The Fox the Deer and the Black Wood
Brett Bloom and Nuno Sacramento asked us to talk about the artwork that we do in relationship to the human and non human communities that are found in the ancient semi natural forests in Scotland. Camp Breakdown Break Down was a gathering at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, it ran From July 6 through July 13, in Lumsden, Scotland.
Building on the talk we prepared for the Muir and Environmental Values workshop, Reiko and I rewrote the presentation to make a point for the assembly of arts and humanities based environmental activists… that theory and practice are necessarily integrated when ethics and aesthetics are part of the intention of a sustained creative inquiry. We referenced the practices that led to exhibitions like ‘Sylva Caledonia’.
Brett Bloom from Chicago (organizing the project with Nuno Sacramento from the Scottish Sculpture Workshop) talked about ‘petrosubjectivity’. Other speakers included the noted author and land ownership researcher and activist Andy Wightman, and the author and BBC commentator, the social ecologist Alistair MacIintosh speaking about land and spirituality. Charlotte Du Cann and Nick Hunt were in to talk about the evolution and direction of their amazing Dark Mountain project. Nuno Sacramento talked about reorienting himself to a changing landscape, Karen Grant spoke about to what some call the ‘hutopian’ movement in Scotland, the creative ‘reverse migration’ that intends new social relationships with the land!
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