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Craven Vale [Jane's plot]

 

The third in a series of short films about Craven Vale Allotment Site, on the eastern edge of Brighton, UK.
The site has been identified as potential development land for housing, in the Urban Fringe Assessment for Brighton’s City Plan.
Brighton council have been required by central government to undertake an extended consultation process, during which we will continue filming.
These films will capture peoples’ stories of growing, and the value they attach to green spaces on the urban fringe.

Craven Vale (the Carers Plot)

 

The second in a series of short films about Craven Vale Allotment Site on the eastern edge of Brighton, UK.
The films address the stewardship of green spaces, set against tensions surrounding housing needs in the broader political context of the Urban Fringe Assessment for Brighton’s City Plan.

City plans are part of the government’s national planning framework; ostensibly about local control the framework effectively gives central government more power over local planning decisions.

 

Craven Vale

 

The first in a series of short films about Craven Vale Allotment Site, on the eastern edge of Brighton, UK. These films will capture peoples’ stories of growing, and the value they attach to green spaces on the urban fringe.
The site has been identified as potential development land for housing, in the Urban Fringe Assessment for Brighton’s City Plan. There will now be an extended consultation process during which we will continue filming.

City plans are part of the government’s national planning framework; ostensibly about local control, the framework effectively gives central government more power over local planning decisions.

Common Ground

 

Common Ground is a sustained exploration of a marginal landscape, our allotment site.  Although physically bounded, the allotment affords a space for reflection as well as physical activity. My imagery reflects the dual nature of this local landscape.
The land I pass across has a history of which we are part (myself and my partner). Eventually we will leave traces just as the people before us have left something of themselves. Anonymous though they are, still their presence is felt in the way the land has been worked, modified. In turn we will impress ourselves on the site leaving marks, however fleeting. So the site echoes a history of shared experience, of common purpose to which we have become a part.

This marginal landscape is, “An essentially peopled landscape, the allotment fits unfamiliarly in contemporary cultural expectations, somewhere between the city and the country and yet representing neither contemporary projected landscape. It falls between being a public and a private landscape in the way that few others do.”[1]

The authors also identify an important distinction between observation and participation, between spectacle and active engagement in the landscape. It is this twin relation of a worked marginal landscape, which I am concerned with. Bill Viola comments that although, “Apparently exterior, the true extension of any landscape traverses both the exterior and interior of any individual. In short, landscape is the link between our outer and inner selves”. [2]


[1] David Crouch and Colin Ward, The Allotment. Its Landscape and Culture. Five Leaves Publication 1997

[2] Bill Viola, Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House. Writings 1973-1994. Thames and Hudson. 1995

Common Ground [smoke]

Common Ground (Japan)


One of a group of 16 images made during a one-month stay in Japan in 2006. The broader context for this work continues to be the current reconsiderations of our relationship to the built environment.
Just as in the UK what intrigued me was the Japanese response to a ‘public and a private landscape’ and how these contested spaces are negotiated in the context of the global 21st. century environment.