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A Journey Through Modern Foundations: Re-Imagining Modernity in the Work of Photolanguage

Wilson, RM; (2018) A Journey Through Modern Foundations: Re-Imagining Modernity in the Work of Photolanguage. Design Ecologies , 7 (1) pp. 22-46. 10.1386/des.7.1.22_1. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reflects on the use of arts-based research methods to engage with a regional history of modern architecture and urbanism. Moving between archival sources and the remaining physical sites in East Sussex, the art practice Photolanguage documented and reimagined the modernist legacy in this region of southern England. Through photography, the gathering of found objects and notation, we construct ‘new’ narratives of place, working across, or in between the official, or dominant, narratives of local history. This reflection back on the production of work for the exhibition East Sussex Modern (2016) focuses on our adoption of the modern ‘sunken garden’ as a recurrent, topographic theme and our exploration and projective appropriation of found ruins as alternative examples of this official, municipal typology of public space.

Type: Article
Title: A Journey Through Modern Foundations: Re-Imagining Modernity in the Work of Photolanguage
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1386/des.7.1.22_1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1386/des.7.1.22_1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: photography, found objects, regional modernism, sunken gardens, ruins, figural latency, spatial dialectic, horizon
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057323
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