Pomona encounters: ‘Pomona’s beauty spots’

Hayward, Emma ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8126-9340 and Cocchiarella, Fabrizio ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6879-5688 (2016) Pomona encounters: ‘Pomona’s beauty spots’. Gaia Projects Press.


The output, Pomona’s Beauty Spots, is a creative project comprising an interactive exhibit, which invited the audience to consider the presence of place and significant points of interest, and written text. The project was a collaboration between Hayward and Fabrizio Cocchiarella, with both contributing equally to the project. Research process: A passive experience of navigating the terrain has not been prescribed or facilitated, therefore we are free to create an un-regulated personal geography, establishing our own markers as points of reference, signposting memories through physical encounter, exploring freedom.” In order to consolidate visions, interpretations and works in progress from Pomona Encounters – the exhibitors were invited by Gaia Project Press to create a publication/book that reflected the thoughts, passions and connections explored was produced. Research insights: Discovering the city often uses commercial psycho-spatial systems of reference that mediate our relationships with people, landmarks and architectural objects. Our connection with nature is negotiated through the exploration of natural spatial phenomena, sometimes shaped by humans, but when exploring un-chartered territories, we encounter landscapes that are dependent on discovery. Through the interaction, walkers encountered a cornucopia of paradoxical tales around themes of biodiversity and urban planning, carbon-free air miles, invasive species for healthy living, and old toolkits to design new nature. with the status quo and propose new futures for Pomona and beyond. Dissemination: The research was disseminated as part of Pomona Encounters, Pomona Island, Manchester on 21 July 2016. Findings were also shared through Pomona’s beauty spots, in Fruitful Futures, Imagining Pomona, published by Gaia Projects Press, 2016.

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