Uncertainty in the City is a research project that we have been working on in Lancaster and the North of England. In this project we focus on the margins of tolerance, where a range of opinion or views provides a promising field of inquiry, as indicative of contradictory or certainly unresolved schisms in our social and socio-environmental fabric. Where such diversity of response to a phenomenon exists, it suggests there may be a susceptibility to change. Of course variance of opinion and perspectives are not by definition a problem, but where those opinions are embedded over a long time and lie unchallenged, we see merit in shuffling the pack and seeing new juxtapositions – inviting new readings and opportunities for understanding and behaviour.
During 2007 and 2008 we gathered research material in relation to this project. For this we worked with various individuals and institutions in the University, the city council and in the city. This images are from some of the research material gathered
The project is commissioned by Storey Gallery in Lancaster and has been funded by the Henry Moore Foundation, The Arts Council of England and the University of Cumbria.