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Reflections on our latest visit to Knepp

On 14th– 17th September 2018, I returned to Knepp Castle Estate for a third time with Jamie Lorimer, along with three new visitors: Sofie Narbed, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. On previous trips we had scoped out, explored and experimented with this complicated site; learning to read, interpret and work with the wild processes and inhabitants of the Wildland Project (Overend and Lorimer 2018). This time, we planned to make something: to create a text that…

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Added by David Overend on October 29, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Six Wild Ways of the Oak

An audio essay by Jamie Lorimer, Sofie Narbed, David Overend, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. Written at Knepp Wildland Project in West Sussex.

The Six Wild…

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Added by David Overend on October 8, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Laura Bissell on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Filipa F. Soares on January 15, 2018 at 17:02 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Sarah Hopfinger on January 15, 2018 at 15:37 — No Comments

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

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Added by Laura Bissell on December 12, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Kneppimagepoem

Deadcoralarch

Homehearthtable…

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Added by Laura Bissell on October 27, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Helen Billinghurst's sketches and maps

Some images and maps by Helen Billinghurst, from a creative retreat at Knepp Castle Estate, West Sussex…

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Added by David Overend on October 11, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by David Overend on October 10, 2017 at 23:16 — 1 Comment

The Elephant in the Hedge

9 February 2017

I have been spending a lot of time on my own recently, taking a regular journey by air between my home in Glasgow and my workplace in Surrey. This hasn’t been entirely unpleasant. Suspended miles above the landscape, or responding…

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Added by David Overend on February 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Laura Bissell on July 27, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments

"Water matters: TUG onboard and TUG footpath" Studies in Theatre and Performance Volume 36, 2016 - Issue 2

"Water matters: TUG onboard and TUG footpath" Dr Laura Bissell

Studies in Theatre and Performance 

Volume 36, 2016 - Issue 2

This article uses…

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Added by Laura Bissell on March 30, 2016 at 23:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Laura Bissell on December 21, 2015 at 23:00 — No Comments

Creative Collaboration: Sound Walk

As part of a creative collaboration with sound designer and composer Tim Cooper, we undertook a sound walk on the shores of Cowal: …

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Added by Laura Bissell on October 21, 2015 at 5:00 — No Comments

Geology Coastal Walk

As part of the initial stage of my research leave exploring the sea in performance, I undertook a geology walk on Innellan Beach as part of Cowalfest, a walking an art festival in Cowal. You can read about my geological journeying here: …

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Added by Laura Bissell on October 16, 2015 at 0:30 — No Comments

“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…
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Added by Laura Bissell on June 30, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

"Reimagined Journeys" - Everyday Commuting Excursions

 

In 2013 David Overend (UWS) and I began a collaborative research project exploring our everyday journeys between…

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Added by Laura Bissell on June 23, 2015 at 14:00 — 23 Comments

On Contemplation: A Dawn to Dusk Solo in a Wilderness Setting

On Contemplation: A Dawn to Dusk Solo in a Wilderness Setting

Dr Laura Bissell, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Figure 1: Knoydart

In March 2013 I attended a week long residency in Knoydart in the Western Highlands of Scotland. This area has been called…

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Added by Laura Bissell on January 10, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Laura Bissell on May 31, 2014 at 3:30 — No Comments

Walking Gourock to Glasgow: Reimagining my Commute

Laura Bissell

(Be)Coming to Glasgow: Reimagining my commute

“One must start by leaving open spaces of experimentation, search, transition: becoming-nomads.” (Braidotti, 2011:164)

The idea of reimagining my commute initially seemed driven by the desire to propel myself from the starting point of my home in Innellan, Argyll,…

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Added by Laura Bissell on April 9, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments

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