I've been interested in World War I for a number of years now, particularly in light of visits made to Ypres and The Somme as well as the discovery of a great-great-uncle of mine who died at the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915.
Although I never commenced my PhD, the subject is something I still want to explore, the title being: 'Empathy as an augmenting discourse between bodily experience and knowledge'
There are many different interpretations of the Geothean (a method of observing as described by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)) method, but the one I prefer to use is that described by Iris Brook in her paper, "Goethean Science as a Way to Read Landscape".
Lists play an important part in my work and this section contains a number of lists made over the last few years, from those written in preparation for a visit to Bełżec, Poland, to those written as part of a residency in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
Using a GPS recorder to plot and record my movements around a particular place had proved particularly useful. There is a distinct relationship between this and drawing, where the body is almost seen to draw itself on the landscape.
One of the many difficulties facing the visitor at Auschwitz-Birkenau, apart from the sheer, overwhelming, tangible horror of the place is the enormous numbers by which one is confronted. How can one imagine 1.1 million dead? How can one, amongst that mountain of disappeared people, find the individual to whom one might, in some small way, relate?