centrifuging

Meeting with Jackie (Forestry Commission) – she knows 1001 stories about Bennachie, it’s landscape, history and culture.
Then we revisit the School of Geoscience again to hear more about pollen analysis, to understand the process and what the scientists are looking for. We are particulary interested in the part of the process where the scientist (in this case: Ed) has completed all the generally accepted procedures (there is lots of centrifugation involved) and starts with his interpretation, based on his own knowledge. How does he, the scientist-author creates new knowledge. Additionally we are interested in the process of visualising data, what kind of decision making (what kind of aesthetic decisions) are involved in the process of creating the diagram?

Category art & science, artists in residence

field trip

So this is the field trip – our third trip to the hills, this time the Oxen Craig route – with Dr Ed Schofield, Dr Tim Mighal and Laura McHardie – and lots of other interested people of Balies of Bennachie (which is important as someone has to carry all the equipment!). The field trip was about taking cores out of the peat. The team was able to take cores until it was 4.90m below surface. All are quite excited about how old the material might be – but this is something where the radiocarbon dating will deliver proper data.

Category art & science, artists in residence

prototyping

After making tests and models, we are preparing the real structure.

Category award, environment, installation

floating stones – dates

The date for the sculpture in the sea is confirmed: 14 – 27 July the stones will float in Loch Fyne, near Tarbert (White Shore/Port Ban). Two underwater photographer will join us and document the work: Monika Franck and Herwarth Voigtmann. ~ in the fields are collecting plastic litter (finding canisters full of oil occasionally) – mainly on beaches between Oban and Campbeltown.

Category award, environment, ~ in the fields

~ in the lab

In the Department of Geography & Environment at Aberdeen University we are meeting Dr. Ed Schofield, Laura McHardie and to hear our first lesson about pollen analysis. They are reconstructing past environments and now working on the Bennachie project. Laura is particulary interested in the pictish period.

Category art & science, artists in residence

Natural Bennachie Commission

~ in the fields is selected for one of the Natural Bennachie Commissions – the Art & Science Collaboration.

Natural Bennachie is being delivered in partnership with the Bailies of Bennachie, Bennachie Landscapes, Forestry Commission Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and the University of Aberdeen.
Category artists in residence, ~ in the fields

new floating stones

Following our diagram of floating stones installation (Shetland Islands) we decided to make other sculptural installations directly in the sea – the first version will be in Loch Fyne, Argyll. As we are researching coastal plastic pollution, this work will connect found plastic debris with stones typical of the area. The plastic will be arranged in the sea like the prehistoric cup- and ringmarks unique to the Kilmartin Glen area. The stones will be suspended to the plastic debris rings and float in the seawater. The rings made out of plastic debris be seen from land. The other part – the floating ring of stones will be visible for divers. The stone circle will hang in a distance below the plastic underwater.
The project is supported by Creative Scotland and Sibylle Heissler (a keen diver and environmentalist)…
Category award, environment, installation

floating stones

Following our diagram of floating stones installation (Shetland Islands) we decided to make other sculptural installations directly in the sea – the first version will be in Argyll. As we are researching coastal plastic pollution, this work will connect found plastic debris with stones typical of the area. The plastic will be arranged in the sea like the prehistoric cup- and ringmarks unique to the Kilmartin Glen area. The stones will be suspended to the plastic debris rings and float in the seawater, because of the plastic’s bouyancy. The rings made out of plastic debris be seen from land. The other part – the floating ring of stones will be visible for divers or via photos. The stone circle will hang in a distance below the plastic underwater.
The project is supported by Creative Scotland and Sibylle Heissler (a keen diver and environmentalist)…
Category ~ in the fields

talk at eca

~ in the fields will talk about their sculptural work, concepts and design processes at eca (Edinburgh College of Art), Sculpture Department.

Venue: eca, Evolution House, Room 2:13
Date: 29th October, 2pm
Category ~ in the fields

Festival Detours

In this one-off performance, singer/songwriter Scott Hutchison of the band Frightened Rabbit responds to the work of ~ in the fields at New Media Scotland

Venue: Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, EH8 Edinburgh
Date: August 29th 2012, 3.30 – 4pm
Festival Detours is commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival.
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