This page focuses on what aspects of the arts and art making are most relevant to art as research and the outdoors as art.
Introduces ideas and practices to help explore the outdoors as art.
An interesting take on the problematic influence of the purity of conservationism and the impurity of development. From underground aqueducts to tree-bridges and fish that love sewage, indigenous customs could save the planet – but are under threat. Landscape architect Julia Watson shares her ‘lo-TEK’ vision
This is a great use of photography as research. Of particular interest is the power of the snapshot, the image we take without thinking, rather than the 'artistic' image we make through a deliberate act with a clear aesthetic, political or personal intention. Posting, showing or sharing a snapshot, however, is deliberate and gives us insight into the photographer as much as the thing being photographed.
Satellite images, internet speed and traffic information tell a whole new story about Covid-19. Exploring the idea of cyberspace as a digital place which is an adjunct to physical, analogue space. This article shows how understanding digital space changes our perceptions of analogue space.
Two great programmes on BBC Radio 4 today, Mon March 16th. There is stuff about Trump and Twitter Spats, American history, the role of popular movies in political or philosophical discourse or not, and an astonishing tale of the Astor Palace Riot in which Shakespeare and 'The English Actor' was responsible for the deaths of 31 rioting commoners at the hands of the US militia.
If you were to choose to explore your world through art, a map might be a useful thing to have. This page contains theories, ideas and information to help you think about how to make a map for your journey of exploration, to seek and gain knowledge through art. But knowledge gained through the arts …
I lived in Toxteth, Liverpool for a while. I was delivering an urban outdoor education programme. At night I listened to a pirate radio station called TCR or Toxteth Comminity Radio. One DJ was called Encosi Fly. He played Fela Kuti's 'Sorrow Tears and Blood' every night as his closing track. Like the thing about metal below, MOBO always seemed to me to provide an outlet for the grasping of the polemic and the political and render it personal. Music is a healing force in so many ways.
The album of my 16th year was 'Who's Next' by the Who. On it was 'Baba O'Riley' and 'Won't Get Fooled Again' I am over 60 and to this day these tracks make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and John Entwhistle's air bass comes out. We also listened to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'. This is such a true article. Metal and heavy rock generally for me is an outlet for disdain. It comes out through the music so it doesn't come out in my life. Metal is a lifesaver.
From 2019 this article ticks two boxes that interest me. Discussions about what constitutes masculinity and an example of art used as a form of research. Given an assumption that the patrriarchy still dominates power, then ideas about what it is to be a man must lie at the centre of patriachal power. These ideas hurt everyone, including those men in power. Researching this through words and images are presented for witnessing, like quantitative research is submitted to peer review. The responce is ambiguous, personal, situational and emergent, like art. This is a great collection of photography and journalism as research.