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Michelle Rowley. 
Going to Ground

2019. Laugarvatn area, Southwest Iceland.  

With my collaborator Sally Weaver, we devised an experiential an embod- ied performance informed by the practice of ‘deep mapping’, an interdis- ciplinary and investigative process that seeks to interpret place and its many layers through performative interactions whilst also responding William Heat -Moon’s suggestion to “fit ourselves in the creases” (of place)from his book PrairyErth (A Deep Map) We are familiar with the idea of ‘sense of place’, however deep mapping often involves a ‘sensing of place’. This is a more sensory engagement with land and landscapes. In our action we embed ourselves in this extraordinary landscape and demonstrate our sensing of an environment often overlooked by the tourists on their way to the spectacles of Iceland’s Golden Circle.

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