20 Aug 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

The Gift in the Beaver

Figure 1:  A beaver on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.  Gift giving may be the most basic form of exchange, though hardly simple. In our hearts, we like to imagine that gifts are given with “no strings attached.” Of course, this is rarely the case. Instead, gift…

20 Aug 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

The Gift in the Beaver

Figure 1:  A beaver on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.  Gift giving may be the most basic form of exchange, though hardly simple. In our hearts, we like to imagine that gifts are given with “no strings attached.” Of course, this is rarely the case. Instead, gift…

29 Jul 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

Arriving “The more beavery the landscape is, the harder it is to find them.” This is what Laura Ogden, an environmental anthropologist from the US told us on our first evening in Bamff in Perthshire as we took an evening walk around the land to try to spot some beavers. An interdisciplinary group of ten researchers including…

29 Jul 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

Arriving “The more beavery the landscape is, the harder it is to find them.” This is what Laura Ogden, an environmental anthropologist from the US told us on our first evening in Bamff in Perthshire as we took an evening walk around the land to try to spot some beavers. An interdisciplinary group of ten researchers including artists, cultural geographers, and anthropologists visited the estate for four days to explore “landscaping with beavers”, and the possibility of…

24 Jun 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…

24 Jun 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…

29 Oct 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Reflections on our latest visit to Knepp

On 14th– 17th September 2018, I returned to Knepp Castle Estate for a third time with Jamie Lorimer, along with three new visitors: Sofie Narbed, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. On previous trips we had scoped out, explored and experimented with this complicated site; learning to read, interpret and work with the wild processes and inhabitants of the Wildland Project (Overend and Lorimer 2018). This time, we planned to make something: to create a text that…

29 Oct 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Reflections on our latest visit to Knepp

On 14th– 17th September 2018, I returned to Knepp Castle Estate for a third time with Jamie Lorimer, along with three new visitors: Sofie Narbed, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. On previous trips we had scoped out, explored and experimented with this complicated site; learning to read, interpret and work with the wild processes and inhabitants of the Wildland Project (Overend and Lorimer 2018). This time, we planned to make something: to create a text that…

25 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being

Over the past few years I have undertaken numerous creative residential retreats. This prompted me to think about the benefits of these processes for artists, writers, thinkers and performance makers. All images are the author's own from the Performing Wild Geographies event at the Knepp Estate in October 2017. Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being The word retreat implicitly has the promise of a “treat” within it, referring to the…

25 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being

Over the past few years I have undertaken numerous creative residential retreats. This prompted me to think about the benefits of these processes for artists, writers, thinkers and performance makers. All images are the author's own from the Performing Wild Geographies event at the Knepp Estate in October 2017. Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being The word retreat implicitly has the promise of a “treat” within it, referring to the…

15 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Performing Wild Geographies: An ethnographic report

The event: Performing Wild Geographies, a two-day creative workshop, took place at Knepp Castle Estate, West Sussex (2nd-4th October 2017). Focused on collaborative performance-making strategies between artists and academics from disparate disciplines, the event aimed to be a cross-disciplinary experiment around wild(er)ness and rewilding, drawing in particular on the Knepp’s Wildland Project case, in the southern block of the estate. The event was led…

15 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Performing Wild Geographies: An ethnographic report

The event: Performing Wild Geographies, a two-day creative workshop, took place at Knepp Castle Estate, West Sussex (2nd-4th October 2017). Focused on collaborative performance-making strategies between artists and academics from disparate disciplines, the event aimed to be a cross-disciplinary experiment around wild(er)ness and rewilding, drawing in particular on the Knepp’s Wildland Project case, in the southern block of the estate. The event was led…

15 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

A Creative Document of Performing Wild Geographies, 2nd – 4th October 2017, Knepp Estate

Introduction Performing Wild Geographies brought together artists and academics working in the fields of rewilding, human geography, paleoecology, conservation, performance studies, theatre, visual arts and journalism, in order to explore the potential for transdisciplinary collaboration in rewilding. The two day research event took place at a pioneering rewilding project: Knepp Estate in West…

15 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

A Creative Document of Performing Wild Geographies, 2nd – 4th October 2017, Knepp Estate

Introduction Performing Wild Geographies brought together artists and academics working in the fields of rewilding, human geography, paleoecology, conservation, performance studies, theatre, visual arts and journalism, in order to explore the potential for transdisciplinary collaboration in rewilding. The two day research event took place at a pioneering rewilding project: Knepp Estate in West…

12 Dec 2017 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Under the Surface of Knepp

Under the Surface of Knepp (This was written as a response to the Performing Wild Geographies event which took place at Knepp Estate on the 2-4th October 2017). An arch of ghostly manta rays Entrance to a wild place Petrified and stacked Bleached brown coral reef Signalling death and end Palimpsests of lasts  …

12 Dec 2017 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Under the Surface of Knepp

Under the Surface of Knepp (This was written as a response to the Performing Wild Geographies event which took place at Knepp Estate on the 2-4th October 2017). An arch of ghostly manta rays Entrance to a wild place Petrified and stacked Bleached brown coral reef Signalling death and end Palimpsests of lasts  …