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Caitlin Kiely

Prior to studying at RCA, Caitlin studied Visual Communication (Illustration) at Birmingham City University. Having recieved the 'Emerging Researcher Award' here, she has since been involved in more research based events such as 'Situating Practices' - a research symposium and exhibition as part of Temporary Contemporaries, at the University of Huddersfield. Her practice-led-research contribution to this event has been recently published online via The intersection between the Arts and Humanities is an area of research Caitlin will continue to occupy and draw upon within her practice, as she considers it a rich site for borrowing and exchanging methods in order to understand landscapes. 




Degree Details

School of Communication


Caitlin's practice has become increasingly concerned with the landscape and how it is a site for narratives to be contained, unearthed and situated. Her research methods borrow from other fields as she approaches place by observing its landform, reading into its surface and drawing out from it. She reconsiders the traditions of site specificity as the material she 'gathers' exists primarily as words as she contemplates the landscape around her, rather than 'taking' in terms of footage or field recordings.Through personifying the landscape, Caitlin aims to bring it closer to our human presence and consciousness.

As a result of an ongoing body of research this year, Caitlin has created a narrative script called the 'The Walker in the Landscape' which has derived from her exploration and reading of many landscapes. Her writerly and poetic response to place is about rethinking the position of the landscape within a conventional narrative structure. Typically it is the silent backdrop, the setting for a story to be situated. Instead, she has recast the landscape as a female figure, bringing ‘Her’ from the background and into the foreground as ‘She’ becomes the subject of the narrative. The Walker in the Landscape is a story for the landscape. Not only because it is written for ‘She, the Landscape’, but because the words can be located and read in many landscapes.  












Collaboration with Max Kohler has transferred this narrative script into a digital domain. Publishing the text online has meant that the story becomes even less bound to a specific place or landscape, as it is simply a story for the landscape. The online publication also takes the form of an archive containing some of the details I’ve observed during my walks and site visits. By hovering over the isolated fragments of text, we can see how these observations have been translated into words, details or metaphors within the story.

The interactive website can be accessed here :

Website coding - Max Kohler MA Visual Communication


narrative script
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'The Walker in the Landscape' was always written to be read aloud or performed. This is because both the narrative and the presence of the landscape are constructed through the collective words of the Walker and the Narrator in the text. As the character’s parts fit together through the guise of an unfolding dialogue, the dynamic between them is built naturally throughout the storytelling process. They interrupt, cut into and complete each other’s sentences, without directly speaking to one another which maintains distance between the two characters

Performing the script through a conversation on Zoom allowed the readers to mirror this closeness yet remoteness from one another. Throughout the recital of the text, the Narrator functions as a more omnipresent figure, who observes and recalls the human’s relationship with the landscape through time.

The audio is intended to be listened to as you walk through the landscape, temporarily reading what you're hearing within what you're seeing. Going forwards I want to test the spoken performance directly in the landscape with my readers to visualise the alternating distance between the characters throughout the narrative.

The Narrator - Grace Manning MA Animation
The Walker - Roland Ross MA Visual Communication


spoken word


23 minutes

structure 1

structure 2

structure 3

The structure will be employed as a storytelling device, locating the narrative within various sites. Unlike a fixed stage set, this structure is mobile and can be disassembled so that the performance can travel to new locations. The modular design of the scaffolding structure means it can continue to grow and adapt with the performance through time. It will be moved into a space, whilst 'The Walker in the Landscape' is read. The elevated staircase and platform will act as a metaphor, showing the shifting position and power of the landscape throughout the narrative.The structure will temporarily activate the space and be wheeled out of set at the end of the performance, leaving the audience to contemplate the space which is left behind.


galvanised steel tubing, scaffolding board, 2 x castor wheels, 2 x pneumatic wheels


2.2m x 0.6m x 2.25m

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