Happenstance Language of Objects Observation Poetry rag-pickings Signs and Signifiers Sounds of Spaces and Places

Lost Coordinates II


Lost coordinates:

Where untold stories         bleed

into images            beyond words


Where unheard sounds

of the spectral field           become




Now playing: Jim O’Rourke – Disengage

Found Art Happenstance I Remember Language of Objects Observation Poetry Psychogeography rag-pickings Signs and Signifiers

The Surface is a Zone of Encounter (An Assemblage)

I think that light makes material space … light is really the primary form of our habitation and makes surfaces come to life.

The surface holds what we project into it. It is an active site of exchange between subject and object.

Giuliana Bruno


Two sides of the border



    of mark making




Lines of travel




Whilst waiting

eye follows line

of divide    –  lit

spill      on surface

softening shapes

of solid geometry



Celestial movement in concrete

Cascade of perseids?

Constellations and star signs?








From the atlas of green worlds and frozen seas



From the atlas of mutant landscapes




Where the striped fish, with no name, shoal in the ocean of lambent light



Emerging language: futurescape

(in process)



The point at which surface folds

New ecological imaginaries

Ambivalence of the non-human world



When the colour & texture of the sky triggers a memory of James Turrell in the Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon.



High sun burns over thin snow. The very last snowball harvest.


New languages of underfoot



Spectrum edge

Light cuts



Interiors of darkness

Draped, infolding



Out of darkness

a huddle of shadows

settle to stillness


From the silence

quiet violence

of a whispered judgement



Material Surface / Mental Space

Optic / Haptic

Interior / Exterior

Local / Global

Past / Present

Present / Future

Public / Private

Found / Lost


Now playing: Lawrence English – ‘A Surface for Everything’ from A Colour for Autumn.


Giuliana Bruno,  Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Photographs from:  Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Koganei Park, Koganei, Tokyo; Meiji Shrine, Tokyo; Rosyth Station; Inverkeithing Station; Grounds of The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Abandoned railway carriage, Turnhouse Road, Edinburgh; Fife Coastal Path; Museu Colecção Berardo; Rosyth Churchyard; Lisbon; South Bridge, Edinburgh; Shinjuku, Tokyo; House Interior; Koganei, Tokyo.

Field Trip Happenstance Observation Poetry rag-pickings Signs and Signifiers



For a moment           hold

an          interstice         of

the      gloaming



Now playing: Eleh – ‘Measuring the Immeasurable’ from Radiant Intervals I.

Happenstance Observation Poetry rag-pickings



Fragile heat, March sun

Morning frost fizzle melt


Spring threads of creeper

–  sprung, in

Lip of light

and shadow play

≈ .


F i z z z z z z l e s

of morning frost


Now playing: Tristan Perich: Surface Image (performed by Vicky Chow).

Found Art Happenstance Observation Poetry Psychogeography rag-pickings

Time of the Vanishing ( )


That time of day in December when the last flicker of light gives way to shadow and smothering darkness

The sea a dark mirror, pulling down the sky


Time of the Vanishing (          )


Time of retreat


From the shore at Limekilns, 3rd December 2016, around 16.50.

Now playing: Loren Connors – Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko 

Found Art Happenstance Observation Poetry Psychogeography rag-pickings

Around about the Winter Solstice – 2015

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through the longest night

city lights                      nod

to the solstice moon


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with a turning of the sun, weak

but stronger,

the eternal return

of expanding light




New beginnings, or

slow endings?


Sun warmed,     stories

in the stones,     record

new chapters,    of

weather human writing




The Unbearable Loneliness of the Solitary Buckie Bottle


  1. Nicholson Square, Edinburgh
  2. Dunfermline Abbey
  3. Dunfermline Abbey Church
  4. Steps, Monastery Street, Dunfermline.

Now playing: Ralph Towner – Solstice

Encounters Happenstance Observation

Last Light



Conducting the last light of 2014

Now playing: Keiji Haino/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi – ‘A New Radiance Springing Forth From Inside The Light’ from Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery.

Encounters Field Trip Observation Poetry Psychogeography


Hail to the sky


On the longest day




…………………………………………………..hail the light



21 June 2014. Walking along an overgrown railway track near Crombie in Fife. As ‘night’ approaches, darkness fails to smother the light. Even the Giant Hogweed (?) appears to embrace the sky.

Now playing: Loren Mazzacane & Suzanne Langille – Come Night

Field Trip Poetry Psychogeography Signs and Signifiers

A H a u n t i n g o f L e a v e s

A Haunting of Leaves

t h e r e    –    n o t    t h e r e

a n    x – r a y    o f    s i l e n c e

a    h a u n t i n g    o f    l e a v e s


l u m e n    e t c h e d

f i l i g r e e    o f    s h a d o w p l a y

f a d i n g    f l u x    o f

e a r t h            r o o t            b r e a t h

a    f r a g i l e    g r o u n d i n g

a    p a s s i n g    c l o u d

h e r e    –    n o t    h e r e

From a walk in Wester Shore Woods, near Blackness Castle, south shore of the Firth of Forth.

Now playing: Jakob Ullmann – disappearing musics

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