Intersecting travelogues: Wandering through practices and archaeologies of space, place and time
Paul Landon’s research is built around an artistic practice that explores architectural and urban space, an exploration that is translated into time based images installed within and responding to interior architectural exhibition spaces. Landon’s doctoral project reconsiders recent concepts of media history and archaeology and relates them to specific questions raised by contemporary artistic practice: to the architectures and spaces of audio-visual presentation, to an archaeology of the city, to the mobile spectator of minimal art and installation practices. It promotes the activities of a corporeal, wandering subject that engages with the technology and spaces of media as sites of forgetting and recall. The doctoral project constitutes four exhibitions that have taken place in Helsinki over the past six years as well as a published text, a collection of wanderings presenting experiences of different places visited and the ensuing reflections that these visits spawned. Wandering structures and informs the text as it does the exhibited work, building on instances of arriving in unknown and distant locations as well as on moments of getting lost in a familiar city.