Postage and Packing Free - Six contemporary artists and writers variously explore the idea of relic in terms of traces of previous eras and activities marked in our environment.
Publication date: 1 August 2009
Paperback 234 x 174mm full colour
To say that European landscapes are sprinkled with legacies and reminders of past cultures and events is to state the obvious. Histories are marked in the present, through stories told and through marks on the landscape, relics of former activities and events. Layers of history testify to the overlaying of one era on another; motorways run on routes established by the Roman legions; standing stones inter-relate pre-historic cultures and the business modes of contemporary heritage industries.
Together the artist/authors testify to the diversity of ways in which 'relic' may be interpreted as a concept, the extent to which histories are embedded in the everyday and may be over-looked or act as imagistic triggers for speculations about space, place, past and present. They also indicate a range of problems tackled by artists seeking the means to express something of a response to remnants from the past and ways in which medium and method, conceptually and intuitively, themselves contribute to articulating particular complexities from the past as marked in the present, and through their re-marking, becoming a past moving into the future.
Jeremy Diggle directly draws on Wittgenstein's theoretical musings, demonstrating, through performance, the evocative nature of words.
Tim Edgar explores a layering of history on the South coast, specifically a cave on the Dorset coast, a legacy of former quarrying.
Guy Moreton acknowledges Wittgenstein's repeated returns to the house overlooking the fjord when noting his own wanderings in East Anglia.
Zineb Sedira tackles the problem of presenting parallel narratives through film, an essentially linear medium, which she uses in conjunction with photography.
Harriet Tarlo walks. For her the physicality of the encounter with particular places is central to her response to place.
Ian Walker's focus is upon Swanage, the South coast town where Paul Nash and Eileen Agar lived briefly in the mid-1930s.
Edited by Liz Wells and Simon Standing
Also in this series:
Surface: Land/Water and the Visual Arts
Change: Land/Water and the Visual Arts
Fictions: Land/Water and the Visual Arts