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.
I decided to have a look at some different maps in order to find some inspiration for our own maps.
Below is an image of a road map we discussed road maps in our group and we recognised that one of the colours ‘Red’ is also a common colour of the way main roads are represented. As a result of this correlation we have decided to do our main roads in ‘Red’.
I also looked at body maps as I am intrigued by the internal journey that our project will take our participants on.
Some internal maps are used to detect heat and subsequently mood changes. This map really intrigued me and I thought the colours evoke a reaction for those who look at them. I will be interested to see what colours our participants use when creating their own maps and how they reflect mood.
As we have decided on the theme of maps I have decided that I want to look at internal journeys and maps subsequently I decided to take an internal journey.
I looked through YouTube to locate a recording of someone leading you through an internal journey the bellow is my response to this;
It took me a long time to relaxed into the experience but when I did I made my way through never ending fields full of luscious grass I began to feel safe and warm, at the mention of a distant figure someone walked in the room and because I was trying to focus I kept my eyes closed However because I could not see them and I had been previously so relaxed I became nervous and jumpy continuing the rest of my journey with my eyes open, this made it difficult to detach myself from my location however it was still possible to imagine the situations and locations being described.
Upon meeting the figure I realised that it was my Grampy Wilkins walking his dogs we had a brief conversation in which we talked about a Robyn sat of a tree and how unseasonal it was. Upon my departure I felt slightly lonely in the weather became slightly cooler I felt my body instinctively a pulled my body into itself, at this point I felt comfortable enough to close my eyes again as I made a journey down a narrow country lane, at the end of which was large concrete building that closely resembled a prison, it was starting to cloud over so I decided to go inside, upon entry it became apparent that the building was empty this marks the end of my journey.
I could no longer concentrate so I ended my journey part way through, I was also struggling with detaching myself from my actual location.
The main thing I noticed through this journey was that I found myself recalling a memory as opposed to creating a new journey or a path.
This made me consider practitioners who have previously examined memory and performance in community settings and how this could relate to our own Site-Specific project.
Within the book Making a Performance: Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices. The practitioners explore the idea that community performance can and should link to those who partake in it. He also looks at the idea of sharing stories within a community of any kind offers recognition of the past as well creating individual and are identities.
In terms of our own piece I feel that it important to recognise that it is not only Site-Specific project it also resonates with the community theatre branch, it will be intriguing to discover the different stories and memories that are explored during our project. I do not in any way want to stifle the area but instead allow it to speak to us I want to project to belong to the participants. This concept also links to the ethics of having audience participants something that I don’t want to ignore subsequently I have looked at the work of Gareth White who explores the difficulties when transferring audience members from passive to active. He talks about the embarrassment inherent in being asked to perform particularly in front of other people. We are aware of this issue but have allowed room for it by creating an inclusive project in which nobody will be expected to perform individually instead we will be facilitating conversation and it is not a requirement to speak at all.
Govan, E., Nicholson, H. and Normington, K. ‘Narratives of Community’ in Making a Performance: Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices. London: Routledge
As one of our tasks we were asked to create a map of a walk that we were to perform three times, because I am interested in the concept of silence in London and what one hears when we stop talking I decided to base my map on the work of Kurt Schwitters an artist that examined way of putting sound on paper, below is an example of his work;
With this in mind I completed my walks.
Observations of First Walk
During my first walk I spent my time speeding from Stratford Station to the Stratford campus due to being late, as I bustled through the busy high-street I noticed how everybody looked the same, moving in the same way everybody is trying to get somewhere not really paying attention to their surroundings.
Because I was consciously thinking about my surroundings I found that I notice a lot more the fundraisers that I normally breeze past without registering I was hyper vigilant of the way that they were accosting individuals trying to get them to donate. I found myself getting more and more angry for the individuals that cold not get away for the conversation that would inevitably culminate in the parting of their money.
With my interest in sound and noise in London I decided to do my second walk with cotton wool buds in my ears.
Although they did not entirely eradicate the noise it did allow me to experience the walk with an altered variable. On this occasion I was not late (for a change) so I took my time looking at the architecture which was incredibly beautiful Stratford is a massive Juxta-Position between the old and the new this is not only visually interesting but also makes for a diverse range of people.
I was also aware of myself throughout this walk, because I could not hear as clearly my other senses were heightened I was more aware of my surroundings and it made me slightly nervous.
During my third walk I made a sound recording of the journey, because I was making the recording I was profusely aware of the sound around me and I couldn’t help but notice the sheer amount, it is never quiet in the ‘Big Smoke’.
My Noisy Map
When I got back to my flat I played my recording and created the below map. The main thing that I noticed was the very fact that the recording was never silent.
First of all I would like to talk a little bit about the piece of wall art on the header of this blog.
Due to previous work in other modules I decided early on that my focus for this project would be dialogue. With this in mind I set about looking for various schemes and Art work that would directly relate to the above theme.
As a result I found this brilliant piece that I personally think sums up the attitude of Londoners. The idea that potentially people talk too much about things that ultimately are insignificant and mundane. So now I am thinking about the various other ways we can create a dialogue without going on and on and on and on and on… (Well you get the picture)
I came up with the following list;
- Body language
- Social Networking
So many projects have a theme that involves preaching a moralistic tale or holds a belief that it can in some way transform peoples values and behaviour. This can be perceived as rather patronizing as it holds the implication that something needs to be changed in the first place.
Subsequently I have become interested in the silences and what has not changed.
So now I am going to start examining what has stayed the same in Hackney what the borough has kept through all its physical alterations and how this can be communicated without patronizing the community are at the heart of the place.
Below are some images and the website that my header is from;