The Common Line (2018-present)
A digital land art project combining the eco-activism of tree planting with the imaginaries of layered reality.
Context: augmented and virtual reality, community events, smart phone activities, self sustaining systems, immersion in living and computational ecologies
Imagine the longest possible straight line across the landscapes of mainland Britain. From the south coast of England to the north-west of Scotland. It traverses and connects an incredible diversity of places and landscapes… fields, farms and housing estates, shopping centres, roads and railways, schools, factories and mountain-tops.
Now imagine that line planted with trees. A linear forest with its own life rhythms, ecologies, and will to growth. What would happen if you could see that line, interact with it, and hear its hidden voices, ecologies and the politics of its places as you walked along or across it?
This is The Common Line. You can interact with it here.
The Common Line is being developed by Blind Ditch in partnership with University of Exeter Geography Department with Professor John Wylie and Dr Steven Palmer, creative technologists Controlled Frenzy and public art and campaigning organisationRural Recreation.
- 26 April 2018 16:00 – 18:00 public conversation event. University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Lecture Room 3, Carlisle – Brampton Road Campus
- 12 July 2018 15:00-18:30 prototyping event. Rickerby Park, Carlisle
- 13 July 2018 10:30-14:00 prototyping event. Rickerby Park, Carlisle
- 13 July 2018 15:00-17:00 public conversation event. University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle – Brampton Road Campus
- 15 September 17:00 presentation for Situating the Groundwork Weekender, Milton Keynes Gallery
- 16 November 9:00 presentation for Landscape Citizenships symposium, London
WHAT WAS SAID
‘oh I like that!’ ‘That is cool!’
‘I’d like to capture that image. Take it as your own image. My memory of going out in this park’
‘Those are my words sort of hanging in the landscape. I like that.’
‘I would think in terms of future proof, sustainable, I think very much about… you know you plant a tree for another generation to sit under so I think very much about something for the next generation so we have got a stewardship role of anything we put in the landscape.’
‘It would be interesting to say that tree’s gonna cost £30,000 over its lifetime. How do you do that? How do you put a price on that? Only if that requires attention every 6 months but it’s not going to for probably 15 years. So in its lifespan of maybe a hundred years old, maybe it’s only needed something for 60 of those years, so you’re putting a price on it per annum… and then not counting what it costs not to have them’
Primary Investigator on AHRC-EPSRC grant: Professory John Wylie, University of Exeter