Choules’ art deals 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 the artist’s itinerant practice of fieldwork – where a performance takes place, artworks are made and documents are generated.
FIELDWORK Q&A – May 2015
How is fieldwork part of your practice?
Fieldwork is my practice. I have an unfixed idea of what fieldwork is – it is multi-dimensional, has many roles in my practice, 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. For me, fieldwork is as much a working methodology as it is an art form… and everything in-between.
How would you describe your fieldwork activity?
I have developed an evolving framework for exploring different geographical environments and situations, using artist-led expeditions to encounter and enter landscapes. 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?
I work mainly in still and moving image, and the intermedia between sculpture and performance through my practice of fieldwork. Documents are made into a range of publications including maps, books and folios – these are distributed through exhibitions, presentations and other events. My recent fieldwork project Guide74 uses an expedition format to take an audience on a metaphysical journey to the Alpine regions of France, through a series of performance lectures involving spoken word, books, maps, objects, and photographic documents.