A Transect for Trelowarren -Bram Thomas Arnold

Arts and Culture Fellow - Bram Thomas Arnold

A Transect for Trelowarren

 Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist who started with walking and kept going, into performance, installation, drawing, academia, broadcasting and writing. Walking has become the foundation of his transdisciplinary practice, a practice that does not restrict itself to traditional notions, boundaries, mediums or modes of practice: it is an ecological form of practice that is simultaneously Conceptual in its methods and Romantic in its outcomes.

For A Transect for Trelowarren he is stepping out onto a line, drawn from the Environment and Sustainability Institute to the Trelowarren estate who are in the early stages of a wilding program. He will draw, walk and talk the transect into being in collaboration with a transdisciplinary team of researchers from the ESI, comprised of ecologists, geologists, cultural geographers and environmental scientists.  The walk and the work will intersect with, and interrogate, transects drawn by the researchers as they measure, count, survey and remotely sense the landscape and its inhabitants. He will seek to uncover what is already there, what could be there and what should be there, creating a composition of narrative gestures and performed texts out of fragmented conversations. 

A Transect for Trelowarren seeks to cut through Cornwall, through the scientific method and through
institutions (be they country estates or universities), with the aim of contributing to an ongoing conversation around conservation and creativity.

Bram will be in residence in the ESI Creative Exchange space from 12th-26th July with a closing event on 26th July 5 – 9pm.

He will be intermittently round and about between here and there up until the 12th.

 

Project Celebration Event:

A Transect for Trelowarren

opening/closing [event], the end of the beginning of a thing.  

5 – 8 pm, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus.

There will be a free bar and associated nibbles provided from 5pm. Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene, a happening, will take place 6.30 – 7.30pm.

  In A Transect for Trelowarren Bram has been stepping out onto a line, drawn from the Environment and Sustainability Institute to the Trelowarren estate, a corner of Cornwall contemplating an extensive wilding programme. He has drawn, walked and talked the Transect into being in collaboration with a transdisciplinary team of researchers from the ESI, comprised of ecologists, geologists, cultural geographers and environmental scientists.  The walk, and the work, intersects with and interrogates transects drawn by the researchers as they measure, count, survey and remotely sense the landscape and its inhabitants. A Transect for Trelowarren seeks to uncover what is already there, what could be there and what should be there, creating a composition of narrative gestures and performed texts out of fragmented conversations. 

 A Transect for Trelowarren seeks to contribute to an ongoing conversation around conservation and creativity in a time of climate emergency.

 For the evening event Bram has worked with Caitlin DeSilvey devising Strata 8 of his ongoing happening Bibliotherapy for the Anthropocene (BftA), which will take over the café at the ESI from 6:30-7:30 pm. A cross between a Quaker meeting and a reconvening of the Dead Poet’s Society, BftA was originally commissioned by Horizon and Plymouth Culture and is a monthly happening that takes place across numerous artists run spaces in Cornwall (incl. Back Lane West, End of the World Garden) and will be visiting London in August.

 A Transect for Trelowarren has been developed with Arts & Culture Exeter and the ESI in collaboration with Trelowarren Estate.