The Useless Gate

The useless gate with no point of entry encloses nothing. No longer approving entry or exit to flow. It stands easily in front of its past barricade and absent without its fence, what nonsense.

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Still, my thoughts invade the space with an intensive survey of neglect. Without a barrier, it creates a bewildering pause; I even relax and unwind a little in the freshness of an invisible edge.

The gate still interrupts here and there, now and then. I begin to walk through space without the cliché of place, allowing a moment to contemplate on ever-changing times, tides, and light.

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Darkness Veils a Debatable Zone

The space could be to the place what the word becomes when it is spoken…”[1]

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An undefined duality of place is concealed in the embellishment of night, hiding an industrial heritage and windswept Tay Estuary.

The sound merges space into place, sea into waves, oil rig into steel.

Darkness veils a debatable zone, with a cloaked identity of signification of a location. A possible plot or a new vision can be seen, in the form of renewable energy manufacturing.[2]

[1] Merleau-Ponty, M (1974). Phenomenology Of Perception. 6th ed. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul LTD. P173.

[2]“Dundee Port is an active deep water port with direct access to the North Sea. The Port has also been identified as the most strategically important and suitable port location for marine renewables.There are 25 hectares of available quayside land for renewable energy manufacturing.” Uknown Author (2016). Port Development Land. Available: https://www.dundeewaterfront.co.uk/zones/port/portdevelopmentland. Last accessed 13th Nov 2016.

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A Discovery day for ‘Objet Trouvé’

The discovery of tiny clues can be found in what’s left behind, in the thrown and broken.

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No rhyme or reason in a no-mans-land and it discourages a sense of a place. Stinking of social contempt, exposing voids between industry and humanity. It is separated by an uncanny openness and presents a distance from Dundee’s waterfront dreams.

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The In-between Castle

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Above, dull maiden clouds linger,

in-between, an offshore fortress stands,

below, veils a filthy exchange.

 

Below, conflicting in mother’s pain,

in-between, harsh technology demands,

above, fort operator of the harr.

 

Above, supply till it dries,

in-between, binds murk to certain land,

below, bleed the earth for gain.

 

“Nature becomes a gigantic gasoline station, an energy source for modern technology and industry”[1]

[1] Heidegger, M (1966). Discourse On Thinking. New York: Harper & Row. p50.

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