Along the Outskirts was a project that developed out of a year-long residency with Metal in peterborough. The project reflected on the growth of the city of Peterborough and the liminal landscapes that exist along its peripheries.
Outcomes from the project included: a website with articles related to the Peterborough landscape, audio recordings with local people, short films and information, a group exhibition with artists Jessie Brennan and Matt Lewis at City Gallery in Peterborough, a 60 min film and a series of photographs collected into a catalogue introduced by writer Ken Worpole
Most cities share a complex and evolving dialectic between the rural and the urban. Through the project, we will explore this dialectic and suggest the alternative notions and experiences of our cities, whose identities are usually formed from fixed centre based perspectives.
The project aims to highlight the complexity and evolution of our modern landscape by documenting and tracing the outskirts and edges of the city of Peterborough. It can be argued that there is an increased urgency in the current climate, to explore, document and highlight these ‘uncharted’ areas as they are continually re-constructed through the effects of urban sprawl, environmental change, government policies and increased geographic mobility.
Land and the environment more generally, is becoming a contested space with its uses debated and strategized over.
You can listen to a Resonance FM show featuring an interview with all three artists here…Resonance FM.