Work in progress - Multiple Exhibitions
- Submitting institution
York St John University
- Unit of assessment
- 32 - Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
- Output identifier
- M - Exhibition
- Elysium Gallery, Swansea
- Open access status
- Out of scope for open access requirements
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- Output has been delayed by COVID-19
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- Forensic science
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- Proposed double-weighted
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- This multi-component output asks how photography can reveal the significance of urban planning and infrastructure for pedestrian experiences of the landscape in an era of climate change. Situated in California and Texas in 2015, this research draws on the difficulty of accessing and traversing locations in environments whose have been shaped by America’s continued reliance on cars and fossil fuels. It combines a walking led methodology that acknowledges social and storytelling dimensions discussed by Tim Ingold. The negotiation of these spaces is explored through an anthropological lens by investigating the embodied, lived experience of them on the ground.
The making, and curation of the sequential images locates American landscapes within a geopolitical context - specifically political motivations towards expansion and regeneration leading to air pollution and environmental damage in American cities such as Houston Texas. This is developed through a methodology of walking as a generative strategy and a form of sequential narration recorded using saturated medium format colour film.
This body of work is in dialogue with the New Topographic photographer’s from the 1970’s who explore the growing consequences of urban development and its related impact on the environment. New critical insights are formed which challenge Marc Auge’s (1992) notions of ‘non-place’s to suggest another kind of space which questions the binary place / non-place dichotomy that Auge discusses.
The positioning of photographs on billboards on the streets of Belfast extends the discourse to an audience of 400,000 commuters and provides a dialogue between the ‘non places’ depicted and the traditional ‘anthropological’ ‘places’ that Auge discusses. The project was disseminated in a solo exhibition at PS Mirabel and international group exhibitions in Fuse Art Space, Bradford and Belfast, in response to the COP21 climate change conference, and pressing issue of greenhouse gas emissions and its effect on infrastructure.
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