Designated Sites of Tranquillity 2004-6
This project explores the idea of tranquillity mapping and responds to research carried out by Geographers at the University of Northumbria (UNN) in conjunction with the campaign for Rural England and the Countryside Agency. The research took the form of a social survey which looked at what people thought made the countryside tranquil. This information was then analysed statistically to produce maps of Northumberland National park and West Durham Coalfield.
Initially a series of photographs and sound pieces were produced by following the research process, documenting the participatory appraisal work and talking to countryside users. Once the maps had been made I visited the sites deemed to be most tranquil and produced a series of photographs.
On one of these visits a cini film was discovered in the ruins of a demolished building, then pieced back together and transferred to DVD. The resulting film ‘Peaceful stream, quiet hill’ was created by re-editing the found footage, adding sounds recorded in the location where the film was found and text from UNN research documents.
Follow this link to see the related video 'Peaceful Stream, Quiet Hill'.
This work was exhibited at NGCA in February 2006 and has subsequently been included in their permanent collection. I also presented a paper about the project at the conference Sounding Out 4 at the University of Sunderland 2008, a pdf from the talk is available on my academic page here
Article in NY Arts Magazine Fall 2010