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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Astronomer Royal and Restoring the Wicker Man Kirk

Latest news from Environmental Art Festival Scotland....... Scotland’s Astronomer Royal, Professor John Brown, will join chilled out listeners in The Dark Skies Lounge – a special spot deep in the forest where people can hear 24 hours of previously unreleased music by hundreds of musicians from all round the world.

The music will be broadcast by a temporary radio station curated by local music producer, Frenchbloke, called Dark Outside FM and can only be received within the Galloway Forest around the Murray’s Monument obelisk.
Robbie Coleman, one of the artists behind the project, said: “One of the fantastic features of the forest is that there is almost no light pollution so, on a clear night there are amazing views of the stars.
“So it’s great to have Scotland’s Astronomer Royal along to tell people about the night sky above them. He’s also an excellent magician and will be performing tricks while he talks about time and the universe – so it should be a very unusual way to spend a Saturday night.”

Elsewhere a banner created by Dutch environmental artists Pat Van Boeckel & Karin Van Der Molen will appear which teasingly talks of the “total restoration” of Anwoth Kirk – a long-roofless ruin made famous by the Wicker Man film.
Pat and Karin are creating a work called Gimme Shelter, which will involve an audio-visual display projected on large screens where the kirk roof once was. It explores sustainability and how each generation must make preparations for the next.

Old Kirk at Anwoth
It uses the example of a restoration of Anwoth Kirk, and what this would demand from the environment – including hundreds of years of growing time for trees to make the beams.
Pat said: “We want to look at the resources that society needs. The project will invite visitors to take part in the virtual restoration of this church, even if it takes centuries to grow the oaks that were needed for a new roof.”
Visitors will each be given an acorn which they will be asked to plant and register its location on a website.

Other EAFS attractions include:
•    Farming: Open Jar will be bringing a Pop-Up Milk Bar – this interactive installation invites the public to sample milk from the region and engage in discussion of the issues surrounding contemporary milk production.
•    Discussion: The EAFS Gatherings – four discussions led by artists, scientists and envronmentalists
•    Film: Speaking the Land, by Dalziel and Scullion and Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu’s Dream by Thomas Riedelshelmer (see and for films or clips).
•    Performance: Walking the Tide – a spectacular participatory performance event by Jo Hodges and Florencia Garcia Chafuen which creates a choreographed procession over the causeway from Kippford to Rough Island (Joint initiative with Solway Firth Partnership)
•    Sculpture: Balmond Studio: Exhibition about Star of Caledonia. See a 1m wide scale model of the artwork, which will tower around 40m above the landscape when it is built. Things that Befell us in Those Strange Times, sculptural installations and timescapes presented by archaeologists Macgregor and Shearer.
•    Performance and Faith: Tenger Gazariin Dund (Sky and Earth – The chance to witness a Mongolian shaman performing traditional rituals and learn about the spiritual practices of her people.
•    Participatory Sculpture: Solway Sea Monster - The public help artist Alice Francis built a giant sea monster using flotsam and driftwood gathered in community beach clear ups (joint initiative with the Solway Firth Partnership).
•    Exhibition: Place Identity Memory 2 – An international exhibition of artist made books which develop the idea of place.

EAFS is a partnership between Spring Fling, Wide Open and The Stove and is supported by organisations such as Creative Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Fresh Start, LEADER, Year of Natural Scotland.

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