Site-integrity is a particular but original mode of site-specific practice that responds directly to the site and its community. Artistic devices articulate the material, architectural, social, institutional discourses present in site as a dynamic network or system of exchange. In site-integrity place is apparatus, in each specific site the recording device operates in a distinctly different manner providing different techniques and outcomes in each site. This methodology offers a collaborative approach to fieldwork, transforming the traditional anthropological ‘subject of research’ into the producer of its own voice. This egalitarian approach to art making encourages reflexive conversations that avoid reductive ethnographic portraits of ‘subjects’ and fixed representation.
Site-integrity performs site through artistic devices operating in temporal relations with space and place. Within this site-specific context the artworks produced cannot be separated from the temporal. Taking a non-representational position (Bolt, 2004, p.12) this research builds upon “place as emergent, relational and beyond representational regimes” (Massey, 2005, p.11). It builds upon Massey’s rejection to collapse space into representation, that is, to a given, pre-existing cognitive structure or conceptual schema by implicitly performing involvements in, as opposed to observations on, site.
keywords: site, community, performance, site specific, architecture, representation, cultural heritage, archive.