Rural Connective

I was recently invited by Magda to participate & give a presentation at a Rural Connective workshop, a networking event and a collaborative initiative between UCF, University of Aberdeen and BT. and funded by the AHRC

The project aims to orchestrate collaborations between academics, small businesses and communities which will champion novel models and use of digital technologies and superfast broadband access in the context of rurality and connectivity.

interesting given the lack of mobile signal at Treloan! but as Magda had pointed out ‘our location and total lack of Internet access which accompanies the project, should be included in discussions about art, creativity, public access and participation and the roll our of superfast broadband’

It was a good challenge & I found myself revisiting previous networked & locative media projects (here nor there, your heart on my sleeve) to write about ‘connectivity’  – digital or otherwise.

Here’s the presentation transcript rural connective .pdf

Alyson Hallett & Chris Caseldine

Alyson and Chris did a beautiful performance in the evening from their book ‘6 days in Iceland‘,

It was nice to spend some time with Alyson, we were well looked after and stayed in a great B&B. Every so often we’d slip into conversations about being freelance practitioner/ researchers in this type of situation. We were impressed by the setting at Marazion, the fantastic food, the visit to Heartlands and the uber documentation 🙂 was that 3000 photos?  – it must have all cost a pretty penny –  we couldn’t help but think about research funding and how university based academics spend so much time on conference / network circuits where everything is paid for by the institution. This, we noted, is a subject rarely raised or discussed in academic circles, how economic limitations effect research practice; but as freelance artist/writer/researchers we often come across these disparities. For example, without university affiliation, having an abstract accepted at a conference comes hand in hand with being asked to pay to be there!! – pay to do your own work – hmmmm t’is a strange ol’ world.

but we really enjoyed the workshop, met some great folk … its always good to share ‘ideas’


Print shop poetry – aug 4th

Following a stint at Camp Bestival, Belle Benfield brought her wonderful handmade stamps to Treloan – and with Mac’s poetry input they ran a print session for campers at the project van. More pics here and here





The Living Room – drawing session

This hugely popular session lasted for hours, the children that came were still drawing at their tent at 9pm in the evening, they were so inspired! more pics of the Living Room events here


The Living Room – bookbinding sessions

The Living Room was a great success with people dropping in and out to peruse Chris’s handmade sketchbooks and have a chat, tea and yummy cakes made by Liv. Emma, Liv and Chris worked non stop teaching us all how to make books and opening the space up for an added informal drawing session on the saturday (more on that in the next post). Mary Alice as always, took some great shots that you can see here and theres some more on the caravanserai flickr album




this ones made by Roz – she’s a stylist, can you tell?

and thanks to Mark Hudson for these pics below of the making process

The Living Room – thanks Chris

It was very exciting to make a book, think I may have found my oeuvre! great to get hands on after months of PhD thesis writing. I’ve never made a properly bound book before and loved doing it, so thought I’d show it off – especially as I seem to have lost it, can’t find it anywhere. If you see it – please get in touch 🙂

 pics by Mary Alice

ah well, got the cover wrong, the bird was s’posed to be on the front – tricky business, so I just wrote all over the front to make it look better. The inside pages are from the guidebook, Kens bird drawings (p.51) and a photo of Breakneck beach (p.57).

17.7.2010 – ‘a sense of place’ writing workshop

July 17th, 2010

course outline.. Continue reading

kids workshop with Ken Barrett, artist-in-residence

pics by Mary Alice Pollard