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ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION 5
Convened by Rachel Hindley partnered with Back Lane West

Karen Wydler and Zoe Young

Saturday 21st November 2015
The Elms (CN4C), 61 Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS
5pm - 8.30pm - including refreshments/food

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Artists in Conversation 4
Convened by Rachel Hindley partnered with Back Lane West

artist talks/discussion/food

Sarah Ciurysek & Lisa Hirmer

Saturday 5th September 2015
The Elms (CN4C), 61 Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS
5-8.30pm - including refreshments/food

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Cost is £5.00 to help cover artists' talks and food - payment on the door. Location Map

We are very pleased to welcome Sarah Ciurysek and Lisa Hirmer to our 4th Artists in Conversation to talk about their work, their soil culture residencies and wider related, social and cultural issues.
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Sarah Ciurysek

Sarah Ciurysek is a Canadian artist using photography, video, audio, and installation to examine our relationship with the ground. She will speak about her practice and in particular about her project Grounded, Leaping, which was made during a 10-day Soil Culture residency at Daylesford Organic Farm in April 2015.

Grounded, Leaping: an audio walk about soil, and about what we can and can’t see -- underground, above ground, and within. It is a site-specific project, made and shown at Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire. The project engages visitors’ senses and imaginations by combining a memorable physical experience (the rich sensory experience of being outside on the land), with an imaginative mental experience (as the listener must piece together what they are seeing with the stories that they are listening to).

It’s also a portrait of the people of Daylesford and the local community, as Daylesford staff and people living nearby describe their many relationships with soil. There’s a wonderful gathering of very talented, passionate people at the farm, and in Grounded, Leaping they have shared some of their incredible knowledge and memories to accompany listeners in their walk with soil.

http://sarahciurysek.com/

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Lisa Hirmer

Lisa Hirmer is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Guelph, Canada. She creates the majority of her work under the pseudonym DodoLab, an experimental artistic practice that is focused on developing productive approaches to working with the public and the nebulous reality of public opinion. Often modeled as a type of performative research, DodoLab’s work explores and responds to the public's relationship with contemporary issues—meaning that it is never solely an idea in and of itself that is explored through her work, but rather an idea in relation to the public’s understandings and beliefs about that idea.

Hirmer was selected for the residency at Peninsula Arts, where she worked with the public in the gallery and with soil scientists at the University of Plymouth. The project looked at the ecological role of peatlands, particularly in their capacity as carbon sinks that capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide. During the residency, Hirmer simultaneously learned about the process of carbon sequestration in sphagnum bogs (particularly those in nearby Dartmoor) and probed gallery visitors’ beliefs about how we measure the value of things like carbon sinks which have significant long-term global benefits and yet are difficult to register or visualize in our everyday lives. As conversations unfolded during the project, with both the researchers and the public, the gallery space was used like a bulletin board to hold in space the wealth of ideas that emerged. Taken together, these postings (which were re-created for the touring exhibition) begin to capture our complicated relationship with this unique substance as it comes up against the reality of our everyday lives, our limits as individuals struggling against and within larger systems and our deeply rooted but slowly-shifting ideas about nature and our role within it.

http://www.dodolab.ca/
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This is the fourth in our first series of Artists in Conversation. This initial series is developed from CCANW's (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World) Soil Culture Project, and aims to both add to the legacy and widen the debate around this project. AIC has invited artists involved in CCANW's Soil Culture Project's short residencies based around the SW.

Further info on the Soil Culture Project residencies:

http://ccanw.co.uk/artist-residencies.htm
http://rane.falmouth.ac.uk/home.html
Artists in Conversation is supported by Cornwall College
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Artists in Conversation 3
Convened by Rachel Hindley partnered with Back Lane West

Saturday 18th July 2015
The Elms (CN4C), 61 Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS
5-9pm - including refreshments/food

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Cost £5.00 (to pay on the door)
The Elms - Location Map

This is the third in our first series of Artists in Conversation! This initial series is developed from CCANW's (Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World) Soil Culture Project, and aims to both add to the legacy and widen the debate around this project. AIC has invited artists involved in CCANW's Soil Culture Project's short residencies based around the SW. ccanw.co.uk/artist-residencies.htm

We are very pleased to welcome ANTON BURDAKOV to our 3rd Artists in Conversation to talk about his residency at The Eden Project in March/April this year, and also about his wider work. www.antonburdakov.com/

DARO MONTAG - CCANW Co-Director and leader of RANE will join us to talk briefly about the Soil Culture residencies' touring exhibition, and what the future holds in terms of CCANW and the Soil Culture project.

ANDREW BIRD will talk about his and VAL ASHBY's research project/residency at East Pool Mine (near Redruth) where they are collaborating with the National Trust and students from the FDA/BA Hons Contemporary Creative Practice at Cornwall College.

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ANTON BURDAKOV
Currently working from both London and Berlin, Burdakov studied neuroscience at the University of Cambridge before studying sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. Through object-making and site-specific installations, his work explores transitions between spaces and states, focusing on the spatial dimensions of personal relationships and goals.
Anton was selected for the residency at the Eden Project, which invited an artist to work with the team to re-engage Eden’s diverse audience with the many facets and functions of soil. These included soil’s mineral make-up, its role in food production, the life contained within it, its importance in feeding the global population and its role as a carbon sink. The residency’s aim was to provoke curiosity and ultimately create a love affair between humanity and soil. It was also an opportunity to communicate the unique process of creating soil at Eden in just 18 months, a process that usually takes 200 years.

In advance of the residency Anton created a mobile sculptural unit, based on the molecular structure of china clay, mined in the quarry on which the Eden Project is built. During his residency the structure functioned as a tool for engagement, display and research – becoming a kind of three-dimensional soil 'map'. It was gradually populated with stories, images, natural and human-made artifacts that emerged from a dialogue with the Eden community (including soil scientists, horticulturalists and cultural programmers) and visitors. During his residency at the Eden Project he also hosted a visit from students on the MA Art and Environment programme at Falmouth University. Anton was particularly interested in the way in which 'soil life', the myriads of tiny organisms, the complex machinery of nature with its cycles and structures, ultimately translates to cycles and narratives of human life, individual and communal.

The structure he created, ‘Soil Map’, is a three-dimensional map exploring cultural and emotional associations with soil. It brings to the fore latent narratives and sets up new connections between the displayed objects, stories and images. The first version currently on show in Bristol focuses on soil as a living archive. Both here and throughout the touring of this exhibition, members of the public are invited to share their associations and contribute to the collection of objects which could be presented on ‘Soil Map’ as it keeps evolving.

www.antonburdakov.com/

ANDREW BIRD and VAL ASHBY
The Pool /Redruth area is an area with high levels of soil contamination and depletion due to its history of intense mining activity. Bird and Ashby's interest is in researching ways in which local communities in this area can reclaim their soil and how, as artists, they can raise awareness of the issues and construct solutions to them which are creative, optimistic and engage the public.

They are proposing a collaborative soil creation program at East Pool Mine to address the particular problems of soil depletion encountered on this site and by the surrounding community. In this they will be supporting the long term aims of East Pool Mine in the creation of a community garden as a focal point of educational projects and community engagement within this heritage site.
Andrew and Val hope to create a model which could be replicated not only by members of the local community, allowing them to reclaim their soil, but as a collaborative community-based arts practice, transferable to other locations where communities are suffering from the effects of soil contamination and depletion.

Further information:

ccanw.co.uk/artist-residencies.htm
rane.falmouth.ac.uk/home.html

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Artists in Conversation 2

Convened by Rachel Hindley, partnered with Back Lane West

Artists in Conversation is supported by Cornwall College

Saturday April 18th
The Elms (CN4C), 61 Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS

5pm - 9pm - including refreshments

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With Anne Marie Culhane and Zoe Young

This is the second in our first series of talks and discussions titled Artists in Conversation. Begun in November 2014, this initial series of discussions aims to add to the legacy, and widening of the debate, around the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World’s (CCANW) Soil Culture Project, which included the Soil Culture Forum held at Falmouth University earlier in 2014 in collaboration with the University’s RANE (Research in Art, Nature, and the Environment).

AIC has invited artists involved in CCANW's Soil Culture Project's short residencies based around the SW. These are aimed at encouraging an exploration of the importance of soil, providing dedicated time for experimentation, research, and the development of new artworks.
ccanw.co.uk/artist-residencies.htm

Anne Marie Culhane's residency was based at Exeter University's Streatham Campus. She will talk about this, and more widely about her work.

"My practice is interdisciplinary, often collaborative and involves
listening, observation and responding to or with people or places. This
often consists of events or series of activity, usually outdoors and
site specific, with multiple possibilities for participation."

'She brings people together into affirmative ways of living by setting in
motion dynamic frames of ecology and connection.'
Wayne Hill, writer & associate editor - Performance Research
www.amculhane.co.uk/

Zoe Young ecological artist, filmmaker and facilitator returns to AIC to stimulate discussions around 'soil' and land, ownership and the idea of 'the commons'.

Indigenous people say 'Land is our mother'
Traveling people say 'You cannot own the land - the land owns you'.
Settled farmers say 'Get off my land'.

Zoe moves from circle to circle across the world. Sometimes she's researching, sometimes making films about fairness with charities, universities and the UN, sometimes stomping cob for mudhuts or climbing trees to save them from roads; sometimes documenting Soil Culture artists' residencies for CCANW.
Can it be that conceptions of conservation, capital, culture and community co-create our connection to the collective, to commons... what is this land to us, anyway?"
http://www.zoeyoung.net/

ccanw.co.uk/artist-residencies.htm
www.ccanw.co.uk/
ccanw.co.uk/soil-culture-forum.htm

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Artists in Conversation 1

Convened by Rachel Hindley, hosted by Back Lane West

Artists in Conversation is supported by Cornwall College

Saturday 15th November
The Elms (CN4C), 61 Green Lane, Redruth TR15 1LS
4pm - 8pm - including refreshments

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Introduced by Daro Montag - CCANW Co-Director & leader of RANE

This event marks the beginning in a series of talks and discussions titled Artists in Conversation to be developed further in 2015. Convened by Rachel Hindley and hosted by Back Lane West, the discussions aim to add to the legacy, and widening of the debate, around the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World’s (CCANW) Soil Culture Project, which included the Soil Culture Forum held at Falmouth University earlier in 2014 in collaboration with the University’s RANE (Research in Art, Nature, and the Environment).

Three rounds of artist residencies have been organised by CCANW in the SW, aimed at encouraging an exploration of the importance of soil, providing dedicated time for experimentation, research, and the development of new artworks. It is from these residencies that Artists in Conversation has invited its contributors.

The event on Saturday 15th November is the pilot of the expected 2015 series, and Artists in Conversation has invited 1st round residency artist Jonny Briggs, and author and filmmaker Zoe Young, to be the first contributors.

Jonny Briggs - one of the first artists in residence, will be discussing his work, not only in the context of the Soil Culture Project, but also with reference to the art historical and philosophical questions raised within the paradigm of participatory arts.
www.jonnybriggs.com

Zoe Young - is an ecological author, filmmaker and facilitator. She was commissioned to document the CCANW series of artist residencies in the SW, and will be introducing clips of the first series. She will also show clips from Bryony Stokes' film of the Soil Culture Forum, which took place at Falmouth University earlier in 2014.
www.zoeyoung.net
www.bryonystokes.com

http://ccanw.co.uk/soil-culture-forum.htm
http://ccanw.co.uk/artist-residencies.htm
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The aim of Artists in Conversation is to form the basis of a body of research, which starts with the notion of soil as a common denominator of both ownership and authorship, which in the context of the Soil Culture Project, constitutes both a microcosm of land and a medium and tool of the artist. One of the fundamental questions that emerges out of these ideas, is how important or necessary is it for society and artists to relinquish ownership and authorship, for the sake of social change? Drawing upon the socio-cultural and political concerns surrounding the participatory arts and social change, Artists in Conversation endeavours to provide an open platform for debate, to which all the Soil Culture artists in residence will be invited to contribute, with reference to their own art practice.