Transcepts;  Davina Kirkpatrick, Penny Somerville and Mollie Meager; 2011

This is an extract from Davina Kirkpatrick’s PhD (2016) which gives an account of this shared creative practice.

“In March 2011 we had worked on both sides of the River Severn; on the English side

recreating the transect line Iain Biggs had originally created for Living in a Material World: A Documented in Between Ineffable Intervals, described in the introduction by Biggs as “a particular interweaving of creative work, scholarship, practical engagements and empathetic imagination” (2012:5). A transect line is a tape or string laid along the ground in a straight line between two poles as a guide for sampling. Cross-Disciplinary Location-based Enquiry into the Performativity of Emptiness then repositioning this on the Welsh side at Black Rock Nature Reserve. This was a method of orientating and focusing our various ways of working and acknowledging our different connections to this particular landscape. The transect line gave us a connected geographical and visual starting point (both between ourselves and with the historical line that Iain had created), that did not close down options for exploration. We could work from it at any point along its length, this was a useful framing device to manage the overwhelm that can often accompany how to start working and creating within a landscape and environment.”

Davina’s PhD,

GRIEF AND LOSS; LIVING WITH THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE. A PRACTICE BASED STUDY OF PERSONAL GRIEF NARRATIVES AND PARTICIPATORY PROJECTS.

is online here

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