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Topologies of Air/Ruith na Gaoithe

Illingworth, Shona (2013) Topologies of Air/Ruith na Gaoithe. Sea Change for Cape Farewell Photo-text series. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45136)

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Topologies of Air/Ruith na Gaoithe explores ecological, cultural, social, military and historical perception and definition of ‘air space’ in the north Atlantic in the context of the proposed development of the Outer Hebrides as an ‘eco – energy’ producer. The transformation of natural phenomena such as wind energy into a significant economic resource and the impact this has on the perceptual mapping of the Outer Hebrides is explored through the development of a new approach to the multi-layered spatial mapping of place in which cultural, social, economic and scientific languages, stories, songs, poetry and mapping processes intersect in a series of photo-text works.

This research through practice project draws on interdisciplinary research undertaken in dialogue with paleo-ecologist Professor Anson Mackay and cultural geographer Dr Issie MacPhail, and on field research undertaken in the Outer Hebrides during a five week research residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, North Uist, in 2012. This included undertaking research in Council archives, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum archives and the Scottish Screen archives (Glasgow), and extensive interviews and recording of Gaelic song and poetry.

Item Type: Visual media
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Topologies of Air
Additional information: A selection of the photo-text series of artworks were exhibited in Seachange, an exhibition curated by Elinor Gallant and Ruth Little, at John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh 8 November 2013-26 January 2014 and were reviewed in SCIENCE and Leonardo online.
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Music and Audio Technology
Depositing User: Shona Illingworth
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 10:38 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:57 UTC
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