How do people define and form relationships with their
What are our expectations and geographic knowledges, our perceptions
and myths of place?
Topographies & Tales is part of Proboscis' Liquid Geography
research theme and is concerned with relationships between people, language,
identity and place.
100 years have seen huge changes in the way we think of the spaces between
"the city", "nature", "the countryside"
and "the suburbs" and how boundaries, barriers and borders
come to be formed. This project is a series of investigations into these
issues of geography; using collaborations and creative activities as
a focal point for uncovering experience and knowledge and playfully
exploring languages, communities, landscapes and boundaries.
The ideas being explored by Topographies & Tales
grow from Proboscis' Landscape & Identity;
Language & Territory project and revolve around four loose areas:
have been developed to bring people together from different backgrounds
to address these areas through a range of skills and points of reference.
Topographies & Tales will result in a short
film, a set of StoryCubes,
series of Diffusion eBooks,
a Creative Lab as well as a
workshop and events in Dawson City, Canada.
research has taken place as part of collaborative ventures in Scotland
with Glenmore Outdoor Education Centre;
in London in the Proboscis Studio; with the Canadian
High Comission in London and in Dawson City, Canada with the
Klondike International Arts Centre.
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Joyce Majiski (2004/05)
Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, Scotland and Klondike International
Arts Centre, Dawson City, Canada.
Artist and wilderness guide, Joyce Majiski, is collaborating with Proboscis
during 2004/5 on a collaborative film using sound, drawing, animation
and storytelling; as welll as a new Diffusion eBook, series of StoryCubes
resident in the Proboscis studio in London followed by residencies with
Alice Angus at Glenmore Lodge Outdoor Education
Centre, Aviemore, Scotland (March/April/May 2004) and at the
Klondike International Arts Centre, Dawson City, Canada.
Alice began working together as part of Alice's Landscapes
in Dialogue project in 2003 and the Artist
in the Parks project organised by Joyce in Ivvavik wilderness reserve
in Canada's Northwestern Arctic. Their work for Topographies &
Tales has foucsed on local and personal stories, memories and myths
against the larger picture of how our concept of space and environment
is shaped by ideas of "belonging" and "nationhood".
The first stage of this project was for Joyce to spend time in London
at the Proboscis studio where she brought her unique naturalist's eye
and wilderness guiding experience to bear on the experience of navigating
central London. The second phase took Joyce and Alice to Glenmore
Lodge Outdoor Education Centre in Scotland. The third phase is
a residency in the Yukon, Canada hosted by Klondike
International Arts Centre in Dawson City.
Glenmore Lodge is in the process of incorporating creative environmental
education into its traditional and well respected programme of outdoor
and mountaineer training. The people working there on outdoor skills,
mountaineering, white water sports and survival specialists, bring a
very unusual set of skills and knowledge to an artistic venture and
extended the perspective of the project. Glenmore is also uniquely placed,
socially and physically among various stakeholders and people with an
interest in the land, from those who work on the land to local and national
government. Therefore this collaboration, a first for both Proboscis
and Glenmore, allowed the artists to see the social and physical geography
of the Cairngorms through the the multiple layers of usage of the area.
Much of the research in Glenmore looked at the physical skills of navigation
and wayfinding as a way to explore peoples connnection to place and
the more metaphorical notions of navigation through our own history,
our ideas of home, nation and the language we use to define these concepts.
Joyce and Alice are continuing to develop this work at Klondike
International Arts Centre, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada (January/February
2005). Dawson City, a goldrush town once known as 'Paris of the North',
with its clapboard main street of ornate wooden facades is the perfect
place for them to look at how expectations of other places are formed
and to uncover the relationships between the lived experience of a place
and how we might imagine it.
Sound artist and educator Loren Chasse will be collaborating with Proboscis
to create new sound works in London during 2005/6.