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

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  …

10 Oct 2017 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Performing Wild Geographies

  A selection of images from a two-day creative workshop that took place at Knepp Castle Estate in West Sussex in October 2017. The Estate is home to Knepp Wildland Project, a large-scale conservation initiative established in 2002 by the landowners, Sir Charles Burrell and Isabella Tree. Adopting a…

27 Jul 2016 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

The Sea, The Sea, The Sea

At the end of 2015 I interviewed residents of Dunoon and the surrounding areas asking them questions about their experiences of living by the sea, what “the sea” means to them and what part it plays in their life to create a short video called The Sea, The Sea, The Sea. The video includes contributions from pupils of Toward Primary School (which is situated right on the water, looking out to Bute), students at Dunoon Grammar School, a sea captain, a naval engineer, an artist, a&he...

21 Dec 2015 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Walking/Writing/Thinking

“Walking, dancing, pleasure: these accompany the poetic act. I wonder what kind of poet doesn’t wear out their shoes, writes with their head. The true poet is a traveller. Poetry is about traveling on foot and all its substitutes, all forms of transportation.” Helene Cixous Three…

30 Jun 2015 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

“Reimagined Journeys” Everyday Commuting Excursions SGSAH Showcase at Lighthouse

“Reimagined Journeys” Everyday Commuting Excursions was displayed at the Lighthouse in Glasgow as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Showcase on the 25th June 2015. I collaborated with a designer, Rachel O’Neill, to create postcards which encourage others to reimagine their everyday journeys. These postcards were distributed to commuters on the Argyll Ferry between Dunoon and Gourock which is one of the stages of my journey to work. I wanted to…

31 May 2014 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Research on Display

On 22nd May David and I were invited to curate aspects of our commuting project for the first Research on Display event at the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We delivered a paper on "Rhythmic Routes" and the display was exhibited for a month in the…

09 Apr 2014 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Theatre and the Nomadic Subject – A Mobile Train Conference 7-11th April Helsinki to Rovaniemi

Today David Overend and I presented a paper about our recent commuting project entitled "Rhythmic Routes: Developing a nomadic performance practice for the daily commute". It has been a really exciting few days so far. Here is the programme for the event: Monday 7 April – Helsinki 17.00- 20.00 Opening session at Lavaklubi (cellar bar of the Finnish National Theatre, Läntinen teatterikuja 1) Tuesday 8 April – Train Helsinki –…