Thanks Ben, I really enjoyed reading your posts and getting a sense of where our interests/experiences connect.
The image of your words and the mention of a 'muddled' interior of your head reminded me of a worksheet a counsellor once gave me - to get dominant, judgemental thoughts 'out' and onto a page so they could be challenged. I might play with the worksheet imagery later.
I, like you, and interested in the concept of The Commons - both from the angle of historic access to the land, and perceptual access to an experience of one-ness (of ourselves as Nature) - blurring boundaries between human/nature, masculine/feminine, gay/straight etc.
Yesterday I was out getting playful with the snow, melting it with my hands and feet, making racks and prints. I am very interested in Play as Research - Research that is done with the whole person, rather than a detached, intellectualised way of knowing. When I am touching the snow, or feeling the sun on my eyelids I am exploring where (if) I stop and my 'environment' begins.
Much of my work is about noticing what is around me - what my 'environment' (really don't like that word) wants to show me - whether on a walk or bike ride. By noticing what I notice I start to get to know myself for myself, replacing inherited ideas of who/what I am (including some negative internalised ones) with direct knowledge.
It makes me wonder what you notice? You mentioned a walk around Bristol, thinking about this work - what did you see/hear/smell/feel?
Today I want to work directly with some of your imagery - borrowed rather than appropriated or thieved? I want to explore the relationship between the digital and the physical, between something I can access only with my eyes, and something I can change with my hands.