The Common Line is the original idea of Exeter-based artist Volkhardt Müller, member of the Blind Ditch collective. It is being developed collaboratively with cultural geographer Professor John Wylie, and GIS specialist Dr Steven Palmer from University of Exeter, Blind Ditch artists Paula Crutchlow, Professor John Levack Drever and Cat Radford, creative technologists Controlled Frenzy, and grass roots public art and campaigning body Rural Recreation.

Our aim is to bring the abstract concept of The Common Line into encounters with the reality of places, through shared events, broadcasts, performances and conversations. By combining the eco-social activism of tree planting, with the development and sharing of new digital imaginaries, we hope to facilitate  broad discussions and share different understandings around the ways in which Britain is ‘owned’ and cared for.

We are committed to open and participatory forms of working and conversing, and are actively seeking new dialogues and insights through this project. We are currently looking for arts, cultural and community partners to be part of the next stage of work from November 2018-July 2019.

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in developing art and research residencies, planting sites and audiences, as well as hosting artists and exhibiting, or otherwise disseminating, the resulting work.