Outlandia is an off-grid artists’ fieldstation, a treehouse imagined by artists London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson) and designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, situated in Glen Nevis, opposite Ben Nevis. It is performative architecture that immerses its occupants in a particular environment, provoking creative interaction between artists and the land. This book explores the relationship between place and forms of thought and creative activity, relating Outlandia and the artists there to the tradition of generative thinking and making structures that have included Goethe’s Gartenhaus in Weimar, Henry Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond and Dylan Thomas’s writing shack in Laugharne.
Based on a series of residencies and radio broadcasts produced by London Fieldworks in collaboration with Resonance 104.4fm, the Remote Performances project enabled twenty invited artists to consider and engage in transmissions, sound performances and dialogues on their artmaking strategies immersed in this specific rural environment of mountain, forest and river; flora and fauna. Some artists engaged in dialogue with people living and working in the area with a range of specialisms and experience in, for examples, forestry, mountain culture, wildlife, tourism, and local history. This book explores the ways in which being in the field impacts on artists and permeates through to the artworks they create.
Edited by Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, both at London South Bank University, UK and Tracey Warr, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Published by Ashgate in association with Live Art Development Agency with contributions from: Bram Thomas Arnold, Ruth Barker, ED Baxter, Johny Brown, Clair Chinnery, Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, Benedict Drew, Alec Finlay, Malcolm Fraser, Niall Jacobson, Goodiepal, Sarah Kenchington, London Fieldworks and Mark Vernon, Lisa O’Brien, Lee Patterson, Michael Pedersen, Geoffrey Sample, Inga Tillere, Tracey Warr and Tony White.
Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture. Published September 2012. Hardback, 228pp, Includes 40 colour and 52 b&w illustrations. £58.50 via Ashgate Publishing website. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472453914
Book cover image: Reflections across Glen Nevis. Katy Connor, 2013