Waterways - Multiple Exhibitions
- Submitting institution
York St John University
- Unit of assessment
- 32 - Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
- Output identifier
- M - Exhibition
- Bradford Industrial Museum
- Open access status
- Out of scope for open access requirements
- Month of first exhibition
- Year of first exhibition
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- Output has been delayed by COVID-19
- COVID-19 affected output statement
- Forensic science
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- Research group(s)
- Proposed double-weighted
- Reserve for an output with double weighting
- Additional information
- This multi-component output asks how the generative act of walking can be used alongside photography to reveal cultural forces that impact upon post-industrial landscapes.
Situated in Northern Britain in 2016, this research reflects upon how the leisurely pursuit of walking canal towpaths along the South Pennine Ring can be employed to examine Britain’s industrial past in relation to its post– industrial present. The walking-led methodology acknowledges Henri Lefebvre’s discourses on the non-linear conception of time and history and draws upon embodied forms of navigation and way-finding as a means to generate photographic images.
The aim of the project is to suggest that there is not a clear delineation between the industrial and post-industrial in these northern landscapes. Instead there is an irregular progression of history evident when viewed through the prism of landscape and specifically landscape photography with its ambiguous relationship with time and temporality.
This methodology re-imagines landscape as a form of palimpsest in which space is partially erased and overlaid with fragments from the present. The act of reading such images leads to these pasts and presents becoming interchangeable and indistinguishable.
This research has been disseminated in international published outputs such as Observations In The Ordinary [USA] and an exhibition publication for the Northern Light exhibition at Sheffield Hallam University, following the Northern Light Exhibition at Sheffield Hallam University’s SIA Gallery in response to an international conference. A paper delivered at the 2018 Northern Light: Proximity and Distance Conference expands the discourse of the work within an academic context. In addition, the work has been exhibited at a solo exhibition at the Bradford Industrial Museum, which has situated the work alongside museum artefacts from the industrial revolution. The work has also been shared with an international readership when reviewed in Art Monthly Magazine in 2015.
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