Luce Choules’ performances and sculptures deal with gravity, and digital works explore fluidity. Her praxis monitors Earth systems, accelerated change and social movement to investigate material and immaterial forms of transformation and transportation. She makes collapsing and adaptive environments that test and signal our capacity to be agile.
Earth systems and structures are changing daily – environments that took millions of years to evolve are in a process of accelerated change. Her fieldwork monitors these geographic shifts and geomorphic fields, whilst considering geology an ongoing event. Her surveys take place in mountain ranges, forests and deserts, rivers and lakes, natural parks and remote islands, post-industrial landscapes and urban centres. She founded the itinerant artist network TSOEG.org to extend fieldwork activities across a broader platform.
FIELDWORK Q&A – May 2015
How is fieldwork part of your practice?
Fieldwork is an embedded part of my practice. I have an unfixed idea of what fieldwork is – it is multi-dimensional, has many roles, and is a variable framework within which I make work. My fieldwork involves research, performance, survey, mapping, charting, documentation, and more – it is an itinerant mode of working that is experiential, experimental, changeable and ephemeral. Fieldwork is central to my praxis as an artist – not a separate or parallel activity – it is physical and involved, rather than academic theory or exercise. As an artist I have been shaped by my experiences in the material field of landscape and natural environment, and through my work and activities have developed fieldwork as an art form.
How would you describe your fieldwork activity?
My activities deal with an exploration of the Earth’s surface – unfixed topographical features and fluent spatial dynamics, envisioned as the activated spaces of landscape to be surveyed and mapped. Travelling between object and situation, expeditions form a framework for my itinerant practice of fieldwork. I have developed an evolving framework for exploring different geographical environments and situations, using artist-led expeditions to encounter and enter landscape. Through performance surveys, I look at the underlying structures of landscape – I am interested in the form of the earth, how I negotiate the idea of form, and how I navigate place.
How are you currently sharing your fieldwork?
My fieldwork activities trace through performance and sculptural concepts, and involve still and moving image. My extensive range of fieldwork documents for projects Guide74 and Estudio de Campo, are used to take an audience on metaphysical journeys to the Alpine regions of France and mainland Spain through a series of performance lectures involving spoken word, books, maps, objects, and photographic images. Other fieldwork documents are made into a large range of publications including maps, books and folios – these are distributed through exhibitions, presentations and live events.