The project was prompted by what I saw as a discrepancy between the attention accorded experience of mobility and displacement, on the one hand, and, on the other, a tendency to fall back on formulations of dwelling derived from a more settled, often agricultural past, notoriously by Heidegger. While the former was widespread, it often seemed to involve regret for the loss of something very like the latter, and I wondered if it was possible to avoid this. I also wondered if there was anything about the UK, with its preeminently permeable economy and culture, and its early production of capitalism and capitalist displacement, that might make it a good place to locate such an attempt. If so, this would probably involve thinking about the changes that enabled capitalism to develop from the 16th century onwards, many of which took place in the rural landscape.
Patrick Keiller, interviewed in Frieze Magazine by Kari Rittenbach, talking about his exceptional new film Robinson in Ruins.