#9: Para leer en forma interrogativa… Everyday Perception

Looking and seeing are different things, and understanding depends on what we do with them; this is where phenomenological perception is vital to our field Koyaanisqatsi, made 40 years ago, is a movie celebrating the beauties of the Earth, and the impact of modern civilisation upon it; a stream of images upheld by a Philip …

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#8: “We shall not cease from exploration…”

“We shall not cease from exploration…”  Eliot’s advisory for perception. 3 We have been talking of the past, and of the present, and of the hauntological membrane of experience between them. That membrane is of course unanchored, timeless, a hiatus between the twin towers of objective evidence and lived documented experience. Between the two lies …

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#7: What’s the editor on about? Earth mysteries, phenomenology and psychogeography

Paul Screeton asks, quite reasonably, what’s the editor on about? Modern understandings of the past, says the editor…   Paul Screeton, Seaton Carew: What to call ourselves collectively is a topic which not only has its peaks of discussion while forever in flux, but also there are also elements of cultural tracking. Neo-antiquarianism distinctly takes inspiration …

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#6: That obscure object of desire: Leys, Watkins and ‘energies’

  (ill. Davina Ware) In 1972, walking up Glastonbury Tor, I was talking with a chap who, like me, had just hitch-hiked into town. As we approached the tower, he started talking about leys, which he’d just read about. For some reason, the topic sparked off something inside me; the next day I headed home …

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#4: The Ancient Spectacle Updated

Continuing our editorial musings on modern antiquarian implications Last time, our alt-antiquarian found themself side by side with a psychogeographer, contemplating the landscape and its variant pasts, real and spectral. And, our psychogeographer will point out, some of those pasts we imagine today are well-managed, staged dramas for a populace weaned on screened stories. There …

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#3: The Society of the Spectre

Places predate monuments; monuments imply a concrete materialisation of narratives that over time becomes more codified – the narratives become myths, become scriptures etched on to place. Journeys between places infused with narratives become less nomadic, more pilgrimages. Dominant cultures are taking shape, and represented on a landscape; alt-antiquarians need to note that the objects …

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