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Mobile Utopia: Conference, Exhibition, Catalogue

2-5 November 2017, Lancaster University

Mobile Utopia Conference, Exhibition and Catalogue 

Exhibition: Mobile Utopias: Art and Experiments

Exhibit: 'Making Warnscale' by Louise Ann Wilson

Using texts, photographs, drawings, mapping-walk maps and artefacts this exhibition shows how Warnscale mobilised 3-tiers of research that involved an in-depth study of the landscape in which it is situated, observation field work in fertility clinics, and a series of group and one-to-one mapping-walks with individuals affected by biological childlessness. The exhibition also shows how a close reading of the journal writings of Dorothy Wordsworth who walked in and wrote extensively about her experience of the landscape of the Lake District, informed Warnscale and its desire to engage the reader/walker in new, or different, ways of seeing and feeling the landscape and through that embodied, creative and immersive landscape experience transform their experiences of the underlying subject matter.

See the exhibition catalogue: Mobile Utopias: Art and Experiments (2017). ISBN: 978-1-86220-3339-6.

 

Panel: Utopia and Place.

Paper Presentation: 'Warnscale: Emplacing, Re-imaging and Transforming ‘Missing’ Life-Events' by Louise Ann Wilson

Louise's paper explored how rural landscapes can become a ‘site of transformation’ where ‘missing’, or challenging, ‘life-events’ are emplaced, re-imaged and transformed. The paper case studies (Warnscale) (2015-ongoing) and explores how, in Warnscale, the landscape and the act of walking and dwelling becomes a transformative metaphor for the underlying subject matter and applies theories relating to therapeutic landscape and mobilities. It articulates how Warnscale was created through three-tiers of research that mobilised the site, the science of the underlying subject (in/fertility) and, through a series of group and one-to-one mapping-walks, individuals affected by biological childlessness – thus challenging and re-imaging the normative ‘utopias’ around biological motherhood.

The paper, analyses how Warnscale evolved and applied a series of six scenographic principles. These principles were informed by theories and aesthetics relating to landscape, pilgrimage, Early Romanticism, and a close study of Dorothy Wordsworth’s, and her contemporaries’ approach to landscape. The mobile, embodied ‘mode’ of engaging with landscape that these women pursued enabled them to see afresh objects, people and experiences that were ordinarily overlooked – thus producing a materially specific ‘utopia of the everyday’ – that articulated non-mainstream ‘lived’ experiences and discourses on landscape, and can be mobilised as a creative strategy in contemporary socially engaged performance practice. 

Fertility Fest 2018

At Fertility Fest 2018 I will be talking about creating a version of Warnscale that explores the male experience of in/fertility and biological childlessness that I am creating. For more information, click here<…

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Mobile Utopia: Conference, Exhibition, Catalogue

2-5 November 2017, Lancaster University.

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Mulliontide: A Guide for Walkers

Publication of Mulliontide: A walk from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove.

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Mulliontide: NEW walk by Louise Ann Wilson

Mulliontide: a new coastal walk from Poldhu Cove to Mullion Cove, The Lizard, Cornwall. Evolved in collaboration with local residents, the walk focuses on a much-loved coastal landscape and explores the places where land, sea and people meet. 

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Louise to speak at Fertility Fest 2016

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Warnscale on BBC Radio 4 ‘Ramblings’

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Warnscale book available to buy

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Warnscale Exhibition at The Wordsworth Trust

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Make/Believe: Design for Performance 2011-2015

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The Walking-Art Project, Cumbria

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Still Life at Sea Change exhibition

13 August - 9 November 2014, film of Still Life showing in the Sea Change exhibition at the Atkinson Museum & Gallery, Stockport.

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The Gathering - watch the live stream

On 14th September 2014, The Gathering / Yr Helfa was live-streamed, the recording will be available until 28th September 2014.

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The Gathering / Yr Helfa

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‘Creating A Scene’ on Tour

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Fissure Exhibition at AirSpace Gallery

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Ghost Bird Exhibition, Cumbria

From 18 January - 4 April 2014 (Now Closed) our Ghost Bird exhibition was open to the public at RSPB Geltsdale, Cumbria. The exhibition included stunning production photographs of our 2012 live production by internationally renowned photographer Manuel Vason,…

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Creating a Scene Exhibition

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