We’re back, summer has come to a close and what a relief to not be fighting the urge to go outside every two seconds…
Ok so to start this new module we have been tasked with a four week personal brief.
Develop a self-initiated project that responds to a subject, issue, cause or narrative that
is important to you. When considering the subject of your self-initiated project, we want
you to reflect on your personal interests, identity and experience
I started this brief on a train, I’ve been having to travel quite a lot in the last month for work and family reasons. It’s been a pretty good time to just think, research and note down everything I’ve been thinking about.
After watching the lecture material I went on to think about what it is I wanted to focus on…
Thoughts from the train…
I want to map something.
I want my map to almost be a topic that could spark debate.
I could make a ‘map of feelings’ by leaving graphs in different locations around st davids for people to filll in?I’m imagining maybe using a dot chart… with stickers available for people to place. What would be the point in this?
I guess it is like an alternative census?
The idea of a “critical social psychological geography” is put forward as a way to provide new understandings of the political significance of happiness measurement and mapping.
Earthworks is another thing to think about…
Taking massive inspirations from Jack Whitefield.
Maybe telling the story of an area?
Porthgain would have a rich history. Llangwm too…
Screenprinting using handmade inks??
Carn Llidi would also be an interesting case study perhaps.
Maybe a map that you can hold up to the horizon line at certain points of your walk to give you an alternative viewpoint??
Trying out different print methods would be really cool for this project.
Riso Printing perhaps
I love the work of Jack Whitefield! It is so physical yet considered. There is a performative aspect to it in that all of the pieces have marks made from time in West Penwith where the artist is based.
There is something pointless about it all which is also something I am leaning into at the moment. After years of there having to be a point to everything, a mission, making things for greater good I am increasingly seeing the value in these expressions of just being.
They aren’t causing more harm, they are documenting being.
There’s something pretty epic about that.
On one of my train journeys I started looking into the work of photographer and researcher Andy Hughes. I’ve followed his work for sometime and like how he distorts waste items into items that look like beautiful, weird precious objects. I hadn’t looked at what he was upto for a while and I was interested to see that he kept refering to a term ‘plastic hyperobject’, it was not something I had ever heard of before so I did a little more research.
“Global Warming cannot be directly seen, but it can be thought and computed”
“The actual Earth, as Thoreau puts it, now contains throughout its circumference a thin layer of radioactive materials deposited since 1945. The depositation of this layer marks a decisive geological moment in the Anthropocene, a geological time marked by the decisive human “terraforming” of Earth as such.
“The first significant marks were laid down in 1784, when carbon from coal – fired industries began to be deposited worldwide including in the arctic.”
I haven’t read the whole book but I did a lot of skim reading on the train. I like this new narrative. and visually it makes sense that we have added a layer of objects to the earth. That what is happening is beyond us and that we have unknowingly created a new geological layer to earth…
It also has the edge of feeling a bit like a conspiracy theory, but, as I’ve written about loads on this blog I think I have been searching for narratives that aren’t “do this and you can save the planet”…
“Clearly, planet Earth has not exploded. But the concept world is no longer operational, and hyperobjects are what brought about its demise. The idea of the end of the world is very active in environmentalism. Yet I argue that this idea is not effective, since, to all intents and purposes, the being that we are to supposed to feel anxiety about and care for is gone. This does not mean that there is no hope for ecological politics and ethics. Far from it. Indeed, as I shall argue, the strongly held belief that the world is about to end ‘unless we act now’ is a paradoxical one of the most powerful factors that inhibit a full engagement with our ecological coexistence here on Earth. The strategy of this book, then, is to awaken us from the dream that the world is about to end, because action on Earth (the real Earth) depends on it.”
Maybe look into getting my findings / mappings riso printed.
So it would be good to pose a question that I can respond too…
I’ve maybe gone down a bit of a rabbit hole with some of this stuff but I’ll have a go
How to give context to a changing world without putting ideas of extinction on people?
How to show people the wider context or history of a place without lecturing, how to make that info accessible, stylish and practical?
A riso graph publication.
Try to find ‘catching features’ for the viewer to line up what they are seeing with the real horizon?