MACBA | Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona February 2018 Mutating Ecologies in Contemporary Art: Matter, Ethics and Subjectivity seeks to deepen on the value and the effectiveness of the philosophical tradition of vital materialism as a non-dualist model of political ecology that enables ways to imagine alternative forms of relation and political action. We will work departing from the elements that define its ethical-political project: the situated knowledge, the historicity of the body, and the question of the affects. Artist Ignacio Acosta is presenting: Drones and Drums. Resistance, the final frontier Symposium 21.02.18 – AGI in partnership with MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Meier Auditorium, Plaça Joan Coromines, 08001 Barcelona.
V&A, London, UK show runs until 22.04.18 Trees have long been a source of inspiration for artists. They can evoke a primal sense of wonder and the strong patterns of their branches, bark and leaves consistently offer visually arresting subjects. This display explores the diverse representation of trees in photography, with works by 40 photographers, including Paul Strand, Robert Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 2017, the V&A acquired new work from Veronique Rolland to be part of this exhibition. Read more
Artist Edwina fitzPatrick is now part of the TSOEG network. Edwina is a UK based artist, whose work explores the living environment, especially in regard to mutability and change. The artworks explore what happens when ‘grey’ (architectural); ‘green’ (parks/forests/landscapes/growing spaces) and ‘blue’ (oceans/rivers/canals) environments intersect. They focus on how humans have, and are affecting the nature, culture and ecology of a place. Read more
Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales 21.04.18 – 13.06.18 Crossed Paths comprises three projects by Aberystwyth-based artist Miranda Whall, occurring between 2017 and 2021 in Wales, Scotland and France. These bring together film, performance and the body in motion, mountain and upland ecology: each project telling a story of a mountain from a different perspective. Oriel Davies presents the Welsh component in an immersive multi-media installation and contextual exhibition that offers a non-representational and ecological response to an area within the Cambrian Mountains, West Wales. Read more
Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, Australia 18.01.18 – 24.02.18 ‘Documents, Alternatives 2’. Сurator: Angela Bartram. Artists: Angela Bartram, Andrew Bracey, Brazier + Free, Luce Choules, Emma Cocker & Clare Thornton, Kate Corder, Steve Dutton, Tim Etchells, Rochelle Haley, Morrad + McArthur, Andy Pepper, and Louise K. Wilson. Read more
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 28.01.18 Each year our residents receive funding to live and work on Rabbit Island amongst the forest, rocks, and wildlife; and the vast waters of Lake Superior that surround it. In addition to a generous honoraria, artists may be invited to participate in our annual exhibition, event series, and publication, presented in partnership with the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan. Read more
Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London 07.09.17 – 11.10.17 ‘Metageography. Space – Image – Action’. Сurators: Nikolay Smirnov, Kirill Svetlyakov. Co-curator in London: Olga Jürgenson. Scientific Consultant: Dmitry Zamyatin. Artists: Nadezhda Anfalova, Egor Astapchenko, Elena Berg, Irina Filatova, Dima Filippov, Lucy Harris, Valery Klamm, Kollectivnye Deystviya (Collective Actions), Ikuru Kuvadzhima, Ekaterina Lazareva, Mikhail Maksimov, Idit Elia Nathan, Egor Plotnikov, Boris Rodoman, Kirill Savchenkov, Max Sher, Corinne Silva, Evgeny Strelkov, Up! Community, Dmitry Venkov, Dmitry Zamyatin. Read more
It is currently estimated that 2.5 million tons of waste marble is generated every year in the Carrara marble quarries in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy. Presently much of this waste is transported and transformed into a fine marble dust and exported for use in beauty and cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, milk and building materials. See more
Import Projects, Berlin 12.04.17 | 8pm During the evening Andrew will present his projects and research concerning the artist’s role in our new ecological reality, the mutability of geopolitical borders, global community and individual sovereignty amidst the rise of populist thought, and how to drink water from the bottom of a lake without drowning. Read more
Mizoomi Gallery, London, UK Preview evening: Thursday 02.03.17, 18:30-21:30 Multi-disciplinary artist, lecturer and course leader in Creative Arts Miranda Whall will present the series of three ‘Untitled, Birds on my head’ and one of a series of ‘Lace Drawings’ in the group show Deixis (Part 1) at Mizoomi Gallery. Whall’s drawings present fantasy scenarios where the artist attempts to equally co-exist with objects, architecture, materials, living creatures etc to make humorous, unlikely and uncanny scenarios. Whall’s fictions play out extremely personal, exhibitionist and explicit representations of herself in order to explore the (in)appropriateness and (mis)placed multiple and simultaneous dimensions of being a contemporary human being. The Mizoomi gallery, with a focus on encouraging the exposure of international contemporary artists, presents Deixis (part 1). In linguistics deixis refers to words or phrases that cannot be fully understood without additional contextual information. The exhibition includes a representation of five internationally exhibited and published artists. MIZOOMI GALLERY, 168 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON SW10 9PR.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) November 2016 Explore is the Society’s annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend at the Society’s headquarters in London. With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition. The emphasis is on small projects with a research component but anyone planning overseas expeditions or fieldwork is welcome – regardless of age or experience. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world, to help you get the most out of your journey. Artists Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, Anna Macleod and Miranda Whall, are hosting a TSOEG panel discussion on Sunday 20 Nov 2016, 3-4.30pm: Artists in the Field: engaging audiences in art, science, and adventure! Event – Explore 2016 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK. This year, Explore is celebrating its 40th anniversary!
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 14.10.16 Become part of the story that resonates far beyond the shores of one small island. We are looking for artists from all disciplines to immerse themselves in this unique, remote wilderness located in Lake Superior. Awarded residents receive a generous honoraria to cover travel, materials, and other expenses, as well as a catalogue publication and exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan. Read more
Stavali, Hardangervidda Nationalpark, Norway July and August 2016 ‘Absens’ is a new body of work combining sound and installation at the former outfarm Stavali, Hardangervidda Nationalpark by Frauke Materlik (artist and landscape architect) and Stephen Crowe (composer). ‘Absens’ highlights the changes in nature, landscape and their resultant impact on society. Read more
The Mosaic Rooms, London 18.06.16 | 2pm Join artist Corinne Silva in conversation with Middle Eastern plant expert Sabina Knees for the launch of Silva’s new book Garden State. Silva’s exhibition of the same title showed at The Mosaic Rooms last year, in Garden State she considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory. Read more
A Cartography of Fantasia is a 2-screen video installation that examines relationships between imagination, financial speculation, and the technologies our human species use to transform the ecology of this planet. See more
Artist Zoe Benbow is now part of the TSOEG network. Zoe Benbow’s paintings aim to communicate a sense of awe and enjoyment in landscape, as a means of questioning our cultural construct of wilderness and our relationship to the natural world. Read more
London Art Fair – project space January 2016 London Art Fair is the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art Fair. The 28th edition of the Fair takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington. A field mapping workshop led by artist Luce Choules, geologist Sophy Crosby (GeoFun UK) and artist educator Lala Thorpe, hosted in partnership with London Art Fair and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Event – London Art Fair Part of the LAF talks and events programme, and in response to the exhibition by artist Julian Charrière at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre January 2016 A day of talks, films and discussions by academics and practitioners on the theme of art-science collaborations in the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological time interval that suggests that humans are now the dominant influence shaping the Earth system. Are human activities such as agriculture, mining and urbanisation leaving distinctive ‘footprints’ in the Earth’s strata that will endure into the future and so enter the long-term geological record? What are the creative responses to such propositions? Artist Luce Choules is presenting a research poster: Guide74: a mountain recording activity Artist Laura Harrington is showing the film: Liveliest of Elements Artist Miranda Whall is attending this symposium. Symposium – Aberystwyth Arts Centre The event is a collaboration between Aberystwyth University School of Art and the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, and supported by the British Society for Geomorphology. Also includes a symposium publication.
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art January 2016 Founded in December 2004 by art historian and curator Dr. Ziba Ardalan, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is a not-for-profit art institution that operates purely for the public benefit. Artists Ignacio Acosta, Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, Emma Smith, and keynote speaker Dr. Harriet Hawkins, Reader in Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, are hosting a TSOEG symposium with panel discussion on Saturday 16 Jan 2016, 2-5pm: Artists in the Field: ephemeral landscapes and experimental geographies Event – Parasol unit Part of the talks and events programme, and in response to the exhibition by artist Julian Charrière, at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London, UK.
Layerscape (peat bogs) is an immersive journey into the upland peatlands of the North Pennines and Northumberland; intending to capture the visual and sonic essence of such landscapes and their environmental importance. See more
Artist Laura Harrington is now part of the TSOEG network. Working in multiple mediums, including film, drawing and installations Harrington puts a deep engagement with ecology and landscape at the heart of her practice and will often develop work in collaboration with organisations and individuals from specialist fields. Read more
Cultivating Colour is a long term, on going project in collaboration with Joya: Arte + Ecología which started in 2013. The project is centred on the construction of a pigment garden in the Sierra María los Vélez mountain range in Almería, Northen Eastern Andalusia, Spain. See more
Artist Sigrid Holmwood is now part of the TSOEG network. My work is specifically concerned with linking painting and agriculture, through my persona the ‘Peasant Painter’. I am interested in how painters have historically not only painted peasants, but have aligned themselves politically with farmers. Read more
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) November 2015 Explore is the Society’s annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend at the Society’s headquarters in London. With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition. The emphasis is on small projects with a research component but anyone planning overseas expeditions or fieldwork is welcome – regardless of age or experience. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience from all over the world, to help you get the most out of your journey. Artists Luce Choules, Andrew Ranville, Corinne Silva, Ignacio Acosta with Jakub Bojczuk, and TSOEG guest artist Tuur Van Balen, are hosting a TSOEG panel discussion on Sunday 15 Nov 2015, 3-4.30pm: Artists in the Field: engaging audiences in art, science, and adventure! Event – Explore 2015 Part of the annual programme at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK.
University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College October 2015 The Centre for Mountain Studies together with the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) and the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), all members of the Mountain Partnership, are organising a third conference – Perth III – on ‘Mountains of Our Future Earth’. This is a contribution to the global Future Earth programme, a 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Artist Miranda Whall is attending the International conference: Perth 3: Mountains of our Future Earth Conference – Mountains of our Future Earth Hosted by University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College, Scotland.
Water Conversations. A survey of works 2007-2015 Sept 2015 Review of Anna Macleod’s exhibition at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon by Joanne Laws, arts writer based in the west of Ireland. Features in Art Monthly, edition 389: September 2015, page 22. Read more
Artist Mike Ricketts is now part of the TSOEG network. Ricketts explores uncertainties and tensions associated with public space by engaging with specific spatial controversies, getting embroiled in arenas of friction, overlapping with a variety of different actors and processes. Read more
Rabbit Island, USA applications close 28.08.15 | 23:59 ET We are looking for several artists, writers, poets, architects, designers, composers, filmmakers, musicians, curators, or choreographers to join us next summer. Would you like to live and work on this remote wilderness, pushing your practice and contributing to new understandings of culture and environmental responsibility? If so, we would love to have you on the island. Read more
Passage – publication 2015 My presence was always temporary, in passing. Each time I arrived in a place I began a new story; a quest in search of something elusive, transient or difficult to define, a ‘thing’ both common and rare. My travellers’ observations were inevitably predictable at first but my stories unfolded, twisted and turned leading me to unexpected conversations, coincidences and collaborations. I was a passenger carried along simply by the pleasure of not knowing, the pleasure of not being at home; free to wander and wonder, to surrender to time and warm winds and to fall in love with songs, voices, words, faces, dances and places… now this collection of distilled and fragmented images and sounds reveal and conceal my ‘passage’. Published by Foldedsheet, ISBN 978-0-9568607-5-0. Read more
Using a format of photographic image, spoken word and physical objects, Guide74 leads an audience on an expedition to the Alpine regions of France – a journey of many parts exploring ideas of interrelated geographies and events. See more
Crossed Paths is an artist led fieldwork, a project in development. In this project Whall is drawing together her own walks in, on and around the Pumlumon massif; Pen Pumlumon Fawr, Pen Pumlumon Arwystli, Y Garn, Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan and Pumlumon Fach in the Cambrian Mountains… See more
Passage is a series of quests each made with their own logic and structure and time, are now in pieces; passing, and potentially ever changing, interrelating images and sounds that are seen and heard partially and incompletely. See more
Artist Miranda Whall is now part of the TSOEG network. Whall’s practice evolves through a process of noticing and collecting stuff, people, things and the immaterial and intangible things that belong to, or pass through, places. Read more
In the spring of 2014 I was invited to be a TBA21 Academy Fellow and take part in ‘Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition’, curated by Nadim Samman. As an expedition member to the remote Cocos Island, I was part of a small team tasked with burying the treasure. See more
Guano provides a rich source of fertilizer. For centuries, guano and the birds that produce it played a crucial role in the cultural activities of indigenous communities of Latin America, who were concerned with the fertility of the land and sea. See more
The ‘Seven Summits’ project was commissioned for the 4th edition of the Marrakech Biennale. I proposed to summit the seven mountains over 4000 meters in the Western High Atlas range. See more
Rabbit Island is a remote, 91-acre, forested island located in Lake Superior, Michigan. In the summer of 2011, I lived and worked on the island for over a month. With the assistance of several volunteers and visitors, we broke ground on a sustainable artist residency program. See more
The ‘camanchaca’ describes a unique meteorological condition consisting of a dense morning fog that makes it very difficult to see but never results in rainfall. This phenomenon takes place along the coasts of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. See more
School for Tourists explores global relationships through transience, using the issues of tourism as a model from which to consider global mobility more broadly. School for Tourists examines our relationship to place, questioning the roles of host and guest and asking what it means to belong. See more
Artist Emma Smith is now part of the TSOEG network. Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. Read more
Due to its unique geological and geographical configuration, as the U.S. Geological Survey notes, Chile is the source of 27.5 per cent of the global reserves of copper. Mainly located in the Atacama Desert, these contested extractive ecologies have come to be at the centre of a series of political and environmental disputes. See more
Artist Ignacio Acosta is now part of the TSOEG network. Acosta explores the relationship between mobility and geography, constructing an imaginary landscape that express the impact of economic imperialism. Read more
The Dock, Leitrim, Ireland 03.07.15 – 12.09.15 ‘Water Conversations’ has been structured as a mobile project that initiates local discussions, interviews, and exchanges on the politics, traditions and practices surrounding water use in a variety of global regions. To date projects have been realized in Ghana, West Africa: a variety of locations through Northern India, Colorado, USA, Ireland and Gobi Desert, Mongolia, with research projects continuing in Spain, Australia and Ireland. Read more
‘Water Conversations – Alberta’ was a performative walk with sculpture devised to call attention to the complex contradictions that exist in the beautiful wilderness of Western Canada, where fossil fuel extraction impacts local water bodies and global climate change. See more
Artist Anna Macleod is now part of the TSOEG network. Anna Macleod is an artist based in the rural northwest of Ireland whose recent work embraces questions about land and resources. Read more
The Mosaic Rooms, London 17.06.15 | 7pm Join artist Corinne Silva to discover the inspiration behind the works in her Mosaic Rooms solo exhibition Garden State. Silva will be in conversation with photographer, curator and lecturer Julian Stallabrass. Read more
Corinne Silva photographed the trees in ‘Wounded’ two weeks after a fire raged through the Mount Carmel Forest in December 2010. Lasting four days and nights, it consumed more than 25,000 square kilometers of woodland. See more
The plate of Africa is moving at a rate of 1cm per year against and underneath the Eurasian plate. In 10 – 15 million years, the Mediterranean Sea will no longer exist. See more
Artist Corinne Silva is now part of the TSOEG network. London-based artist Corinne Silva’s practice explores the use of the still and moving image in suggesting metaphysical space. Read more
This work is part of a project about the centroid location of Britain, the point at which a cardboard cut-out of the area could be perfectly balanced on the tip of a pencil. Islands are assumed fixed to the mainland in their precise position by invisible, weightless wires. It lies in the most desolate and remote place in the Forest of Bowland, in Lancashire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This project looks to question the exactitude of place and our relationship to identity within notions of the contemporary Sublime. See more
Artist Véronique Rolland is now part of the TSOEG network. Immersing herself or her sitters in the landscape, Rolland seeks to experiment with the quasi mystical through Nature and the elements. Read more
Artist Andrew Ranville is now part of the TSOEG network. Ranville’s work is largely project-based with location, landscape, and the artwork itself determining the medium. Read more
The Mosaic Rooms, London 14.05.15 – 20.06.15 Coinciding with this year’s Chelsea Flower Show and London Festival of Architecture, we are pleased to present a free photography exhibition Garden State by Corinne Silva. Offering an unexpected view on gardening, the show comprises photographic and sound installations exploring Israel’s suburban gardens, parks and public places. Silva encourages visitors to view gardening not simply as the act of nurturing a plot of land, but as something potentially far more sinister: a tool used in aggressive state expansion, territory marking and occupation. Read more
University of Lincoln February 2016 This symposium explores the relationship between event and documentation as a provocation between the text /visual record and ephemeral art practices as a negotiation between sites that are often represented as polar opposites. These sites could be imagined as a territory where the distinction between land and sea is blurred, for example in alluvial plains, where the interplay between its different stages replenishes and revives each state. Rather than prioritizing one form over another, each manifestation generates potential for further responses, creating an ongoing work. Artist Luce Choules is presenting the paper: Fieldwork In Practice: performance, survey, document Symposium – The Alternative Document Hosted by the College of Arts, University of Lincoln, UK. Also includes an exhibition and publication.
The Burton Art Gallery, Devon 03.10.15 – 13.11.15 Eight contemporary artists are exploring a scarce local pigment, Bideford Black, to create new artworks examining science, industry and society. Selected by open call last autumn, the artists’ work will feature in a special exhibition at the Burton in October 2015 and become part of the gallery’s permanent collection. More info Exhibiting artists Tabatha Andrews / ATOI / Luce Choules / Corinne Felgate / Neville & Joan Gabie / Littlewhitehead / Lizzie Ridout / Sam Treadaway / with film-maker Liberty Smith Project managed by Flow Contemporary Arts in collaboration with Claire Gulliver
To date, this body of work involves a series of detailed surveys of single streets in different European cities, looking for signs of transient life among the features and fixtures of these busy thoroughfares. I search low and high, at the edges and corners, on surfaces and the spaces between. I walk with my camera, noting and documenting ephemeral details, mapping the inches and tints of the area. Through photographic recordings I aim to portray a precarious and wild existence and unique beauty in the everyday. See more
Colour observations of the landscape surrounding Cortijada los Gázquez were made from a single viewpoint, at timed intervals, during a single day. Prior to the residency a structural framework for the painting was developed and fabricated. Exploring colour over distance and time the sequential works made during the residency document an aspect of the temporal luminosity and nuanced hues experienced in the landscape. See more
Artist E. Jackson is now part of the TSOEG network. Jackson is interested in ideas of temporal space – the space between perception and distance, present and future, duration and consciousness. Read more
During 2012 and 2014, artist Luce Choules collaborated on the Joya: arte + ecología’s project Sistemas Efímeros. A series of surveys were made on the terraces of the water-catchment site at Los Gázquez. Using photography and other instruments to record ideas, experimental fieldwork was documented, creating a dataset to inform new conceptual works. Choules is interested in the site as an extension of social space – a place for people to gather, research and modify. For her, Sistemas Efímeros is a site and an idea that encourages change, a location that remains static, and a surface that will see many revisions. See more
Artist Luce Choules is now part of the TSOEG network. Choules’ art deals with an exploration of the Earth’s surface – unfixed topographical features and fluent spatial dynamics, envisioned as the activated spaces of landscape to be surveyed and mapped. Read more
Temporal School of Experimental Geography is an itinerant network of artists sharing ideas and responses to landscape through fieldwork. The intention is to explore and consider the geographic potential of artist-led fieldwork, and the experience and meaning of these practices to contribute to our collective understanding of place. The aim of TSOEG is to bring together artists working across a range of disciplines and geographic environments, to discuss fieldwork as methodology, parallel activity, art form, and research. The activities of the TSOEG network will be shared through presentations, publications, and exhibitions. Read more
Folio is a new series of publications highlighting fieldwork in artistic practice – each ‘folio’ focusses on a single project, or body of work. The aim of Folio is to explore how artists engage with landscape and describe the role of fieldwork in their practice. Curated by artists Choules and Jackson, the Folio collection builds toward a survey of fieldwork in the arts. Read more
The TSOEG library is a resource for books and journals about landscape – all the listed titles have been suggested by artists in the TSOEG network. Topics include: itinerant working and thinking in the landscape; expedition planning and geographical language; travel and natural science; poetry and literature; mapping and culture. See list