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    Wandering minds: tracing inner worlds through an historical-geographical art installation

    Powell, H. and Morrison, H. and Callard, Felicity (2018) Wandering minds: tracing inner worlds through an historical-geographical art installation. GeoHumanities 4 (1), pp. 132-156. ISSN 2373-566X.

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    The human act of wandering across landscapes and cityscapes has carved the research interests of scholars in cultural, urban and historical geography, as well as in the humanities. Here we call for - and take the first steps towards - an historical geography of wandering that is pursued in the head rather than with the legs. We do so through analysing how our audio-visual installation on mind wandering opened up epistemological and ontological questions facing historical-geographies of the mind. This installation both modelled mind wandering as conceptualized at different historical moments and aimed to induce mental perambulation in its visitors. In so doing, it was intended both to stage and to disrupt relations between body and mind, the internal and external, attention and inattention, motion and stillness - and, importantly, between the archival and that which resists archival capture. We reflect on how we interspersed traditional scholarly historical and geographical enquiry with methods gleaned from creative practices. In particular, we consider the challenges that such practices pose for how we conceptualize archives - not least when the focus of attention comprises fugitive mental phenomena.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Felicity Callard
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 08:50
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 05:51


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