Interdisciplinary palimpsest: visual representations of coastal change combining digital craft and geomorphology

Risner, I. J., Naylor, L. A. and Marshall, J. (2019) Interdisciplinary palimpsest: visual representations of coastal change combining digital craft and geomorphology. Journal of Maps, (doi: 10.1080/17445647.2019.1578700)

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From rocks to clay, a shared interest in natural materials and their physical transformation provided the initial common ground for an interdisciplinary art-geoscience collaborative project that also opened up a novel and engaging public communication channel. Scientific data collected for a location-based geomorphology mapping project was collaboratively re-interpreted and re-presented as a craft installation by using digital technologies and hand-crafted processes. The project explored how creative practice can uncover and broaden narratives, layering interpretations whilst respecting and embracing the need for accurate visual representation of scientific data. As the practice-based element of a broader digital craft PhD research programme, the project effectively demonstrated an enlarged field of practice for digital craft. The collaboration resulted in a large-scale, porcelain panelled, wall-mounted installation for public exhibition and has led to subsequent significant unforeseen developments in the scope and outlook of research work undertaken by the collaborators. This paper reflects on the synergies between disciplines that were uncovered and how project challenges were met. We conclude that the project work acted as a ‘boundary object’ for the two collaborating parties, able to represent different values and fulfil different objectives for each party at the same time, while also moving forward practice for both.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Isabelle Risner’s PhD research was part funded by the Euro- pean Social Fund (Project no 09099NC05). Research support for Larissa Naylor was provided by a Royal Geographical Society (RGS-ESPRC small grant) during the collaboration, and by a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (NE/ M010546/1) during the writing element; Natural Environment Research Council.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Naylor, Dr Larissa
Authors: Risner, I. J., Naylor, L. A., and Marshall, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Maps
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1744-5647
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Maps, online 24 March 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
678081Developing a sustainable, ecosystem-based coastal climate change adaption routemap for policy makers and practitionersLarissa NaylorNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)NE/M010546/1SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES