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.
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.