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Creativity

What makes creativity matter for urban orientation? How can urban places and spaces foster or encourage more creativity?

Care

What does it mean to care for an urban place? How can care be practised faithfully in highly complex environments?

Criticality

Why is criticality necessary for urban beings? Why should criticality be necessary for ecologically conscious orientations?


Something you put there, 
I put there,
to stop the wind, the water,
the crystals and polymers
we hadn't learnt the worth of. 

I scrambled up like an infant
my body
unfolding,
finding tarmac to walk on
finding buildings
to suspend itself inside.
All those places emerge quickly
briefly.

A pressure
on the soles of my feet,

a certain breeze on my cheeks

a cove, warm and strange,
and a swirling composite of cliffs

as hollow as a sponge, 
pockets where I had paused
to look about at the sea, 
the sand, the clouds above
a halfway harbour. 

Projects & Places

Pause: small stories is an artistic project exploring how places, our attitude towards and our relationships with them have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This project is made up of writing, photography, music, sculpture, visual and other multimedia art pieces that either reflect individuals’ experience of place during lockdown, or stems from a place in which those individuals have spent a large amount of time. Whilst giving people a chance to navigate the closed space and shrunken places of lockdown, it also looks at how this change might shape how we view place in the future.

Steps, stairs & ledges is an artistic research project exploring these specific aspects of place; their symbolic and aesthetic presence, their literal impact on our movement, and their conceptual use. This project uses steps, stairs and ledges, both real and imagined, to explore issues of accessibility, progress and the relationship of change between us and our environments. In this project, creativity often takes place contemporaneously with being in place, through photography and writing, but it is also reflective. Specific, contextualised places, or composite creations of multiple places (from memory, imagination, or real images) are also explored through music. This project is intended to open up how we think of and about steps which might affect our interaction with places in unusual, fun, or profound ways.

UPCOMING – Waiting in between is an artistic research project exploring those urban places and spaces which are specially designed to both suspend and facilitate various movements, of people, animals, materials, objects. Stations, waiting rooms, supermarkets, shops, shopping centres, lobbies, bus stops, parks, virtual places.This project aims to challenge people to consider how these places come into being. Through research, interviews, poetry, stories, photography and music the project encourages us to look again at these liminal zones which are archetypal contemporary places. The Covid-19 pandemic has also expanded the range of potential inbetween places and spaces, and understanding our relationships to/with these can allow us to more easily navigate disruptive transitions that affect us mentally and physically.

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