Event: Orographic - by Oceanallover

Doors Open Days 2018
2 September 2018
This project is about morphography, transfiguration, mapping, describing, showing and epitomising; it is about mountains, desire, emotion, before and after, landscape, drawing, moving, falling down, gravity, ecology and responsibility.

An Inclination to describe what we have seen leads us to make communications with other people and with the things around us. We are a descriptor for our own behaviour and a description of physical action. What we see is how we are or may become. To look at a mountain is to look at something vast, we become filled with a desire to be part of that enormity. What may feel like a desire for conquest is a need for assimilation and belonging. If we break something to discover what it is made of then we are trying to become like the thing we have destroyed. The short circuit of seeing linked with a desire to own can prevent us from seeing and understanding.
This project will look at the landscape and at massive, tectonic structures in particular. Artist and public will be invited to consider the physical form and effects of mountains on their own lives. At each location we will create a response to one monumental landform.

Beginning with the physical shapes, colours, textures and lines of the site we will make costume and movement that talks about the mountain and its historical place within local culture and ecology. As the project moves on to a second location we will look at a mountain from that place following the same process of emotional cartography. This mapping will be presented at the second location and will include elements of performance and costume from the first location. The project will continue onwards through differing landscapes discussing a series of mountains and bringing with it elements from all previous mountains in a cumulative geology of ideas.

Timetable for the day

1pm - 3pm: Guided walk to Trusty's Hill, leaving from the Mill, with a performance of Orographicon top of the hill, then a return walk to the Mill. Duration: approx. 2 hrs. 

3pm - 5.30pm: Talks and workshops at the Mill, exploring themes related to Orographic -- in particular, looking at both our practical and our emotional relationship to landscape, place, wildlife, etc. Content still being confirmed, but likely to  include talks/workshops from The Golden Eagle Project, Robin Rigg of the Slovak Wildlife Project, 'Singing the River' with Darla Eno and Tamsin Wates, and David Borthwick from Glasgow Uni. 

Oceanallover are also working with 3 interns who will be exploring creative ways to record and document responses to the project and its themes. This may involve the creation of a physical 'map' of responses, developed as the day unfolds. Duration: approx. 2-3hrs.

5.30pm - 6.15pm: Performance of Orographic by Oceanallover. Exact location to be confirmed, but it may be that the performance unfolds along the path from the Mill to the High Street, and onwards. Duration: approx. 30mins.

© Brian Hartley