Blog Post

Languages of land as night draws in

Posted 02/11/21 by Charlotte Mountford

What does a reciprocal relationship with land look, smell, feel, sound like? If we try to move beyond ownership and extraction—or even conservation—how do we then relate to the hazel-shaws, aps’tgu’j, and móinéar**?

As part of our Climate Beacon’s project The Land for Those That Work It and with the COP26 conference in full-swing in Glasgow, The Bare Project (a theatre and interactive arts company) are here at LAC, trying to understand our ancient relationships with land that may help guide our future.

The Bare Project are working with crofters, linguists, a herbalist, academics, a filmmaker, and a fiddle player to get to grips with the languages of land that have been all-but lost to British colonialism, and post-industrial capitalism.

The company are a group of English speakers and recognise that these stories, concepts, and words cannot necessarily be directly translated. So, what experiences can we create to help others to understand these languages of land when words are insufficient?

This project is part of Creative Carbon Scotland’s Climate Beacons for COP26 and is designed for local people in the Caithness area, who are interested in land justice, the role of language in our relationships with land, and contemporary performance.

Join us at 7pm on the 11th November at Reiss Village Hall for an audio-visual performance installation and a meal to help us answer these questions.

This installation is part of a broader project called The People’s Palace of Possibility, a long-form arts and permaculture project which took off via the postal service during the lockdowns of 2020, and will culminate in a community-owned food forest in South Yorkshire. The live audience will be invited to explore the many rooms of The People’s Palace of Possibility, each with a different invitation for conversation or play. The piece will feature an audio artwork including the voices of local people on the theme of their relationships with land. As part of the installation we will also share a meal created from locally grown and foraged ingredients.

The work will be made available to online audiences in the form of a short film on 24 November.

More information on how to book will be released shortly.

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