This evening the group met to make the final touches to our map and discuss the different practitioners that influenced our work. We made a list of things that needed doing:
- 3D train station and bridges had to be built.
- 3D Independent Gas Works needed to be completed.
- The distillery, the park and India Rubber Work had to be collaged.
- The information pack needed to be printed.
- The maps with today’s photos of the landmarks needed to be created.
- Complete Sound Map.
These tasks did not take very long and we were able to carry out these tasks quickly and efficiently. I then set about making T-Shirts, once again from the colours most prevalent within our map. The T-Shirts read Noisy Maps, Silent Walks. They are designed to differentiate our group from the others within the gallery and create a sense of continuity between ourselves and the physical project. In retrospect this unity could also be read as exclusion by our participants and give them a sense that we are higher than them, taking a superior role. This was not our intention however, and if we were to develop the project further I would suggest that the participants could transfer their personal maps onto a T-shirt. It could then be worn to create a visual unity within the group. During this session we also created our handouts for participants with images of what our landmarks look like today taken on our walk.
Bellow are the final copies of our paper work;
SS Independent Gas Works Information Pack
SS St. Mary’s Church Information Pack
SS Haggerston Station Information Pack
SS Bridge Information Pack
Below are the sound recordings from our walk between each of the Landmarks on our larger map.These will be displayed as part of our project on a laptop, participants will then be encouraged to listen to the sound recordings and make their own sound maps. These are also the recordings that we used to create the second layer of our map, the sound map.
We also took pictures of how the landmark looks today these will be handed out so participants can fins each of the areas.
This is the independent Gas works from the canal side. We decided this view was clearer so we would use it as the side that our participants should attempt to locate.
Once we completed the walk we spent some time talking to our tutor about our process at ‘The Proud Archivist’. This was incredibly useful and allowed us to clarify our intentions as well as update her on the progress of our map.
We then moved onto a hardware store in the local area in order to find some materials to create a frame for our sound map. We did this because we were concerned about it drooping in the middle when suspended from the celling. After much discussion the group decided on a metal as our material of choice, as it was the most suited to the aesthetics of our map.
It was also interesting to be sourcing our material from a local independent store and, by doing so, contributing directly to the local economy . The idea of using materials from the area is fantastic and is a brilliant integration of the object into the space. It would have been nice to be able to use local materials more readily and perhaps more from the landscape itself, such as leaves from along our walk.
When I arrived at Kayleigh and Laura’s for the next session of map making, Kayleigh had created a prototype for our 3D model of St Mary’s church. I was very pleased with the prototype as it was sturdy and in perfect proportion. We discussed that the final copy should be reinforced with card. Below is an image of the prototype;
After looking at the church as a group we started working on the sound map. From a personal perspective, I felt the sound element of our project was the most prevalent and most important. It created a comment on the space in which our project operates, as well as encouraging recognition of surroundings by our participants, one of our main aims. For this reason I was very excited about its creation.
It was decided that many different people would have different interpretations of the recorded sound. For this reason our second layer would be made up of three different Sound Maps.
Kayleigh and I decided to do ours together. However Kayleigh did hers on a piece of paper in order to prevent getting in each others way and taking influence from one another, as we are intending to encourage our participants to take their own paths and create their own opinions. When we finished we discussed what we had drawn it was interesting to discover our differences and similarities. One element that was constant in both was the continuous undertone at no point did either of us hear complete silence.
Below are some images of it progression, the black ink is my own sound map and the red is Kayleighs, we decided to stick to the colours of the Hackney coat of arms in order to connect it back to the area and create continuity between our bottom layer and second layer.
We met up again to further develop the bottom layer on our map. During todays session we became focused on working on what we had already decided. We outlined more roads and filled them in with our desire lines. The map is now looking busier and more aesthetically pleasing. At the end of this session we realised that we only had small areas on our bottom layer left to complete. We also decided that we would create the railway line out of small thin pieces of card to differentiate it from the roads. We decided to still have desire lines on them to represent the different journeys that people take on public transport as well as by foot.
We also started working on our letters and covering them with Maps from the area, this was a slow and intricate process but they looked great when finished.
Below are some images of how the map is progressing.
A few weeks later me and Kayleigh met to continue work on the Map. We started by defining the outline of the roads and landmarks. We then discussed the different methods that we could use in order to complete our map. The most prominent part of our Map the canal running through its centre, it is for this reason that we focused on it first. We decided that we would create a mosaic effect with a plethora of different shades of blue, to indicate that the water changes colour dependant on a variety of environmental factors such as weather and shadow.
We then Started examining the Basin’s that are very prominent in size on our map. For this Kayleigh expressed the desire to use words for inside the Kingsland Basin as inspired by the book You Are Here which looks at a variety of different maps as presented by various artists. I then suggested that we fill in the gaps with patterns that reflect the movement of the water. Also if you look closely at the patterns you can see small bits of nature such as bees and flowers that reflect the tranquil area that the basins are in in contrast to the busy concrete mass that is London.
The next task was to work on the roads, we decided early on that we would use red for the roads as that is how they a represented on traditional road maps. We experimented on some pieces of paper and arrived at drawing small desire lines and derives to represent our participants ability to change their city even when within structure as concrete as roads.
Finally we looked at creating the green areas of our map, the graveyard of St Marys church is represented by stencils of leaves and small cut out pieces of green card to once again impose a Juxta-Position to the ever present concrete in London.
During this lecture Kayleigh and Laura had prior commitments. As a result I spoke to my lecturer and it was decided that I would continue at home as she did not need to see our group for any specific reason.
Subsequently I spent the lecture hours doing some research into the Hackney area as a whole.
Throughout the project I have become acutely aware that as practitioners we are operating as ‘Outsiders’ Below is and article that I found on what that means for us as artists and the area we are operating in.
After falling upon this article I have become acutely aware of how important it is to understand the area that we are working with and do exactly that, work with it not against it.
For this reason I feel that it is important the emphasise the fact that we are not from the area, but we are leaving a mark on the area through our presence alone. It is hoped that through the freedom of our project for the participants to make it what they want it to be, we will take a facilitators role that does not dictate the final outcome but instead allows the participants to alter the site through their presence and share information about what they find.
Firstly as a class we examined our interpretations of the reading by Jane Rendell that we had been allocated the week previous.
- What is art ?
- Land artists is this site specific ?
- Land art as a critique of gallery settings
The third point is of particular interest to me due to our own project. We have created a hybrid of the land art that Rendell refers to and the gallery setting that is scrutinised by so many practitioners as elitist. It calls in to question whether our project can be inclusive and site specific at the same time as its display being in a gallery.
Personally I feel due to the welcoming atmosphere of the proud archivist and the geographical location of the café this should not be a problem when presenting the work as a site-specific theatre.
After this analysis the class moved to the proud archivist, I am learning to love this little café and was excited to return. Once we arrived we met with Anton who spoke to us about our various projects and it was decided that our map would be displayed in the centre on the room, the bottom layer of the map will displayed on a table while the acetate layer and letters will be suspended above. The table location will allow participants to move around freely and explore the map. Our audio recording that accompanies our sound map layer will be on a laptop on another table while there will be an empty table projected onto the back wall on a live feed in which participants can place their own maps when they return from their walk. Below is an image of the space;
During this lecture we also looked at the advertising campaign necessary for the showcasing of our work. It was decided that Angelia would create a flyer while there would also be a Facebook group created.