During those lockdown walks that anxiously paced out circles around home, I started to notice a new space to walk – the liminal space between road and pavement that I had previously overlooked. Now that I paused to step out to let someone pass at a ‘safe distance’ I saw the human debris that had come to rest in this space – often flattened by passing cars. I started to collect the debris. The act of touch at a time when touch was denied seemed significant – and the debris hinted at other human movements across the city and also at the stuff we humans routinely discard in our everyday lives. Stuff once taken for granted but now running short on supermarket shelves. Stuff often headed for landfill that I would find washed up on other pre-lockdown walks along the coastline.
Part of this series developed from Groundworks – Landlinks – a collaborative walk in isolation on 22 March 2020.
Lydia Halcrow’s artistic research focuses on collaborative and experimental embodied processes that make with a place to form matter maps that re-map a landscape in the context of the unfolding climate crisis. Her practice-based PhD titled ‘a thousand intertwinings: an exploration of embodied artistic processes made in collaboration with an estuarine landscape and its vibrant matter’ explored slow walking, the anarchive and counter-cartographies as approaches to tune into the materiality of a coastal place. Her lockdown works examined human trace through the ritual of daily walks circling the home foraging discarded debris in the liminal space between pavement and roadside.