple actions; walking, mapping, talking. The purpose of the project was to remain open and see what flows from an established framework- a discussion with Edgework, a decision to walk daily and an agreement to make three posts per week for the social media platform.
During this residency I deviated from Adele Clarke’s ‘Situational analysis’, which proposes a method for mapping complexity. Each post that I submitted responded to one of the tactics Clarke uses to map and understand a context. However rather than taking on the role of researcher exploring other I used my own biography and experience, re-visiting the coastal village where I grew up and where I now live. The experience of undertaking this residency allowed me the space to really grapple with my relationship to this place. A place where I have a deep affinity but also dislike for reasons that have never been clear to me. During the residency I undertook a psycho-geographic approach, walking each day, photographing and talking to people about the village. I came to understand that the contradiction in my own experience was a response to the poor design, the bad architecture and the limited use of materials in a number of developments in the post war period, it could be abbreviated as crushing banality! These developments crowd the historic centre of the village but make no reference to the local grain or existing roads and pathways. In effect, they are fields of houses, commodities; rationalised economic units. However it became clear to me that not only is this housing impoverished in terms of design and therefore its contribution to the culture of the village, it is also a symptom of a changing post- war society. A historic move away from ‘community’ towards ‘independence’ – the suggestion that we must all be able to function alone or in nuclear family units. These houses also speak of things that we have lost. A connection to the deeper rhythms of landscape. The body. A distance between us and ‘the land’ so that we have become viewers of ‘nature’.
Below are a number of excerpts produced and posted as part of my research.
I have now composed a book of these posts comprising of text and images that could be described as a wander through the village exploring immediate geographies and less tangible notions that ‘flow’ from these walks. The PDF offers a preview of the print version to follow soon. Download PDF here: That which flows from this