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An Attempt at Revealing A Place Through Walking | An Exhibition of Practice-Based PHD Research by Louise Bell

March 13 @ 9:00 am - March 29 @ 3:00 pm

The speed or pace of walking can enable a state of attention akin to drawing. This heightened way of seeing allows the walker to notice fragments, connections and complexities inscribed upon place. It is an phenomenological activity from which knowledge is gained by senatorial experience.

Louise Bell’s Plymothian grandfather left the city in 1939 when conscripted to the RAF. Equipped with a 1938 street map, Louise navigates the current urban landscape with pre-Blitz cartography. Each of the 6 walks are journeys to sites Ray may have visited but which, in the past 80 years, have significantly altered or disappeared. These walks are re-enactments of possibilities and form the grounding of a PhD enquiry.

‘An attempt at revealing a city through walking’ is an exhibition presenting practice-based research made in response to these investigative wanderings as well as archival documents and artefacts. Louise is examining traces of Plymouth’s blitzed past using illustration as a historiographic arts practice to “imitate the texture of the city.”

Exhibition opening hours 9am – 3pm Monday to Saturday


Devonport Guildhall
Ker Street
Plymouth, Devon PL1 4EL United Kingdom
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