About the project

Emma and Judit at Lewisham Park, Leeds, July 2012. Photograph by Tom Rodgers

Crown and Target. Photo by Tom Rodgers.

‘…milky way you will hear me  call…’  is a collaborative research project by artists Emma Bolland and Tom Rodgers and curator Judit Bodor exploring the relationship between place, memory and mourning.

The title is taken from the novel ’1980′  by David Peace,  a fictional re-imagining of the hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ in the late 1970s and early 1980s in West Yorkshire. Using fragments of the text as our starting points the research involves visiting sites that are described in the novel and gathering material through audio-visual recordings, mediating on experiences through the lens of Peace’s texts and collecting forensic flora of ‘edgeland’ botanical specimens.

Outcomes of the research are disseminated through new artworks and often co-authored exhibitions and publications which seek to integrate  visual practice, curatorial intervention, research, documentation, fictional, and theoretical writing.

This blog is an ongoing repository for our thoughts, images, actions, meditations, and texts developed in the process. We also develop a ‘library’ to further contextualise our research and influence our thinking.

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We would like to say thanks to the following individuals for their ongoing technical and critical support:
David Peace, Brian LewisRoddy HunterPenelope Whitworth.

This project is funded by Arts Council England.