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PROJECT | Fieldworking

This week Linda completed, to full draft, the Fieldworking project, which was funded by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. Fieldworking was intended as a year-long cultural writing project that examined public art and cultural space. In designing the approach for the project, Linda sought to write topologically, linking the writing with a walking process through field work. This involved several elements: undertaking walks in various localities, taking panoramic photographs at points along the way, and integrating ‘writing as research’ which required writing in a reflexive and careful way in the experience. The project weaves through the writings of Tim Ingold, Francesco Careri, Yann Calberac and other theorists to explore the flows of walking, space and topology, with particular emphasis on topology including a review of current literature.

Fieldworking is comprised of two major essays. The first is an exploration of a walking trail along a waterway in suburban Brisbane and the second is an exploration of SCAPE7 Public Art Biennial Christchurch in the post earthquake context.  I hope you will read them online. Feedback is welcome, so please be in touch if you feel inclined.

A side project – I spy … scenes from micro-suburbia – also emerged from Fieldworking, co-produced with John Armstrong. In the process of walking around the suburb, we became much more aware of the social interactions and processes that shape the place. This publication captures scenes from our locality highlighting some of the nuances and subtleties of suburban environments. While there has been a blossoming of engagement with DIY and tactical urbanism, it tends to overlook the complexity and difficulty of suburban contexts. It also tends to overlook the activity that is already part of the suburban environment. This project endeavours to present personal accounts, discoveries and narratives as a counter to the sometimes anti-suburban tone of current design, planning and academic discourse. It presents small scale encounters that indicate how the suburbs operate at multiple scales, as multiplicities, and offer a diverse palette of engagements and actions. The book was recently updated with a few more local discoveries such as feral food and new kinds of social space.


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