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These three drawings (from a set of twenty) were made for a fifteen-minute film-in-progress ( by Antony Lyons and Iain Biggs, called Transgression (The Rising Waters), made for the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) international conference, 2013. Both the film – now being re-cut – and the drawings took as their starting point “transgression,” the geological term for: ‘‘a relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time’’

Lyons and Biggs share an interest in place, environmental change, and water landscapes, and the film explores questions rooted in physical, social and cultural relationships between land and sea, particularly possible human-influenced marine transgressions. The film aim weaves together original and archival material through documentary and poetic approaches, so as to create an imaginative bridging and transgressing of both disciplinary thinking and the culture of possessive individualism that underpins it.


Iain Biggs works as a doctoral supervisor, artist, and arts-led researcher with a particular interest in “deep mapping.” He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and Bath Spa University and a coordinator of the LAND2, PLaCE International, and the Mapping Spectral Traces networks. He is the founder of, and an editor for, Wild Conversations Press and writes a regular blog at:

Antony Lyons trained as a geoscientist and has worked as an environmental sustainability advisor and designer, but now works as a landscape-based artist with a particular interest in water issues. In the last five years he has undertaken residencies in the West of England, at the Grand Canyon, USA, in Co Donegal, Ireland, and undertaken a sustainability-based creative visioning for regeneration areas in Sheffield, England; including implementation of landscape designs and new public realm art installations.