atlas

Group exhibition featuring works by Chris Cottrell, Evelyn Kwok, Marilyn Schneider, and a collaborative workshop by Josh Harle.
August 31st — September 30th
The Lock Up Cultural Centre,
Newcastle, NSW.

Join four emerging contemporary artists in their attempts to record, recreate and reimagine the world around us. Influenced by the theories of Foucault, Baudelaire and Debord, the artists examine how a ‘mapping impulse’ drives our understanding of the places we occupy.

LAND. HERE. publication

LAND_HERE cover

This publication collects a number of works from my Wild Creations residency in Fox Glacier, including student works from the GPS drawing workshop that I offered. Though documenting mostly video works, they are adapted to the book format to give a sense of their intended presentation. The publication is introduced by Joe Gerlach, a lecturer in geography at the University of Oxford.

There are plans for a physical edition of the publication, but for now it is available for download as an electronic publication.

LAND. HERE.

GPS trace from a 6.8km walk at the confluence of the Fox and Cook Rivers, South Westland, New Zealand.

This piece explores the propositional nature of mapping; the assertion that “this is there”. As a walked text piece the statement connects the direct experience of walking with a playfully banal statement of truth-testing.

fox glacier valley

Vertically tracking video projection
7 minutes 44s

Constructed from video footage recorded while walking in Fox Glacier valley, this video slowly tracks up the space in which it is shown. It forms a vertical section of the landscape, from the Fox River, up the valley and finally on to Fox Glacier itself. The work attempts to create a spatial document of this environment without resorting to cartographic encoding, seeking a balance between abstraction and the experiential act of walking through the landscape.

workshop : exploring visible and invisible borders in paris

I have been invited to participate in an experimental walking tour of Paris, along with a number of other artists, architects and cartographers. This workshop is as an extension of the Mapping Processes and Practices : Arts, Maps and Society conference, which I presented at.

The group I was a member of toured the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood in the 18th arrondissement, and were then asked to make a collage/map that represented our impressions of the area.

Photos are by Anne-Kathrin Reuschel. For more information visit the Art & Cartography working group website.

work–in–progress :

glacier mapping

GPS data collected over three week period.

This is an early sketch of some of the material gathered during my recent residency period in Fox Glacier, New Zealand. During the residency I undertook a dozen or so walks on the glacier, recording each route with a GPS device. With this work, my interests are in the experience of moving and navigating on the ice.

Resolving this piece of work will require an examination of the relationship between the line, movement and material experience, which I hope to achieve through a process of making physical and spatialising the collected GPS data.

GPS drawing workshop

As Wild Creations artist in residence I offered to run a drawing workshop for pupils of Fox Glacier Primary School. Over three sessions I introduced the idea of drawing on the land, beginning with historical precedents such as the white horse chalk drawings in England and the Nazca drawings in Peru and moving on to work by Richard Long and Hamish Fulton. After a session on using Global Positioning System devices to record their movements, the students then created their own digital drawings by walking carefully designed routes; walking as a creative act, rather than a means of travelling.

Student participants were : Ollie Clarke, Jacob Sullivan, Liam Sullivan, Lucas Bron, Rhys Hopkins, Charlie Jewell, Matthew Morgan, Bayley Sullivan, Peter Williams, Taryn Hopkins, Rhiannon Barber and Naomi Halford.

Thanks to school staff Lesley Gillgren, Rebecca Griffiths and Linda Holmes.