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Borders Intro
Border-Fictions Special Issue 

Amid the Air and Earth

Amid the Air and Earth Intro
Atmospheric States
Stories of the Air / Spéirscéalta
Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary
Wet / Land / Dwellers


Geopower Intro
Self-Organisation Against Injustice

Kin Intro
Becoming Animal
Dolls Play

a place of their own is the art + spatial research practice of Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy. Through art and spatial practice, we interrogate and propose within entanglements of climate, capital, technology and politics. We operate as a collective, a couple, with our children, and through collaborations with others.

Atmospheric States

Aer Anála

for Architecture at the Edge, Galway, 2020 & 2021

In October 2020 a place of their own were selected as artists for one of the Boundaries Commissions at the Architecture at the Edge Festival in Galway, Ireland.  Through a collaboration with Mace Head Atmosheric Research Station, we have developed a particpatory film-making workshop, an audio-visual film, and talks.  

In October 2021, we will be installing a new sculpture in Galway - Aer Anála (the air we breathe) - and hosting a performance walk and related talks and events as part of this years festival.

There is no more public a realm than the air we breathe, as Covid-19 has challengingly demonstrated, establishing new social and spatial boundaries. Yet the air we breathe can offer an alternative imaginary of sympoesis (or of ‘making-with’) that resists such oppressive boundaries and limitations.
    It is estimated that humans breathe in between 100,000 and 1 million microbes each day, around 1000 different species of bacteria and fungi. While the virus, itself sitting at the boundary between life and death, brings inequality and loss of life, the air that we share and our breath also lead us into ongoing, everyday patterns and processes of coexistence and co-production - a sympoiesis, or what Lynn Marguilis called the ‘intimacy of strangers’. We therefore suggest that, for a post-covid 19 world, and in the context of global climate crisis, we requier new imaginaries of public space - of shared spaces made through (and for) sympoiesis.