Land Diagrams is an ongoing series in which commissioned writers respond to the same visual encoding of landscape. See here for info.

The reading of diagrams depends on different forms of tacit knowledge of practises, techniques and conventions of interpretation. But diagrams are also ‘machines of translation’ (Krämer, ‘Epistemology of the Line: Reflections on the Diagrammatical Mind’), offering ways of transmitting and prompting thought between disciplines.

In each of these Land Diagrams, a found image (chart, scheme, score, map) acts as a hinge between two pieces of writing, commissioned and published simultaneously. Each writer has been chosen for the value of their work and its involvement with the knowledge systems coded in landscape. Each pair of writers has been chosen for a perceived – often unexpected – rapport across disciplines.

The finished ‘twinned study’ offers two simultaneous gestures of thought in response to one geographical image. The responses are often experimental: no rules have been set beyond word count, and there is no consultation between the writers (a divergence of readings and resources is preferred to a collaborative middle-ground).

An article on Land Diagrams has been published in Cultural Geographies (January 2013 vol. 20 no. 1), and is online here.

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