All posts filed under: Fieldwork

The Invisibility of Huge Things

This project was held in Curonian Spit, a region separated by the baltic sea and Curonian Lagoon and between the territories of Lithuania and Russia. It is home to the highest moving (drifting) sand dunes in Europe and several ecological communities are present on the Spit, from its outer beaches to dune ridges, wetlands, meadows, and forests. See more

Irony

Red Ochre derived from the earth was the earliest communications bridge – think cave paintings. Thought to reality, reality to spirit, a mechanism for change, a thread linking groups and communities as they evolved, grew and spread. See more

Geopresències

During the cycle, people from various disciplines were invited to contribute their different points of view in relation to the complexity of a territory, very marked by urban pressure and the proliferation of dismembered places, empty of content. See more

min egen sol

My main interest in this project was to bring to light events that are denied by the field of Geophysics due to the simple fact that there is no plausible explanation about their natures. See more

Choreography and Landscape

The project explored the dynamics of periphery landscapes, through a geographical immersion of the body. The geomorphology of the land and its environmental components were taken into account, as well as the relationship of the different edges with adjacent neighbours. See more

Archaeology of Sacrifice

Today, sacrifice is mediated by market exchange – the well-being of humans, non-humans and the environment has been betrayed in favour of economic growth. Sacrifice zones are proliferating in areas deemed most extractable, most exploitable – usually regions under pressure from neoliberal policies. See more

Fangar

Fangar (Quagmire) explores the surface of an area of the Ebro Delta, one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region. Portrayed as a desert, this work was in fact developed at the sea shore. See more

Fieldworking

Six artists, an ecologist and two filmmakers were brought together at a former scientific field station to cultivate multifarious practices of artistic fieldwork. Together we found ways of existing, inhabiting and working within the context of this remote location. See more

hidden and missing things

hidden and missing things was a project I held during a residency programme in the south-west coast of Finland. The main subject and argument was the manipulation of an age-old technique of divining with the purpose of activating relations between the local environment, beliefs and the human being who manipulates it. See more

Vivo. Objeto. Virtual

Vivo. Objeto. Virtual is an account of previous experiences of work in artistic institutions where, beyond the environmental conditions of the exhibition spaces, the exhibition of the work reveals the difficulty of plant survival in a hostile environment, both environmentally and by the apparent misunderstanding between two ecosystems: the artistic and botanical. See more

East of Eden

The East of Eden project is a series of photographs that document the River Tees as it travels through the topography/geography of the North East and uses the landscapes that have been created by the ever-changing industrial, economic, political and sometimes social needs and interventions along its course, from its source in the High Pennines on Cross Fell to its meeting with the North Sea at Teesmouth. See more

Re-making

The soft water gliding seemingly softly over the granite rocks, slowly sneaking its way into the rocks’ crystalline matrix with the help of some acidity – where the process of hydrolysis is altering feldspar into kaolinite, with potassium ions, bicarbonate and silica in the solution as a byproduct. See more

Into the Mountain

Into the Mountain is a place relational performance project. Inspired and informed by the lyrical and embodied prose of Nan Shepherd’s 1974 book, The Living Mountain, the project explores and celebrates women’s relationships with mountainous environments. See more

Perpetual Drawing

I used the island itself as a sketchbook and lab. By exploring the contours of its natural patterns, a series of ethereal photographs and sketches emerged of the things that make up the place – rocks, pine needles, shadows, driftwood, whatever was naturally at hand – in a celebration of what exists, resisting the human tendency to tear down, build up, and conquer. See more

Time Capsule

Time Capsule is a 24-hour intervention in which the zURBS team is located in the urban landscape engaging with passers-by and the environment, to create a time capsule that “captures” the 24 hrs of “here and now” of this particular place. See more

Five Square Kilometres, The Dark Peak

I was considering how walking and camping on my own could facilitate a closer relationship with an area that I was walking repeatedly since 2011 as a recreational walker and much more intensely as an artist since July 2014. My interest in the flora and fauna and the terrain through which I walk is important but for now remains more incidental to the final photographic documentation that I produce. See more

Fixed Position

The further I went into a cave, the more disorientated I become. The blackness is so dense that you can’t see the edge of your own form. These ideas of ‘merging’ and ‘nowhere-ness’ have parallels with the project’s original attempts to describe the navigation of virtual space. See more

Espesuras

Espesuras (Thickets) is a series of views of the landscape from its own interior, where the abundant vegetation hides the horizon. It is an area covered in Aleppo pines, rosemary, thyme, wheat, oats, almond trees and poppies, among others. See more

Rêverie (‘Nhomiah)

For many years, I had a recurring dream: I’m walking in the mountains with my grandfather. The sky is cloudy, it is hot, it must be summer. The place is familiar, something tells me that I know the trails well. Suddenly in front of me opens a canyon, or what resembles me as the limit of the mountain. See more

Estudi d’un Camp

In contrast to the immensity of the landscape offered by the views of Farrera, I have proposed to focus on the small scale. For 10 days I have studied a pasture field, characteristic of this valley. The process is collected in a set of small installations that make up a personal interpretation of this place. See more

El Plantoceno

The name of Plantocene arises in opposition to the Anthropocene (recently differentiated geological epoch whose protagonist is the human being and its impacts on the planet). Considering the effects of photosynthesis in the composition of the planet, why do we not consider our planet from a Plantocene perspective, getting away from our traditional Anthropocenic view? See more

Ask Somerset’s Plants

Ask Somerset’s Plants brought the knowledge of local flora to bear on everyday human problems and dilemmas. The project was steered by the questions that Somerset audiences posed. Not questions about nature or plants, as you might expect, but about people’s own lives and human society, questions that varied from the political and societal to the deeply personal. See more

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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

The Liveliest of Elements, an Ordinary Extraordinary Material

The Liveliest of Elements, an Ordinary Extraordinary Material is an exhibition of work formed from an elongated period of research into upland peat landscapes. Specifically Moss Flats, a bare peat flatland, approximately 50 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North Pennines, a landscape that gave Harrington an insight into the substance of peat as a dynamic and changeable material. See more

Layerscape (peat bogs)

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

Cultivating Colour

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

Guide74

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

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

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

Chanavaya

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

Seven Summits

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 / No Island is a Man

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

Sulphuric Acid Route

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

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

Copper Geographies

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

Water Conversations – Alberta

‘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

Wounded

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

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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

In Search of Flora

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

Here Beyond

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

Terreno

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