I am delighted to be part of Remote Performances, a forthcoming collaboration between artists London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm (the world’s first art radio station). A number of new artworks will be made for radio and broadcast live from Outlandia: August 4 -9 2014
I will be travelling to Glen Nevis in the Scottish Highlands and will have an opportunity to work in this amazing tree house studio. Other participating artists include Bram Arnold, Atlas Arts, Ruth Barker, Ed Baxter (with Resonance Radio Orchestra), Johny Brown (with Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn), Clair Chinnery, Adam Dant, Tam Dean Burn, Benedict Drew, Alec Finlay (with Ken Cockburn), Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson, Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, Parl Kristian Bjorn Vester (aka Goodiepal), Sarah Kenchington, Lee Patterson, Michael Pedersen (with Ziggy Campbell), Geoff Sample, Mark Vernon, and Tracey Warr.
I have worked with London Fieldworks before. Back in 1999, a group of us travelled to a similarly remote location, the uninhabited Southern Hebridean island of Sanda, to conduct creative experiments into the relationships between mind and weather. I blogged about the experience a decade or so later, when Outlandia first opened.
A book from London Fieldworks entitled Syzygy/Polaria, documents that project on Sanda Island, and includes my short story ‘Stormbringer’.
Here is the announcement about London Fieldworks’ new project Remote Pefrormances:
For one week in August 2014, 20 specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents will be broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland.
With Resonance 104.4fm’s mobile studio ‘in residence’, Outlandia will become a portal between Lochaber and the rest of the world, a context in which participants can transmit experience of place to diverse audiences through art, music and performance.
Artists from England, Scotland and beyond will respond to Outlandia’s distinctive and remote geographical forest location overlooked by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands. Taking place at the moment when Scotland votes on the continuance or dissolution of the 300 year old Acts of Union the week-long series of broadcasts and blogposts will be a timely reflection on contemporary ideas of remoteness, capturing and transmitting creative interactions with the land, its history and people and the tensions between nature, industry, tourism and heritage.