Wild Culture Diary - August 2013
Until 4th August
LONDON: Performance art, immersive installation and experimental theatre combine in the works of multi-disciplinary collective Arbonauts, whose latest extravaganza of a project marks the start of two simultaneous south London event programmes: Nunhead Festival and The Elephant and the Nun Festival. Taking place at dusk among the trees, chapel and meandering pathways of the evocative Nunhead Cemetery, Biped's Monitor re-imagines Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees to create a surreal and magical experience.
Get Lost in the Sea of Nature
TORONTO: The Toronto chapter of the Transition Movement are hosting an afternoon workshop in order to introduce participants to the joys of foraging. By helping people to identify wild vegetables and other free edible goodness, the aim is to bypass the many environmental problems associated with industrialised food production. Instead, they're encouraging a reconnection with the land and helping to build local communities based on resilience and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
From 10th August
NEW YORK: A first major exhibition dedicated entirely to sound art launches at MoMA this summer. All manner of diverse approaches are in evidence - across art, architecture, performance, technology and music - with work by the likes of Luke Fowler, Florian Hecker, Haroon Mirza, Susan Philipsz and Stephen Vitiello. Whilst sound may seem like something immaterial or transient, the exhibition declares its focus on sound that relates directly to place, space and social reality.
15th - 18th August
HAMPSHIRE: The network of writers, artists and thinkers behind the Dark Mountain Project are holding their third and final annual Uncivilisation Festival at the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire for three days this August. Pitched as "a gathering of people searching for answers to questions about our collective future", the festival features a diverse programme of art, music and activities - from wandering in the woods to children's activities, writing to scything.
From 17th August
Cloth & Memory
SALTAIRE: Twenty three contemporary artists have responded to the space and history of Salts Mill - once the mill that made the fortune (and name) of Sir Titus Salt and now a complex containing shops, restaurants and a sizeable art gallery - in this intriguing and thought-provoking exhibition. Artists are both local and international, emerging and established, with perhaps the most interesting story being Reece Clements whose grandmother and great grandmother both worked as spinners at Salts Mill.
22nd - 26th August
Happy Days Enniskillen
ENNISKILLEN: Billed as the world's first annual festival celebrating the Samuel Beckett, Happy Days takes place in Ireland's only island town, Enniskillen, where Becket himself spent his formative years. The programme features all manner of events across theatre, art, music and dance, with a particular emphasis placed on exploring the history, architecture and geography of the town itself. Highlights include talks from philosopher John Gray and poet Kathleen Jamie and an experiential production of Dante's Inferno taking place in Marble Arch Caves.
Read our review of the inaugural 2012 edition of Happy Days Enniskillen.
Botanical Boat Tour
BRISTOL: A volunteer from the University of Bristol's Botanic Garden leads a boat tour of Seeds of Change - the "floating ballast seed garden" installed between Bristol Bridge and Castle Park by Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves. The tour introduces visitors to the concept behind the project - which involved the excavation and planting of seeds long-buried in the river banks - as well as giving some insight into where the plants originated from, how they have traditionally been used and what function they serve today.
Until 25th August
Champlain - The First Account
QUEBEC: Last chance to see the Canadian Museum of Civilizaton's exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s journey up the Ottawa River, which saw the first meeting between First Nations and French cultures. Focusing on the pre-existing Aboriginal peoples, the journey itself, and the impact of Champlain's arrival, the exhibition includes some 50 rare objects and artefacts, including th astrolabe attributed to the founder of New France and Champlain's own baptismal record.