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Cartographic Interventions

Cartographic Interventions

The idea for commissioning the works for the Cartographic Interventions came out of our Measures that Matter workshop, in which we discussed what data the Future Places Centre might produce and how those data could be used. A bigger question emerged; how can we really grasp all the complexity of life in a place such as Morecambe Bay? Is the word ‘data’ useful in this context? The Bay is the site of such an extraordinary and exceptionally rich array of different stuff, human and nonhuman, animal and vegetable, living and non-living, that normal conceptions of data capture seem inadequate. How can we represent the myriad realities that make up existence in the Bay? How do we take account of what is not fully understood, or even not yet known, or may never be known properly? Out of these discussions the idea of mapping emerged as a way of thinking about how we represent at least some of the uncountable ways of being that the Bay encompasses. The scope of what can be mapped extends far beyond physical terrain, and can encompass scientific, social economic, artistic, political, environmental data and, in doing so, can offer new ways of looking at complex situations and for discovering new evidence. We thought of maps as ‘interventions’ in knowledge, intervening in some space of concern, and enabling that space to be more amenable to understanding. The idea of the map also meant that whatever is represented is still clearly a form of data, something that is given to be measured and represented, however idiosyncratically. We settled on the term ‘Cartographic Interventions’ as a way of enframing how artists might respond to the Bay and its environs.

Meet the Artists

  • Núria Rovira

    Núria Rovira’s work investigates the non-human cartographies of lugworms, through data collection tools such as GPS tracking. Núria recorded her own walks on the mudflats in Morecambe Bay, searching for lugworm castings, through video and GPS, and made casts of the castings which were part of an installation at White Elephant Contemporary, a gallery in Morecambe.

  • Jo Gorner

    Jo Gorner created three short audio works as a soundscape of birds in the Bay, which she hopes can be used as a form of therapy in residential care homes, particularly with people experiencing memory loss, through listening to the ‘bird landscape of sound’, which would have been the background to their daily lives.

  • Rachael Eastham & Maria Major

    Rachael Eastham and Maria Major produced a comprehensive sound map, celebrating heart-healthy activity all across the Bay. They recorded sounds from every part of Morecambe, from the clock tower to the lapping waves, as well as scripts written using participant data from the project.

  • Karen Lester

    Printmaker and illustrator Karen Lester looked at the shifting dynamics of the salt marsh areas of Grange-over-Sands and Arnside. Her two sets of prints reflect the changes, with what was once beach at Grange becoming salt marsh, and marsh turning to beach at Arnside.