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I recently wrote about the book ‘Edgelands’ Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts.  The book encapsulates so much that we experience within our everyday and for some it is a place we actively return through intrigue and compulsion.  There are lots of words to describe various edgelands however the word itself really does capture the sense I get when i pass through or visit the outer limits or our urban life.  Photographer Dara McGrath has done a series of photos titled ‘Edgelands’ and like the book really resonates with me and highlights these mundane yet thought provoking wastelands.  Here is a link to Dara McGrath’s website:

 

Ergin Çavuşoğlu – Liminal Crossing (2009), two channel synchronized (1920×1080) HD video installation, sound. Installation view Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, 2009

I am currently reading Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture by Judith Rugg and Craig Martin.  It has a great chapter about Liminality and uses Ergin Çavuşoğlu art praxis as a case study regarding the thoughts and concepts about liminal places.  

Dust breeding – 2011

Within the chapter they discuss the importance that place and mobility have within a liminal place and how even though we have a fascination with the journey and moving we tend to go in circles and return to where we started:

“Despite the grand traditions of stories of voyage from the Odyssey onwards, the journey is so often to simply rediscover home, to become reacquainted with place: when Ulysses returns to Ithaca, it is to discover home.  Or, as T.S Eliot put it, as the end of Little Gidding:

 

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

 

(Eliot 2001: 43)”

This can be found on p.72.