Responsive land-based actions (Magdalen Islands, Songlines Residency, 2016)
Invisible Paths was an ecocentric process of discovery where listening and responsive action informed the journey. By considering the natural world as witness and teacher, the project aimed to develop place-responsive methods for art creation that embraced nature's language and cultivated the art of listening.
Through being receptive to the unseen and invisible voices of the landscape, my responsive gestures activated paths – creating multiple resonance points throughout the islands. Performative engagements took the form of sound, video, sculpture, movement, social-practices, performance, writing and landscape drawing, with the body and drum becoming instruments of the land.
To listen. Listen to receive. Receive to listen. To pass like wind through the landscape.
The land here embodies temporality and movement. Air, water and deep geological forces are continually re-shaping the landscape. Clearly, nothing is permanent.
No matter where I visit on the archipelago, this is what I find resonance with: movement. Movement grounded in the forms and character of each place, and movement as a call to deepen awareness. So I've shifted my project to be a kind of pilgrimage, deepening and broadening my embodied capacity for listening — allowing it to become the space that action emerges from.
Prior to arriving on the Magdalen Islands, I had dreams about the wind. I saw images of sand continually creating new forms, and birds soaring around wind-swept coastlines. As I spend time here, I've experienced how pervasive the wind is. It seems to permeate all aspects of life and form, speaking it's own language, and making things speak through interaction. It has such a strong influence that it's a kind of wild place onto itself.
As I pay attention to the wind, I realize that this is the spirit I wish to understand and embody here as I make my way — the spirit of the wind. The wind is freedom, yet it finds character and shape through interacting with the physical world. The source is seemingly unknown, yet it is speaking and making things speak. It can disperse all, shatter, but also can re-memeber. Shaking things to their core, rattling possibilities into existence, only truth remains, resonates. The wind is constantly interacting, moving, re-shaping.
Entries about the journey on the Islands are below.