The London Nobody Knows (1969) – Psychogeographic Fluctuation.

Norman Cohen's filmic version of Geoffrey Fletcher's 1967 book, The London Nobody Knows, could hardly be called an adaptation.  With the book being a mixture of personal documentary and the historical exploring of London streets, its narrative is one purely of journeys if anything else.  Cohen was already used to this blurring of fiction and … Continue reading The London Nobody Knows (1969) – Psychogeographic Fluctuation.

Wire and Grass: Landscape Binaries in Television and Reality.

At the recent Alchemical Landscape conference in Cambridge, there was some interesting analysis of the portrayal of landscape in the opening sequence of Alan Clarke's Play For Today episode, Penda's Fen (1974).  The point in the analysis was to show the subversive nature of the opening in regards to its melding of two potentially differing realities … Continue reading Wire and Grass: Landscape Binaries in Television and Reality.

Wanders: Sebald, Sizewell and Dunwich (Suffolk).

"The contours of the Sizewell power plant, its Magnox block a glowering mausoleum, begin to loom upon an island far out in the pallid waters where one believes the Dogger Bank to be, where once shoals of herring spawned and earlier still, a long, long time ago, the delta of the Rhine flowed out into … Continue reading Wanders: Sebald, Sizewell and Dunwich (Suffolk).

Wanders: Alan Garner’s Edge And Cadellin’s Home.

"When I was not confined to the house, I would spend my days and my nights on the Edge." - Alan Garner (1997, p.12). On a frosty but sunny January morning, I was making my way along the M56 towards Macclesfield.  The pilgrimage was not one of unique exploration but one of repetition; I was … Continue reading Wanders: Alan Garner’s Edge And Cadellin’s Home.

Wanders: The M53 Cavern (A Northern Concrete Island)

Dérive 1 - The M53 Cavern (A Northern Concrete Island) - 23/12/2015. In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters … Continue reading Wanders: The M53 Cavern (A Northern Concrete Island)