I have been invited to contribute to the MA module in Site Writing led by Jane Rendell at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Site-writing (a term coined and conceptualised by Rendell) is a critical and ethical spatial practice that explores what happens when discussions concerning situatedness and site-specificity enter the writing of criticism, history and theory, and writers reflect on their own subject positions in relation to their particular objects and fields of study, and on how their writing can engage materially with their sites of inquiry and audiences. Drawing out the spatial qualities of these interactions between writers and readers on the one hand, places, artefacts, and texts on the other, includes sites – material, political and conceptual – as well as those remembered, dreamed and imagined. By drawing on the emotional, as well as the political, qualities of interactions between subjects and sites, site-writings have the potential to reconfigure the relations between spatial theories, poetics, and practices, in ways that are ethical and aesthetic.
I (as part of my collaboration The Italic I, with Clare Thornton) have also recently contributed pages to Jane Rendell’s online archive of site-writing, which draws together the examples by writers whose work is engaged – closely and at a distance – with the concepts and processes of site-writing.
Image from https://site-writing.co.uk/