As the Islanders (Nottingham Collective) move towards planning the Wasteland Games to take place in the Summer http://wasteland-twinning.net/blog/trading-camouflage-for-camouflage/, I thought I would post some images of a game of Golf that took place on a cold winters day on the Köpi (Berlin) wasteland between Amsterdam and Berlin representatives of the WT network. This game of Golf was a prime time to ‘talk business’ and a try a new approach to navigating the terrain. We discussed the similarities and differences of the Köpi and Het Stenen Hoofd (Amsterdam) wasteland sites. The Golf Clubs and bag where made from materials found on the wasteland, during the game a few ‘modifications’ needed to be made to the somewhat eggshell equipment.
Golf courses and wastelands are at opposite ends of land use paradigm. Golf course developments are often criticised for their damage to pre-existing habitats and bio diversity in order to make way for homogenised tailored landscapes; essentially gigantic private lawns.
On another note, a friend of mine told me about an Agatha Christie book ’4.50 From Paddington’ in which character Lucy Eyelesbarrow uses golf as an excuse to search for a dead body the grounds of a country estate. The journey constructed by ‘following the golf ball’ feels like one of many psychogeographical approaches used direct a unique encounter of a landscape.