HD film with sound, 8.50mins

Archive material supplied by The Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

Commissioned by In-Situ
Available online at In-Situ

Outlines is the outcome of Traditional Boundaries, an artist residency funded by Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund through Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership.
Outlines tells an abstract story of borders in the landscape. It focuses on the process of dry stone walling, combining stop motion animation, text, field recordings and archival material to explore a history of these traditional boundaries.

The film is guided by four narrators: a walker, a farmer, a waller and a stone. Across their four voices, we are guided through shifting perspectives on the habitat, imposition, resilience and spectacle of traditional boundaries. Between them a conversation evolves exploring history, labour, geology and ownership in the countryside.

The work is a digital roaming of landscape, through tactile emulations, archival materials and meandering text. The animation reflects the process of building dry stone walls; stones gathered up, assembled, undone, worn smooth and put back together again.

Essay written during project development

Film stills