My work as an artist/researcher has for several years been investigating our relationship and understanding of post-industrial wetland spaces of the North West of England͘ specifically the Greater Manchester and Cheshire wetlands.
First proposed by John Duns Scotus (1266–1308), a haecceity is a non-qualitative property responsible for individuation and identity. That property or quality of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as ‘this (one)’.
By re-examining how our developing digital technology is altering our perspectives of post-industrial spaces and their future value my observations as both artist and walker will offer reflections of the communities who once lived on the land. Those people who understood fully the Haecceity of place.
‘Haecceity’ offers an opportunity for me to revisit wetland sites within and around Warrington. Research will be conducted at various locations to collect data using a FARO laser scanner. Such scanners are used commercially to digitally map and evaluate spaces offering a fixed abstracted analysis on which all future planning and value of land are based. Contrary to popular belief Mosslands offer geological and archaeological heritage dating back thousands of years whilst at the same time offering solutions to many future ecological and environmental issues relevant to the communities of Warrington. Data and visual information collected during walking journeys will then be compiled to inform a re-imagined view offering a new perspective of hidden yet familiar landscapes offering a dialogue between the past and our future understanding challenging cultural associations of ‘the wasteland’ as somewhere to be conquered and controlled in order to mark progress.
Through this residency I aim to bring together the history of place and a reimagined vision of future understanding and appreciation of these unique spaces and our relationship to them occupying the place where our digital and physical worlds overlap.
This blog will document and follow this journey, my location visits, data collection and stories told along the way, finishing finally with the residency itself.
I would like to thank Culture Warrington for their support in offering me this residency and look forward to working with the team at Warrington Museums in 2018. #Haecceity