This wont be as much a blog – but more a list of the resources, ideas and links that were mentioned and referenced during the day.
The days themes – around reconnecting place with a sense of place (and its history) and the connection between fact, fiction, myth, and story with a particular locations has real resonance with the work of Eastern Angles. Throughout the day there was a theme around ‘digging deeply into a location’ – (I shall refrain from making a Leicester related cheap gag around @richard_third here).
For me interesting sub themes around authorship, app v mobile web and viability questions loitered somewhat uncomfortably.
Justin Hopper / Public Record
Justin talked around his work and presented Public Record focusing on a project in Pittsburgh which took 19th century crime reports, poeticised and re delivered them and replaying them in the landscape in which the events actually happened
Key notes and scribbles (from my note book – which means a combination of my thoughts and Justin’s words – a dangerous meeting place)
-‘awakening the ghosts of the past reveals resonance to the current world’ – re establishing a link between place and myth
-‘haunting with their own history’
– creating a 3d relationship between people, place and history – the vertical and the horizontal
– back to first principals – technology is a possible tool to achieve what you want to achieve – but not necessarily THE way. ‘you dont do something because the technology exists – but these technologies can be a way of dealing with the language of multimedia’. As a writer we live in a time when there are ‘more opportunities, more media than ever before’
– Kenneth Goldsmith (founder of www.ubu.com) ‘ in the 21st century pointing is the new writing’
Some points of inspiration (for Justin)
-Night Haunts see here by Sukhdev Sandhu
– Opera for a small room by Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller – see here (interestingly OIASR which was inspired by the opera record (vinyl) collection of a deceased man echoed a graduate piece which recreated a bedroom simply through facebook pictures – a piece mentioned the day before) . You can view extracts from OIASR here (and hear about the artists here)
– triple canopy here
Then in the afternoon
author and artist Rachael Lichtenstein talked about the process of transforming her book Diamond Street into an app. She used an interesting metaphor – the book as a box – a box that contains material / research / archives that a book itself cant hope to capture on its own
author of Diamond Street (its a small world – notice who the review is by and see above). But Rachael talked about the limitations of text – and wanting to take her audience on an etheral journey. Previously she had done this by author tours but with the emergence of the IPad a new idea emerged ‘to develop a new way of engaging with a literary text using new media and digital technologies’ in order to provide ‘different, immmersive ways of experiencing text’. Rachael talked about the technology ‘makes sense of what I do’ and of ‘ripping the book apart and scattering it within the walled garden (or within the veil)’.
Rachael has been working with Metal and App Furnace to develop an app that runs alongside the book. The app website is here. Rachael is working with the same producer (Francesca Panetta) behind Kings Cross London Street stories and Soho Stories (see this wired review) – both really well worth downloading and playing with.
It would be wrong of me not to – in the context of pyscho and mythogeography – to mention Geoquest (a project I produced at Dartington) and especially the work of the crabman (part of the Geoquest team). His A Sardine Box of Tricks is a handbook for anyone who wants to make their own ‘mis-guided’ tour or walk. Phil Smih (aka the crab man) is of course the author of Mythogeography which you can find details of here
where you can also read Phil’s text for a mis guide of Exeter which I referenced during the day.
I also referenced this project at MOMA – when artists who felt excluded by the curatorial policy of MOMA – used LAYAR to infiltrate the gallery and create a guerilla exhibitio (Uninvited DY) (see here or even better here)
Lots to think about – and as this is very rushed – a post i’ll be editing lots as its somewhat heat of the moment. To that end I’d welcome your suggestions for links and artists in the area of pyscho or mytho geography. Please do send me links via the comments page or via twitter on @matthewlinley