Final Thoughts (Days 9/10)

Final Thoughts (Days 9/10)

The last few days of The Ephemeral River residency were spent finalising our contemplations with the River Dart and sharing our work, our activities, with the group. I gave a short reading of a collated selection of writings from this blog, the text from which can be...
Figures in a Landscape (Day 8)

Figures in a Landscape (Day 8)

A large number of the artists here are putting themselves, their body, into the image – performative gestures of the self, in the landscape. It is an understandable instinct, as we consider a human-nature relationship, our connect or disconnect to the land....
Ethical Action (Day 7)

Ethical Action (Day 7)

Inherently, the ephemeral is environmentally-conscious. Leaving no trace is also a ethical decision. The mutual respect between ourselves and nature. It could be argued that any act of change or movement of nature is an interference, even if it is gentle, discreet,...
A Mayfly’s Perspective (Day 6)

A Mayfly’s Perspective (Day 6)

How long does something need to last? Ephemerality follows the Greek word ἐφήμερος (ephḗmeros) meaning “of, for, or during the day, living or lasting but for a day, short-lived, temporary”. The mayfly belongs to the order Ephemeroptera, an ancient group of insects,...
An Ephemeral Document (Day 5)

An Ephemeral Document (Day 5)

As a group, we took a trip to Dartmoor, a local national park of vast open moorland and deep river valleys – to walk, to think, to learn and to climb a hill and look out over the land. The two stops on our trip were Grimspound and Wistman’s Wood, with the...
Gathering of Voices (Day 4)

Gathering of Voices (Day 4)

We’re all in the same boat There are different ways into a project and a place, and each artist comes with their own language, ideas and approaches. For some, a depth of response requires time, testing and a sense that each action will build on (and be informed by)...