Image Credit: Robyn Woolston
Source: The New York Times - Dot Earth Blog by Andrew Revkin
AS AN artist, film-maker and former winner of the Liverpool Art Prize – a competition that began during the European Capital of Culture year in Liverpool in 2008 – I can state categorically that what Hull is about to encounter offers a myriad of truly life-changing experiences…
Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor. Liverpool Art Prize winner Robyn Woolston will be taking part in Threshold 2014 http://thresholdfestival.co.uk
I’ve just returned from a research trip to France that explored Nantes and the St Nazaire region courtesy of Polly Moseley (Consultant/Producer), the British Council (http://www.britishcouncil.org), Lieu Unique (http://www.lelieuunique.com) and Voyage à Nantes (http://www.levoyageanantes.fr/en/).
The concentrated nature of the trip, lasting just a few days, reminded me of how densely layered new experiences can be when one fully commits to the ‘shock of the new’.
“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map…nights with strange paintings and floral spreads and cable television that furnish a reprieve from my own biography, when in Benjamin’s terms, I have lost myself though I know where I am. Moments when I say to myself as feet or car clear a crest or round a bend, I have never seen this place before. Times when some architectural detail on vista that has escaped me these many years says to me that I never did know where I was, even when I was home.”
A Field Guide to Getting Lost - Rebecca Solnit
The Designed and Emergent dancing intensely with each other over the course of just a few days. Psychogeography creating as great an impact upon the experience as the round table discussion with Thomas Heatherwick (http://www.heatherwick.com), Kirsty Lang (BBC) & creatives from the region.
The British Council framed the strategic discussions by raising the following themes:
"Our purpose in designing this event has been to develop and strengthen connections between the UK and the Nantes region, both bilaterally and in wider multilateral projects. We would also like to explore new ways of taking these fledgling partnerships forward, helping them to reach their maximum potential and to gain recognition for the richness that cross-sector collaboration brings to wider society."
Julia Handelman-Smith. Head of Programmes and Partnerships, British Council France.
Whilst I realise what I’ve seen and heard, explored and learnt will take weeks and months to digest fully. There are some conclusions that come to mind…
“All that we make and do is shaped by the communities and traditions that contain us, not to mention by money, power, politics, and luck. And even should the artist or scientist think she as extracted herself from the world to stand alone in the studio, a tremendous array of faculties and mind-states may well attend her creativity.”
Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership - Lewis Hyde
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Incredibly pleased to be exhibiting alongside Mike Badger, Jyll Bradley, Li Wei Chen, Jagjit Chuhan, Rick Creed, Gill Curry, John Davies, Alan Dunn, Michelle Edwards, Jemma Egan, Leo Fitzmaurice, Pete Flowers, Elaine Furniss, Mark Harrison, John Hughes, David Jacques, Jason Jones, Gareth Kemp, Nicki McCubbing, Geoff Molyneux, Neil Morris, Tabitha Moses, Bernadette O’Toole, Jeannie Powell, James Quin, Pauline Reeves, Ottoman Said, Amrit & Rabindra Singh, Emily Speed, John Steele, Chris Sutherland, Nick Sykes, Chiz Turnross, Claire Weetman, Elizabeth Willow, Lila Wilson, Alex Wolkowicz, Simon Woolham & Hannah Wooll.
— R. Buckminster Fuller
Listen to an interview with award-winning artist Robyn Woolston as she explains in more detail about Habitus, the innovative art installation she has created for Edge Hill University.