Kimberley Skelton
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Motion as mode of perception
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The English landscape through which they travelled between city and country and between estates contained a new ease of motion. When Englishmen and women travelled along England's roads, they physically experienced the erasure of local boundaries. At the turn of the seventeenth-century, John Locke asserted that such unceasing motion was inherent to the human mind itself and so inescapably the basis of human comprehension. The authors who composed atlases of English roads transformed the blur of motion into the very mode of constructing and comprehending one's journey. Across early decades of the century, atlases led readers through a staccato process of composing a journey based on particular destination points. In lived experience and theoretical argument, owners and guests were encountering repeated reiterations of choreographed mobility that transformed the structured motion into fundamental means by which they articulated and constructed entire physical and social world.

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