Today

Today is my elder son’s 21st birthday…how did that happen? As his brother said ‘ a milestone’ … not only for him I’d say….

I’m also going to be travelling to Manchester later. The first time to the city in about 30 years apart from passing through on train journeys. I’m going to a family funeral in Salford and staying overnight with a cousin so, all in all, a significant couple of days which will be flooded with personal memories of childhood, family and University life and then all that followed will no doubt stream in.

I’ll try and detach myself a little from the process and watch it objectively and maybe even blog about it….

It’s particularly interesting as, because I am a single child (the  word ‘only’ has lots of cultural weighting…I prefer the Russian) I can share experiences of my family, friends, school etc with only a very few people; most of whom I never see as I moved away at 18. Already after a brief chat to ‘our Wayne’ on the phone he was reminiscing about the frogs in the pond in our garden and my father’s authoritarian style of child management!  More to follow. No doubt we will remember different events and the same events differently.

I’ll try to be objective but the results on here will be painted with a subjective and affective stroke.

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Research Paper- The struggle and the ? resolution…….maybe

This is a short post about the process of writing of my Research Paper so I don’t forget it…

I started over the summer with reading, knowing I was trying to cover too broad a topic . I got hopelessly lost in a  journey through local and national history.But I don’t really have a very linear idea of time and struggle with key dates and Time Lines and so on. I ended up not knowing what I was writing about in terms of past or present …

Eventually, after my tutorial I rearranged the paper and decided it was not going to  be in a traditional format. I got hopelessly lost in a ‘geographical sense’  as well and so started to think about the geography of the places, and time.

I really felt a physical sensation of negotiation of territory a little like a ‘flaneur’ but of time rather than place .I had things of interest I was attracted to but no real sense of direction. Not good for the objective questioning of a research paper. I lost track of what it wa about and had to work that out at the end.

I’d discovered the paper on  archaeological palimpsest  and had a book by Tim Ingold.

I really like some of what he says; his  lecture talking about  Lines not Blobs!! makes me think of some of digital blobs the Midterm review.

so negotiating a territory of communities.

He’s thinking of Biological and ‘natural science’. Interesting as his father was a mycologist! and you can see/ hear that in his ways of thinking…. rhizomatous or mycelium....?? one and the same

Then I discovered some Doreen Massey and her perceptions of ‘geographical space’

 Space is the dimension of multiplicity 

 Space presents us with the dimension of ‘the other’

and then thinking about Simultaneity in philosophical and  relativity theory….. and synchronicity in the same terms and even Jungian stuff.

God if I’m not careful my brain will explode!!

So what was the paper about….?   I could give it no proper structure and that was before a proper reading of some of Doreen Massey and Tim Ingold !!!!

Rather late on in the research paper I was still thinking about

  • performance of individuals from the p.o.v. of Richard Schechner,
  • experienced embodiment ( handy references here perhaps?)
  • performativity,
  • performative text,
  • utterance and writing

 and how they all played a part in the overall methodololgy of the research for the paper and then

the methodology of the writing of it..

I think I managed to pull it all together but still really need to think about how the space and time thing work with the idea of community/ ecosystem, simultaneity and performativity…. and then….

What the hell I am going to make to explain it!

Gareth Polmeer recommended Robinson in Ruins which I had seen in part when I was with John Seth but felt not relevant to my practice…Jonathan Shapley had recommended it again I did watch it and will describe this later

Jon Shapley – ‘What kind of Place is this.’

I went to Jon’s Preview Here is his website. jonathanshapley.wordpress.com

I’m always stuck by the huge differences between our work and the similarities and differences between the topics we address.

He often thinks of liminality from the point of view of place and territory but some of the concerns keep touching on each other.

Jon had booked this space ages ago and in theory I was supposed to have bee exhibiting with him but I didn’t get my act together.

Its odd because my Research Paper…the reason why I decided not to go ahead with the exhibition… has taken on a geographical and historical element.

We have been reading different theory books about place and he works in 2D.

He mentioned Robinson in Ruins…Patrick Keiller... as he thought it may be of interest to me