When you Basically Live in Dark Souls (Part II)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a big fan of the Souls Series of games by Hidetaka Miyazaki. I especially enjoy how the art and level design accurately captures real Medieval European architecture and it’s degradation, it’s fascinating for me to see that come to life through the eyes and talent of a Japanese design team. Anyway, I was out with my sister heading to (rather appropriately for this post) the darkest place in my county, Woodchurch, in Kent. Which is a 3/4 on the Bortle Scale of Darkness

As we were heading there, in the middle of the countryside down a small road, we saw this tower off the road, and stopped the car to go and check it out. It was some full on abandoned medieval ruins and more exciting for me, they were not the touristic kind.

The Place is St. Mary’s Chapel in Little Chart, Kent, England. Built in 1200AD and then 740 years later destroyed by a V-1 flying bomb, also known as a ‘Doodlebug’ or Buzz Bomb… Check out the photos.

Firelink Shrine anyone? 😉

The Greenhouse

My journey into the unknown continues, marking out the waypoints and boundaries in this transformative liminal space of grief. It has led me to an abandoned greenhouse, in the grounds of a forgotten house.

It is a space in which inhabits the culmination of my research so far. Life being one plane of focus in the abstraction of the infinite.
Like vitricolous lichens pioneering colonies on the surface of glass.
It is a permeable ecosystem, a ruin of care where light can enter from every angle. It is a place where absence lives.

Signs, Punk and Liminal Space. –

So, I’ve been pretty busy with work and constantly thinking and refining ideas for my project and my essay, but also I’ve been sort of lost on what I really want to say with my project, and also in life generally after a lot of tragedy in my life over the last couple of years. I guess that when you feel like that, you subconsciously start looking for signs, for some direction and grounding, which can become quite surreal at times. I eventually realised that this in itself is a good starting point for my project. Being in that head space, exploring the ideas associated with attached significance to objects and events when maybe they would have been completely overlooked before. Sometimes this can be a huge hindrance to progressing, but sometimes you can find moments and meaning in things that can turn out to be beautiful and life affirming.
So I visited UCA library and took out a book by Peter Granser called “Signs”

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I found this book very helpful as an initial waypoint, and was intrigued by the titles of the contents ” The Impossible Un-Ambiguity of Signs” and “Lone stars, Lost amongst the Big Bang”
I feel the seemingly unassuming images tell a lot when framed within this context.
At some moment in time, these scenes held a lot of meaning for someone.

I also rented a book called Punk in Print, I have always been interested in certain aspects of punk mentality and in a sense it ties in with the idea of being lost, as punk gave identity and voice to a generation of people who felt “lost” there are definitely ideas within the genre which I want to explore further, although I feel like it shouldn’t be a main aspect of the work I produce.

At this point, after going on a few walks and journeys, down roads I’ve never been down and to places i’ve never been to. I realised I had collected reference and subject material for locations, styles and compositions that intrigued me. I had an idea forming.
I needed to go about collecting things for the images I wanted to make. So I got to ebay, after paying an outstanding fee I had on there from when I used to sell antique coins.
So now I am waiting on some items, exploring the idea of being “lost” as an overarching theme, whilst exploring some more nuanced material that I want to try to capture in the images I will go on to produce.

From the tutorial I had about my essay, I described and discussed my themes and the challenges I have had settling on a title. It was very productive having a second opinion and some other input on making sense of these abstract ideas that I had been having.

– Liminal Spaces Search
Psychoanalysis of Liminal Spaces
Existentialism
Surreal Modern debate on Philosophy of Existentialism relevence

Library Catalogue on MyUCA
Google Scholar
Essay Day Thursday

liminal
/ˈlɪmɪn(ə)l/
adjective

TECHNICAL
  1. 1.
    relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
  2. 2.
    occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

In anthropology, liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rites, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete.