Sunday, 7 November 2010
Today two of the volunteers, John and Gavin, bought in a chunk of jet that they had found on the moor sometime ago. they also told me about the Magnetic Mines in Rosedale which has excited me beyond belief!
The more time I spend working at the site and at the museum, the more information about the land and the ways in which it has been worked ad 'read' in the past, the more anxious I find myself becoming by the sheer overload of possibilities. It is of course ridiculous to imagine that you might even begin to scrape the surface of this kind of subject in such a short period of time. The irony of it that I had set myself the project to look at the site and use it as a focal point to gather information around. I was keen to look at what it is that is so compelling about the land and why people have felt they need to study it so intently...
In order to try to begin to understand the overwhelming landscape, I have decided to begin to make a set of rules and categories to help me to dissect it. A system. Regardless of whether the data I am looking at it geographical, historical or folklore I will put it under one of the follow:
Square, Rectangle, Spiral, Line, Circle, Triangle. I am going to make some dice (inspired by those of the witch Nan Skaife of Spaunton Moor), if I can't decide on a category, I'll through the dice.
By setting up the shape categories I can start to order and collate the information. It also helps me to understand the links and parallels between the way in which information and data is logged in the field, in the museum archive and also when data is processed to make 3d models - triangulation and pixelation.
Also see below a model of the gallery space for the exhibition next year - the paint marks the gradient of the site on Spaunton Moor.