ADRIFT was a project commissioned by climate and culture organisation Cape Farewell in 2012-13. Over a year-long period of creative enquiry, I mapped the natural territories written into urban space: the peat bog underneath Elephant & Castle, Battersea’s tidal loop, and London’s bricked-up rivers, the Walbrook, Effra, Fleet… My residency explored the relationship between the environments we find and the environments we build.
The project developed through written and audio works, live events and talks at a range of venues from the Eden Project to the Science Museum, and culminated in two new walking performances inspired by London’s lost rivers and produced with Bishopsgate Institute and Southbank Centre: The Walbrook Pilgrimage and The Neckinger Pilgrimage.
I am currently working on a non-fiction book provoked by my year of thinking, mapping and walking the urban environment entitled London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City.
‘Engrossing yet meditative’
Natasha Tripney, The Stage