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Ghosts of the restless shore [Research portfolio]

Collier, Mike (2020) Ghosts of the restless shore [Research portfolio]. Book Chapters, artist, curator and editor.

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Book Chapter: Collier, Mike (2020) Place-walking: The Umwelt explored through our creative imagination. In Edensor, T. and Kalandides, A. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Place. Routledge. ISBN 978138320499

Book Chapter: Collier, Mike (2019) Ghosts of the Restless Shore: A Personal Pilgrimage. In: Walking, Landscape and Environment. Routledge, London. ISBN 9781315209753

Book: Collier, Mike (2015) Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, place and memory of the Sefton Coast. Art Editions North. ISBN 9781906832261

Exhibition: Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory (2015) [Exhibition] The Atkinson, Southport. 22 Aug-15 Nov 2015.

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Additional Information: ‘Ghosts of the Restless Shore: Space, Place and Memory of the Sefton Coast’ began as a four-day research walk coordinated by Collier along the Sefton Coast on Merseyside with artists, scientists and members of the public, first profiled on BBC’s Countryfile, in 2014. The walk was followed by a sustained period of research in 2014/15 organised by Collier and undertaken together with the artists and scientists into the social/natural history of the coast in collaboration with the World Museum, Liverpool and The Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership. Collier writes that ‘…many of the scientists (mostly natural historians) I have walked and worked with over the years have an innate, embodied engagement with the world. They collect data, of course, but their enthusiasm for, and understanding of, their environment is emotional and passionate.’ A questioning of the relationship between art and science, technology and the earth, runs throughout this publication and exhibition, with each writer/artist exploring it in their own way. The project also developed the idea of ‘Conversive Pilgrimage’ (a term ‘invented’ by Collier) – a methodology Collier subsequently developed in an essay for Routledge in the book ‘Walking, Landscape and Environment’ (2019), in which he summarises his reasons for adopting conversive pilgrimage as a creative research methodology, suggesting that the lists of flora and fauna created and shared on these secular pilgrimages embody the appreciation or understanding of “things in their singularity” allowing us to engage with ethical issues that confront us in the Anthropocene. All the work in this exhibition and publication examines, in one form or another, the way we (as culturally and socially informed people) interact with the natural environment, not just in terms of the way in which the landscape is experienced, but also the way in which it is interpreted and imagined.
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Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 15:07
Last Modified: 27 May 2021 11:10


Author: Mike Collier

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