A short film by Rob St. John, Sam Mcloughlin and David Chatton Barker.
Produced between January and March 2014. Shot on digital and 8mm film with 35mm photographs in Barnoldswick, Rochdale and Middleton in North West England.
Shot by: Rob St. John and Sam Mcloughlin
Photographs by: David Chatton Barker and Rob St. John
Produced by: Sam Mcloughlin
Music by: Sam Mcloughlin
Words by: Rob St. John
Narrated by: Cyril Black (Sam’s Grandad)
Funded by IdeasTap and the British Library as part of the Sound Edit: Accents and Dialects commission.
Some writing and photography on revisiting Forest Pitch published today on Caught by the River.
Out of Ice on Resonance FM
As part of the education programme for Elizabeth Ogilvie’s ‘Out of Ice’ exhibition in London, artist Jacob Bee and environmental writer and sound artist Rob St. John have been working with teenagers in schools in Scotland and England, using sound to explore the role of water and ice in the natural world.
Ambika P3 Gallery, London
17 January - 9 February 2014
Folklore Tapes MISC! ‘Chthonic Cities’ split between Water of Life (Rob St. John and Tommy Perman) and Williamson Tunnels (Carl Turney and Brian Campbell of Clinic) available next week through bandcamp, Caught by the River, Boomkat and Norman’s Records.
Digital Water of Life LP available here.
New project underway in Lancashire.
Wind drawings made by children at the Out of Ice education workshop in London. Wind drawing is an idea devised by Katie Fowlie, where children build contraptions out of paper, card, feathers and wood, which hang from string lines and catch moving air currents. Suspended pens map the movement of these air currents on graph paper laid on the floor.
A download of the Water of Life LP made in collaboration with Tommy Perman is now available: http://wateroflife.bandcamp.com/album/water-of-life-lp
Out of Ice
Scottish environmental artist Elizabeth Ogilvie portrays the psychological, physical and poetic dimensions of ice and water in Out of Ice, a vast immersive installation specially created for the subterranean spaces of Ambika P3 in London (17 Jan - 9 Feb 2014).
Fusing art, architecture and science in an experiential installation comprising ice, water, video projections and film, Ogilvie’s dramatic large-scale work is a portal to the hidden extremes of our planet.
As part of the exhibition, artist Jacob Bee and environmental writer and sound artist Rob St. John are currently working with teenagers in schools in Scotland and England on a podcast using sound to explore the role of water and ice in the natural world.
Working with small groups equipped with field recorders, Bee and St. John encourage listening, discussion and reflection on how sound informs us about the natural world, drawing together art, geography and the sciences.
The teenagers will become sonic ‘citizen scientists’ of their surroundings, documenting and teasing apart their relationships with the environment through sound. Podcast based recordings of ambient sound and discussions with the teenagers will be aired in early 2014 on London’s Resonance FM and as a free download and stream on the Out of Ice site.
Water of Life news
Please note the event is free but space is extremely limited so places must be booked in advance. Call 0131 220 0601 or email email@example.com to RSVP
The new Caught by the River ‘Antidote to Indifference’ fanzine is available, with writing by me, Richard Skelton, Robert Macfarlane, Melissa Harrison, Cheryl Tipp, Bill Drummond and lots more, and a great David Chatton Barker cover.
Lots of new 120 and 35mm film photographs up on the Water of Life website with accompanying field recordings.
New release in collaboration with Tommy Perman: ‘Water of Life’ on 7” recycled vinyl with six prints, six essays housed in a letterpressed folder. Edition of 300. Pre-order here.