FIELDWORKING | Overwriting

Posted on 27/02/2013


overwrite [ˌəʊvəˈraɪt]
vb -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written

  1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to write (something) in an excessively ornate or prolix style
  2. to write too much about (someone or something)
  3. to write on top of (other writing)
  4. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) to record on a storage medium, such as a magnetic disk, thus destroying what was originally recorded there

Casting back to another post on urban writing and my recent post on the agency of mapping, I’m wondering about overwriting and the overwritten. What does this mean for Fieldworking as a body of work that is, in some ways, intended to emerge from the field as somehow mapped, panoramic, walked and annotated places and pathways. Could this possibly be the inauguration of a new world from an old? Or does it seep into the image/text divide? Writing obliterates and liberates: there is something overwrought rising. Like the white ink of ecriture feminine that milks the female body – and I can’t help but consider the spatial politics erupting over public breast feeding lately – the shadow ink of dark writing doubles. It falls in line, heralding something omitted or overlooked (Paul Carter, Dark Writing).


  1.     In a state of nervous excitement or anxiety.
  2.     (of a piece of writing or a work of art) Too elaborate or complicated in design or construction.
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