Conversations with a Forest

Read a digital version of our project publication here. You can order a physical copy below. They’re £10, plus £3.50 for postage and packaging. They’re also available to purchase at Unit 4, The Cornucopia Room in Hawick, Scottish Borders.

See the listing of artists and works in the Conversations with a Forest programme here.

Conversations with a Forest (MIMC 001) is the first publication from the Moving Image Makers Collective. Grown from the Creative Scotland and Alchemy Film & Arts project, the publication includes details of the ten moving image installations we shared with the woodland at Ruberslaw, as well as three commissioned essays from Gareth Evans, Marcus Jack and Amy Cutler which explore the ideas around the concept of the project, and the works themselves.

CWAF book 30 secs.mp4 from Kezza on Vimeo.

Between 16 – 19 September 2021 the Moving Image Makers Collective will take up residence in Ruberslaw Woods near Hawick in the Scottish Borders to install moving image and multi-media works that collectively respond to a central concept of interspecies communication and to the challenge of making work for a forest. The forest, in its totality will become the ‘audience’ we directly address. Showing our work to trees, not to humans. Humans will occupy the role of ‘witnesses’. Ten MIMC members and two writers will produce commissioned works that will be ‘revealed’ to the forest/woodland over two nights of one weekend in early September 2021. There will be small scale guided walks for human witnesses to experience the works outdoors, followed by an online screening event, with a live webinar involving all participants.

What might we, as artists, like to say and show to the trees, to the fungi, animals, birds, plants, the earth and rhizomes beneath the earth? What kind of conversations might be possible? Will this be an extended apology, a lament, or something more life affirming? What stories of our lives can we tell or show? How can we respond to the ecological, historical and social networks that exist in the forest ?

An integral part of our Creative Scotland funding, support from Alchemy Film & Arts and the development of works is to facilitate a series of talks and workshops from artists, thinkers and ecologists with the aim to inspire and influence our individual and collective concepts and outputs. Complimented by the sharing of reading lists and research links by the group and wider community, we hope not only to build our own creative and practical knowledge base but also to build discussion around Conversations with a Forest.

For information on upcoming talks and events, please join our Facebook Group or Contact Us.

Some of the talks we commissioned at the beginning of the project are available to view here.

Visitors – 17th and 18th September

We’ve produced a map for visitors – when exact locations of installations are confirmed, they’ll be updated on the on-site copies of the maps. In the meantime, you can take a look below.

Download a pdf of the map here.

You can find out more about the venue here and find it on Google Maps here.

This project is supported by Creative Scotland
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and by Alchemy Film & Arts
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