Taking inspiration from the work of urban provocateur Iain Sinclair, the process of mapping Ley Lines allowed the process of cartography subvert objectivity similar to the site analysis in the Site Ecologies and the construction of meaning in the Mysterious Objects and Rituals.
“Ley Lines” are a revisionist reading of the “ancient” landscape of England, popularized by latter day authors Watkins and Street. They claim that linear alignments between historical sites are not accidental, but of mystical significance.
Having zeroed in on William Blake and Nicholas Hawksmoor - two historical characters whose confounding legacies have left marks on the London cityscape which remain to this day, I fabricated my own Ley Lines by charting locations sourced from their lives and work. Using dubious ideas inspired by dubious historical characters to warp the traditional map of the city is critique of all three, and of the ambiguity that exists between truth and fiction; between the ideal and real.
Through these operations, a closed system without a meaning accessible through normative means was formed. This, in turn became the basis of a “territory” for the discovery of an alternate narrative of the city.