Walking art performance around the entire British coastline filming in High Definition (HD film) while marking a GPS line on a digital map as a way of tracing the physical border between land and sea and tracking narrative through recorded conversation to create a 6440 mile ‘drawing’. As an artist I am exploring concepts of drawing and narrative through the works I make.
This is a ‘living document’, inclusive and participatory by nature, documenting people’s experiences and relationships to the coast and what it means to them, insights into stories and lives that often go unrecorded and missed by history.
This website is a mapping and evolving collection point, linking activities at the coastline.
Everybody has an Everest. Always wanted to walk the UK coastline since reading 'Kingdom by the sea' by Paul Theroux as a youngster & John Merrill's coastal walk- 'Turn right at Land's end', Raban's 'Coasting' and several texts by Tim Ingold in more recent years.
Its one of the most spectacular and varied coastlines in the world, why would you not?
The UK Coastline is almost infinite if every rock was traced, 11,072.76 miles at mean high water mark (Ordnance Survey), far more than the approximate 6440 for road travel. First stage is the 870 miles of Welsh Coastal Path that opened May 5th 2012. Estimated 5 year duration
Documents a drawing performance using digital film and Geographic Positioning System data (GPS) & gpx derived scripts, the equipment and software used is readily available. The line drawing is created by traveling across terrain, as physical performance.
Videos are 12 times faster than stored originals and highly compressed for web accompanied with comment and conversation. I'm using drawing as a vehicle to document a contemporary portrait of the coastline using emergent screen based technologies to present this story in a meaningful way
Mail to: jez.hattosh-nemeth [at] uwe.ac.uk