Recent work in cultural geography, and in
particular that element based in non-representational theory, has re-imagined
how place can be interpreted. In terms of public space, there is a
growing interest in theorising the modalities of emotion, affect and feeling.
This presentation will first address the philosophical background this shift in
thinking about people and spatiality and secondly explore the possibilities of
this approach through an exploration of the spaces of the shore. Here
boundaries are fluid and shifting. Perspective is fluid. The coast is
stimulant. Activities become discoveries. Spaces become memories. The
boundaries of the imagination, the known and the unknown, are revealed. This
physical and cultural ground, this edge, becomes process. By walking, playing
and being, distinctive relationships are forged between people and coast.
Illustrating the value of photo-voice methodologies, the presentation will
explore the ways of sensing the conditionality of these relationships in
sensorium of the shore.