trace.[instructions for mapping space], a new exhibition by Juliet MacDonald, Rob Lycett and Sophia Emmanouil

  • Opens 8th February 2014

trace.[instructions for mapping space] is an exhibition of maps and non-maps (drawings, films, photographs, texts) by artists Rob Lycett and Juliet MacDonald, and by participatory arts facilitator Sophia Emmanouil working in collaboration with members of the health and arts organisations Hoot and Out of the Blue (OOB). All participants and contributors investigate modes of mapping based on personal experience and memory, and take part in activities such as walks as means of enacting a sense of belonging and re-location. The show will include a collaborative animation piece, ‘Horizons’, made from 100 drawings by Lycett, MacDonald and Emmanouil. 

Rob Lycett collects data whilst walking through spaces (GPS tracks, drawings, photographs, writings), and uses this material to produce maps, animations and drawings. Two new artworks have been developed for the ‘trace.’ Exhibition: ‘Spiral Walks’ is a series of maps of symbolic walks that become playful interventions into the environment of the upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. ‘Stones’ are sculptural sketchbooks that record journeys as a collection of graphic object tracings (glyphs).

Juliet MacDonald’s location drawings follow the movement of people through urban environments. The film ‘Re-Animation’ is made from sequences of drawings conducted in four locations of transit and commerce in Leeds. For ‘trace.’ she has made two new composite drawings in Huddersfield town centre.

Sophia Emmanouil has run a series of creative workshops with the local health and arts organisations Hoot and OOB. Implementing principles from the practices above, these workshops explored issues of space, emotion, identity, belonging and creativity, enabling participants to leave a mark of individuality and map their journey through life. A set of instructions for walks initiated new pathways through the built environment. Objects collected/scavenged on these walks, and work produced in workshops are included in the exhibition. This structured and lengthy collaboration will continue during and after the exhibition.