Richard White

explorations in place and time

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Autumn Sound Walk

Portesham Sound Walk

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Up the hill out of Portesham

Rural icons,

church bells, ducks on the pond,

babbling brook already overflowing

With sounds

Is this the way to the Hell Stone?

remains of a lane

old apple tree dropping

small yellow fruit

crunching under my step

water tank rings to my kick

a gate sings in the wind


Looking out over grey windy seas silver

Dive sites

Brittle stars

Swyre Ledges

Hardy’s monument looms out of the mist

A lost factory chimney.

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Roofless farmhouse former film set

The year 1768 cut in the front door keystone:

galvinise screeches in the wind

old dry stones scrabble, clatter, collapse. Dry.

slow relentless decay

slow relentless advance

a sapling grows through ancient iron wheels


and in rusting steel tubes

a tattoo slaps and beats

A huge fiberglass tank becomes

for a moment





Circular walk from Portesham to Hardys Monument and back October 2013

South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, Dorset AONB, HLF funded project supported by WDDC
Download the sound walk autumn 2013 four track mix from DIVAcontemporary Radio

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Place and Time

AB digital natives

Struggling towards nailing down a PhD question I am here:

PhD Practice-led research

The earliest recorded expressions of humanity are about presence and place. In a time of enhanced connectivity, physical mobility and apparent dislocation from the land how do we express presence in a place? How do these factors affect perceptions of place? This future facing research is grounded in participatory artwork using both highly localised/physical and networked global/virtual engagement to articulate presence and place.

I am engaged with walking artists and want to work collaboratively using accessible tools, creating transformative experiences. I am making art that is accessible to many and is socially useful. I want to develop my work articulating what it means to be alive at a particular place, seeking to express creatively an understanding of identity in relation to place and time. I am fascinated in the development of pervasive computing and locative media, especially in the way that it is challenging our sense of who we are and where we are in the world. My interest is not so much on the technology, more on the impact it is having as it becomes more ubiquitous. I am developing a practice creating enhanced interpretations of places, performing the landscape, generating a profound, shared, immersive experience of place.

I am supporting the spread of digital media literacy, enabling wider participation in social networks and engagement with social media. I am interested in the intergenerational, insider/outsider communication of knowledge and understanding about place and technology that this will generate. I enjoy the interplay of notions of liveness and presence and I believe that these are key elements in making the work distinctive, meaningful and engaging. I want to make work that tests and explores those experiences

Through my PhD I will develop participatory strategies for effective virtual and physical engagement in such storytelling/memory rich, outdoor celebratory/heritage contexts. I want to make work that addresses the live performative phase and look at how I can combine online networked elements with locative elements to create that profound experience of place.

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“Eerie! Never walked, not a step, yet now transported alongside those walking”  message in Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses visitors book August 2013

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Creative collaborative working with Ali Pretty

Working with Ali Pretty

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This is a consciously analogue/digital alliance.

We meet as opposites and seek to complement our practices.

Ali is analogue. I am digital

I am a scuba diver. Ali walks on the land.

Ali’s work develops conceptually, I take snapshots and do live social media

I record sound inexpertly. Ali asks questions.

Together we initiate conversations, stimulate thoughts, challenge.

We do archaeology without breaking the soil.

We walk. Its physical. Its outside.

Whatever the weather.

We hold the ring and host a conversation with whoever shows up

We look for spaces and sights. Views and sites.

We carry or place additional audio or visual stimulus….

We walk, we philosophise, we imagine, we dream.

We listen.

We enjoy myths and memories.

Together we theorise

Together we create perfect moments.

Some to share, some to disperse in memory and in the ether

We hold the silence

I curate and cross fertilise social media.

Sometimes it comes back to us live or overnight.

Sometimes we have time for it to mature, evolve and cross fertilise

Ali writes. I can too

Ali makes beautiful paintings. I struggle in that medium.

I edit sound and pictures. I create digital assets.

I plan placing those assets back , virtually, into the landscape we have walked.

Using GPS or web.

Or export them for another form.

…and am grateful for the technical expertise of those who really know.