This piece came out of watching Inga and Jodie tracing out, demarcating, imagining or mentally mapping a space before beginning to film
(Whitmore Bay, Barry Island, 3rd June 2011).

If you can think of a place... and if you can name it... and if you can think of a name and place it... and if you can think of place-name and locate it... and if you can think of a location and place it and name it... and if you can know where the name ends and another begins... and if you can know where the place ends and another begins... and if you can say where the border lies... and if you can name the border... and if you can know where the border begins and where it ends... and if you can name the place between where the border begins and the border ends... and if you can place the line midway between where the border begins and the border ends... and if you can measure the width of the line... and if you can name the line... and if you can begin to cross the border... and if you can cross into the border... and if you can know when you have crossed out of the border...

If there is water... and if the water is tidal... and if the tide is in flow... and if the tide is in ebb... and if the tide is reaching you... and if the tide is far out beyond you... and if you can reach the end of the land... and if you can touch the edge of the sea... and if there remains a drying ground... and if the drying ground is lost to the flow of the tide... and if the flow of the tide is lost to the ebb of the tide... and if the tide is turning... and if you can know the beginning of its turn from the end of its turn... and if you can place the line of its turn... and if you can be in the moment between ebb and flow... and if you can name the moment of its turn...

If there is a pool... and if the pool fills and refills... and if the pool is lost to the sea... and if you can say where the water went... and if you can say what water remained... and if you can say what water divided from water... and if you can divide the name of the water from the name of the sea... and if you can trace the paths of an infinite flow... and if you can name the moment of capture... and if you can pinpoint the sea’s last exit... and if you can measure the sea’s first influx... and if you can trace in the pool the new water... and if you can divide the new water from the last tide’s remains... and if you can enclose the pool’s water... and if you can name each pool as it changes... and if you can tell which pool this is...

If there are people who walk to the water... and if there are people who walk from the water... and if you can say where each one is... and if you can step into the stasis of the step... and if you can stand where the walker is moving... and if you can name the walker’s direction... and if you can name the walker’s destination... and if you can divide destination from turning... and if you can place the path of the walker... and if you can walk in the walker’s footsteps alongside the walker... and if you can locate the place of the walker... and if you can think of the place... and if you can name...


'river(of)words' is a (sort of) poem that forms the basis of a visual work that is still in process. It relates closely to the email exchange between Philip and myself which can be found here: https://in-and-between.wikispaces.com/poetry-film-critical




The two poems in the attached document respond in different ways to Philip and Wyn's project.


KM