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Sally Maclachlan

How do you observe deeply?
Walk – draw – sit – film – listen – feel – curl up – eyes wide – dissolve

Until you forget about time

Getting lost

The shifting focus of nature, no focal point only the living expanse. To pick up a pebble and hold the mountain in your hand.

The living mountain – Nan Shepard

The environment we exist in and how we interact with it

Revealing what is underneath the surface to create ripple actions and affects

Focusing on the relationship between science and art. Exploring representation

Cathartic practice, how art can transform

About Me

Making the invisible visible. A journey through practice.

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Semester 2: 2501
2021 Week 1

Orange: Classes and workshops
Purple: Experimentation
Green: Research
Blue: Reflection



WINTER SHOW – what went well/didn’t
Use of more texture and space
There was a cohesive theme

By week 3 clarity on how to do summer show MAY 5th. Arts centre is on board!
– How to reach a bigger audience?
Better promotion, people having a clearer idea of what they’re promoting
-How to use online livestream better?
Links to you tube videos to avoid there being lag

With kindness care

Definition: any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (such as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (such as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation
Animal | Definition of Animal by Merriam-Webster (

Etymology: early 14c., “any sentient living creature” (including humans), from Latin animale “living being, being which breathes,” noun use of neuter of animalis (adj.) “animate, living; of the air,” from anima “breath, soul; a current of air” (from PIE root *ane- “to breathe;” compare deer). A rare word in English before c. 1600, and not in KJV (1611). Commonly only of non-human creatures. It drove out the older beast in common usage. Used derisively of brutish humans (in which the “animal,” or non-rational, non-spiritual nature is ascendant) from 1580s.

animal | Origin and meaning of animal by Online Etymology Dictionary (

 Ymchwydd  / 220 // Surge / 220
Afon Hafren // Severn// Sabrina  

At 220 miles is the longest river in Britain, historically a boundary it passes through Wales and England. Mapped out the Severn using locations of different polluters and corresponded these to different coloured pollutants – industrial waste discharge (yellow), farm runoff (green), raw sewage (brown), heavy metals (orange). In Wales and England 4 out of 5 rivers fail to achieve good ecological status – used this to structure the film, 80% footage coloured with pollutants, 20% natural. Film is intended to loop to be indicative of pollutants remaining in water cycle.  
Soundwave of flood from 01/02/2020- 25/03/2020 along Severn using river levels from each day (high and low), measured at Llanidoes . Converted heights to hertz, used only this flood soundwave to create soundtrack where colours correspond to 5 different tracks – fading in and out getting more chaotic and corrupted as they gather pollutants and reach rivers mouth.  
Water is life.

Primary research:
Carolee schneeman: meat joy (1964)
UbuWeb Film & Video: Carolee Schneemann “Meat Joy” (1964)
Visceral film that invokes senses of viewer- think on use of materiality in film to connect in body- water/ soil/ fungi/ waste materials (litter?)

Ukele- touch sanitation

Patterns of rivers are fractals!!
Pg. 38, To life! eco art in pursuit of a sustainable planet, Linda Weintraub
This could be an amazing link from micro to macro, showing interconnectedness of patterns within our environments.

Microsoft Word – Watersheds_Rivers.docx (
resource accessed from fractal foundation showing how you can make your own watershed and be shown the fractal patterns of a river.

Fractal Patterns: Mathematics & Nature Science Activity | Exploratorium Teacher Institute Project
resource showing how to make fractal pattern

Fractals of ripples
Richard Downing- fractal clock
The Fractal Clock – Aberystwyth University

Interconnectedness of nature, river links to habitat, to animal, to plant…
Universal language of communication

Word association game



Looking in to associations with animals, what links with them and is important and relevant to my own practice? Thinking on habitats, like water. Do these frame an animal theme enough? Usefulness of games (like word association above) to create a space for play and ideas to be generated without concern.

Week 2

Were presented with a myriad of different artists in relation to theme animal. Interesting to see how has been interpreted over space and time, artists actually trying to mimic and ‘become’ animals. A lot on shamanism and crossing boundaries of what it means to exist in a whole. Really loved the move away from human centric view of the world, how to continue to break this viewpoint. To subvert the traditional focal points.
What stood out for me:
Watched ‘Becoming animal’, walking on by moose’s around, abound, just stare- glare. Meditation in patience, in moose. ENTANGLED. Feel its bark, feel it touching you back. Allow gaze to follow birds swoops and dives feel in muscle that d
Gush wash splash rush, sound water itself speaks.
Psyche- breath a gust of wind (etymology of belonging)MIND WIND. As though the air itself was aware.
LANGUAGE- letters speak to us like rocks and spiders used to. Human language began to abstract itself from the land (signifiers??)
Calligraphy of rivers

Animal meditation– very calming, imagining being a frozen frog warming up. helped me concentrate massively in next part.
Animal Meditations

Dawn chorus (2007) extracts– people having dawn chorus erupt from their mouths! Liked the absurdity of it.

Out of sync– finches perching on guitars laid horizontal. Really didn’t like this, felt like he was taking advantage of the birds. Wondered on their conditions and how it could just use them to make his art.

Meditations on the Sacramento river, the delta and bays of San Francisco- Helen and newton Harrison
Animals, soil, minerals, plants, governemnt, corporations, military were all implicated in this project as source of freshwater affects all of them.

Harrisons created 9 hand drawn maps showing the ill conceived plans of irrigation systems, drainage and ill managed farm run off. Creating a unique perspective on watersheds. ‘Mediations’ invited audience to meditate on constructive alternatives- natures reserves, forest, vegetative flood controls to name a few.

The work became a guiding metaphor, a lens through which many existing cultural landscapes in the process of being transformed into industrial landscapes could be dealt with by ourselves as artists, with the idea that new and different possible histories could become available and open for exploration and criticism.’

To life! Eco art in pursuit of a sustainable planet, Linda weintraub, pg 79

Allen Kaprow- performing a river
No documentation other than activity booklet. A happening. Gave these instructions to art students who gathered in a dry riverbed:
(dry stream bed)
wetting a stone
carrying it downstream till dry
dropping it
choosing another stone there
wetting it
carrying it upstream till dry
dropping it

Exploring sensations, works simplicity allows mind to wander in to other things- wind, temperature…complex environmental factors that are often ignored as they’re largely unseen.

The Biosphere- William Pettigrew
The Biosphere by William Pettigrew – NFB

Nature reserve network
‘Nature needs to recover – for the
sake of wild plants and animals, and
for everything it brings us: better
health, climate control, flood
management, enjoyment,
employment and more.
To make this happen, we need to
change the way we look after our
land and seas. We need a Nature
Recovery Network to put space for
nature at the heart of our farming
and planning systems; to bring
nature into the places where most
people live their daily lives.
We need new laws, including an
Environment Act passed by the
Westminster government, to ensure
this happens. In it, local Nature
Recovery Maps would be produced
to achieve key Government targets
for increasing the extent and quality
of natural habitats, turning nature’s
recovery from an aspiration to a
A report for the Westminster Government by The Wildlife Trusts

Have any allowances been made for Wales?? Or just England- the report says we need to rewild BRITAIN. Look in to this!!!!!

Irish Sea

basking shark

Seas need networks too. The Wildlife Trusts propose a national Marine Strategy to provide an overarching plan, which is made concrete in Regional Sea Plans (RSPs) and a network of Marine Protected Areas. The Irish Sea, a complex ecosystem with many competing interests, is one such area that would benefit from an RSP.

Nature Recovery Network | The Wildlife Trusts

Nature_recovery_network_final.pdf (

“Nature is in big trouble but we know how to bring it back. Local action is already making a real difference and now the government needs to play its part. We need a Nature Recovery Network established in law – one that is locally developed and nationally connected – this would help join up our last remaining wild places by creating vital new habitats. It’s time to make nature a normal part of childhood again and restore wildlife so it can recover and thrive across urban jungles and the countryside once more – where it can be part of people’s daily lives.”

Nikki Williams, Director of Campaigns and Policy at The Wildlife Trusts, says:

George Monibiot-Feral book
Exciting look for the potential of rewilding the landscape. A glossary in the middle show animals that have become extinct in certain areas. The catastrophic affects this can have on the interconnected web of life. There looks like there’s some interesting sea based chapters at the end which could be worth reviewing!

Back to earth exhibition: Serpentine gallery
A program about change, to incite change. weaving ecology

Back to Earth – Serpentine Galleries

Series of podcasts exploring links between art and science- creating in the anthropocene.
Back to Earth – Serpentine Galleries

What animals are locally here, animals through time in this location?
Red kite
Lesser horseshoe bats |

Wildlife to see in Wales | Flora and fauna | Visit Wales

Wildlife in mid Wales (

What is crucial for habitat? Look into local fungi too. Local fishes.
A Green Recovery | Wildlife Trusts Wales (
A brighter future for Welsh rivers | Wildlife Trusts Wales (

The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan also confirms new National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) will be created, as well as 10 Landscape Recovery projects. These initiatives take us closer to protecting 30% of UK land by 2030, extending protections by 1.5% in England towards our goal of an additional area of over 400,000ha and restoring the equivalent of over 30,000 football pitches of wildlife rich habitat.
In 2021 government will start the formal process of designation of the new National Parks and AONBs which will involve identifying the best candidates. This will look at how new sites contribute to our wider goals for nature, beauty, heritage and people.
£5.2 billion for flood defences will also help the country adapt to a changing climate, with an increased focus on nature-based solutions highlighted in the recent flood strategy.
£80 million fund for green jobs and new national parks to kick start green recovery – GOV.UK (

National library of Wales, map collection
Maps of Wales | The National Library of Wales
Welsh Tithe Maps – Home (

Wildlife trust Wales reimagined Wind in the Willows as though it was now- reimagining landscapes is very important in highlighting issues and overcoming them. As part of their wilder futures project.
Just some of the declines we have seen in recent years include:
• 66% decline in the number of barn owls since the 1930s
• 95% decline in the number of basking shark in UK waters since 1950s
• 40% decline in the number of Atlantic salmon since the 1970s
• 90% decline in the number of common frogs since the 1980s
• 70% decline in toads since the 1990’s
• 90% decline in the number of water voles since the 1990s.

Campaign for a #WilderFuture with us | Wildlife Trusts Wales (

small but deep
The wildlife around the rivers mouth, into the sea. Links to Irish sea recovery network- showing sea as map
Off the top of my head :
Dolphins, salmon, otter, birds (starlings, heron, cormorants, gulls), sea trout
OpenSeaMap: FAQ
Why does working with regional seas matter? | UNEP – UN Environment Programme
The Ocean Conference | 5-9 June 2017 Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
About | OSPAR Commission

Irish Sea Marine Conservation Zones | The Wildlife Trusts

Tutorial notes:

How space affects us, the importance of site. How can we link up these nature reserves. Can I tell a story in a cohesive way that has elements of abstraction whilst being accessible?
I think this would be a good challenge for me to bring together my third year of degree. Making use of experimental parts whilst getting across a message. Of connection and protection.
Miranda advised to think on scale – small but deep (like Walter de Marias land art sculpture of a 1km pole through the earth!! Small but big connotations)
Thought could use the harbour as the beginning of site as this the place where all the water meets in Aber. The two rivers joining to the sea. Must be an interesting habitat.


Lost and found.

Maps of Aberystwyth accessed from National library of wales online
Plans of harbours, bars, bays and roads in St. George’s Channel | The National Library of Wales

Have emailed the Wildlife trust about their nature reserve network plan and also about their living sea initiative.
Contacted JNCC the company supplying sea noise pollution data to the government to see if they’d give me any of their raw data.

WILDLIFE AROUND MOUTH – As part of Nature reserve

Considering using 2 land animals, 2 sea animals, 2 sky animals to reimagine how habitat of harbour and its connectedness to Marine protected zones (MZN) and land nature reserves.

Experimenting with different ways to engage with site. Following on from last semesters practice of visiting the sea and reflecting through writing. Decided to initially record through photos and videos but make the primary objective at this time to be sitting. To really absorb and appreciate the space.

Should I concentrate on endangered ones?
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Scum, captured at mouth. Mesmerising use of editing to captivate audience.
Notes on the hole story film about damaging extractive mine issues. Accessed on filmsforaction.

Imagination animal…
wanted to think of a powerful creature that could be a force in combatting the destruction of environments that are suitable for all. An ancient creature that could incite change.

(or dolphin or seal- salmon more connected to river and do a longer journey though)

On sitting, on being in a place without expectation. Actively engage with your senses, to give the stories in your mind time to unwind.


Each presented the animal we’d imagined….

Back to earth- exhibit at the Serpetine gallery
Carolina Caycedo: From River Rights to Just Fair Energy Transition – Serpentine Galleries

Olafur Eliasson, Earth Perspectives – Serpentine Galleries
Recalibrate how people see earth, through mapping!!

Created ddraig coed as my creature, a tree dragon that has a symbiotic relationship between their tree wings and dragon body. Fungi and algae do this to create lichen, something that colonises spaces first and allows other things to grow. Imagined my tree dragon like this- bought together by the changing climate to adapt and help the environment.

Tried out some sculptural pieces using driftwood as a found resource

Have been in contact with the Wildlife trust to get further information on the marine wildlife reserves and potential coordinates for them

Marine Protected Areas | GOV.WALES
Natural Resources Wales / Marine protected areas

Also contacted the JNCC who record the sea noise pollution data for the government. Wanted to see if they had any raw sounds however they responded saying they only collect raw data. She advised me to look on youtube but obviously this would have copyright issue, am really hoping I will be able to borrow Miranda hyrdophone to create the sound of the harbour mouth where the two rivers converge and head to the sea.

The natural resource wales website that i was directed too by the wildlife trust has some amazing maps of special areas of conservation at land and sea. Look through these to find the relevant sections.

Marine Protected Area Mapper | JNCC – Adviser to Government on Nature Conservation

WEEK 5: 2202

Presented our ideas for a workshop,

Reflections on idea from class,
keep the imaginative fun part of the tree dragon as it is accessible.
Try and present ideas with more succinct information, or make them less complicated
Exploring problems through imaginative solutions.

Ideas for taking Tims project forwards
-research in to found sound and behaviour
– Read the sound manual on UBU showing you how to make your own electric sound boxes
– Have pictures of our creatures as our backgrounds so it really seems like its the creatures communicating
– Potential to have creatures communicate with other animals in the world, see if theres any sounds of endangered creatures could use
– Try and imagine what different calls would be like- common calls in animals would perhaps be for mating, territory, pain, hunger, fear, sleeping….

Animal Sounds – Free Sound Effects | Free Sounds Library

List of animal sounds – Wikipedia


unranked: Biota
family: Charadriidae
genus: Haematopus
species: Haematopus ostralegus
subspecies: Haematopus ostralegus ostralegus Linnaeus, 1758


Length: 38-40cm
Wingspan: 1.1m
Weight: 410g
Average lifespan: 12 years

Conservation status

Classified in the UK as Red under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).

Sea loving gull, lives on cliffs and spends winter out on the Atlantic. Eats fish, shrimps and worms and does not scavenge at dumps like other gulls.
Quite a big range of space!

According to NBN there have been 32 recorded sightings of Kittiwakes in Aberystwyth. I am going to experiment with putting the coordinates of where they have been sighted into What3words and see if I can create a poem from there locations. (potentially to use as part of a soundtrack)

Aware engage sensibly
Thickened ratio lavender

Not all of them had exact coordinates unfortunately however they were all around the local area.
Try looking up the coordinates in the sea for the MZA’s! (marine protected zones)
(In doing this I figured how to put in the coordinates of the local animals I’m researching too!!)

Unpleasantness underpinned unapproved
acclaim fenced headboard
Tested quilting informed
poses hometown otters

lizard consumes writhes … this location from what3words actually in Seachelles…Think I will try find some of my own coordinates for them too perhaps)
I will continue putting the coordinates of the Special marine conservation zone in to What3words though as I think a poem to accompany tree dragon exploring these waters and how the 3 creatures lives are affected it would be stronger if its grounded in the actual place.


Can travel 1000km over the sea to reach there home breeding grounds!

Salmon sightings round local area
Record: 623260 | Occurrence record | NBN Atlas
Converted in to what3words locations:

Flagpole talked tripods
Barefoot goad regulator
Clarifies drop improving
Scorching qualifier gazes

Coordinates of marine protected sights in Welsh waters:

Found the memory map of the sea from the Livingseas Wales sight! A collection of peoples stories and memories of the coast!
Marine memories map | Living Seas Wales

Marine protection plan for Wales
WG41157 Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network Management: Action Plan for Wales (
Around Aberystwyth the Dyfi estuary is a special protected zone

Layout (

Wales has another Special conservation zone stretching all across Cardigan bay and further – collect coordinates
sac-uk0030397-map001.pdf (

Mapping is a really strong link between space and documentation. Potential to link to science without being too dyadic. Lots of interactive maps online being created- the living wales map is a really beautiful picture map. Having many public contributors!
Could be a way to get more wider engagement in space- help people figure out how to protect.
Been researching for a couple of weeks now, am honing in on what animals I think are the best to represent the harbour space in Cardigan bay.

West wales marine / Gorllewin Cymru Forol
Special area of conservation
sac-uk0030397-map002.pdf (

52.9392, -4.5777 – Loudness . bottom . cools
52.9335, -4.5824 – Servants . aquatics . nuzzled
52.9335, -4.5823 – Impact . prowl . ironic
52.9290, -4.5917 – steam . scratches . wiggly
52.9287, -4.5920 – brand . canoe . level
52.8899, -4.6657- opposite . smashes . perch
52.8899, -4.6658 – laying . thrashed . quietest
52.8777, -4.6726 – reclined . handsets . rebounder
52.8777, -4.6728 – doubt . party . vibes
52.8137 ,-4.7510 – steeped . unwraps . breakaway
52.8136, -4.7512 – blush . spellings . loafing
52.8154, -4.5701 – showrooms . lamplight . defensive
52.8152, -4.5692 – resurgent . landlords . blog
52.8114, -4.5607 – teach . buddy . riverside
52.8113, -4.5603 – dabbled . blast . nicely
52.8016, -4.5429 – downsize . funded . return
52.8014, -4.5418 – nation . sparkle . estuaries
52.7776, -4.5309 – empty . ushering . arrival
52.6067, -4.1290 – alternate . sulked . owner
52.6064, -4.1276 – tailors . musically . hidden
52.6060, -4.1273 – signified . standard . musically
52.5380, -4.0754 – shrub . figure . folders
52.5290, -4.0731 – breed . backhand . spends
52.5290, -4.0658 – bookshop . mercy . cassettes
52.5279, -4.0631 – announce . appraised . table
52.4071, -4.0905 – sulk . pursue . hike
52.4069, -4.0920 – stirs . photos . tagging

52.3080, -4.1615 – badminton . reported . nicknames
52.3078, -4.1624 – levels . replayed . birthing
52.2548, -4.2314 – dockers . liquids . corkscrew
52.2547, -4.2315 – laptop . harshest . vaccines
52.2442, -4.2656 – available . hooks . october
52.2439, -4.2660 – worlds . ruler . committee
52.2222, -4.3069 – dubbing . impose . sneezing
52.2222, -4.3070 – adverbs . dares . reference
52.2154, -4.3370 – onwards . dumps . applied
52.2153, -4.3372 – scans . dispenser . typhoon
52.1447, -4.4978 – coasted . accompany . tinkle
52.1446, -4.4980 – adventure . wiped . providing
52.1145, -4.6878 – texts . kindness . scooter
52.1124, -4.6919 – canine . doghouse . gadget
52.0778, -4.7594 – tastier . buddy . offshore
52.0778, -4.7594 – tastier . buddy . offshore
52.0777, -4.7597 – list . unsettled . drip
52.0777, -4.7598 – jump . beast . amplified
52.0232, -4.8502 – middle . though . unloaded
52.0230, -4.8512 – character . finds .stockpile
52.0199, -4.8687 – ironclad . seat . rots
52.0199, -4.8688 – thickens . fury . delivers
52.0196, -4.8785 – guru . smirking . fidget
52.0196, -4.8788 – chuck . rotation . caskets
51.9973, -4.9707 – cornfield . ringside . fillings
51.9973, -4.9709 – spring . defaults . engulfing
51.9970, -4.9714 – jubilant . hastened . rehearsed
51.9969, -4.9717 – tripled . saturate .visions
51.9491, -5.1826 – strapping . nags . called
51.9490, -5.1828 – mimes . rephrase . ripe
51.8679, -5.2810 – cuff . squeaking . sprayer
51.8679, -5.2808 – prices . waistcoat . corkscrew
51.8727, -5.2188 – encloses . caged . engrossed
51.8727, -5.2187 – honestly . turntable . lottery
51.8692, -5.1972 – bits . allowable . scrubbing
51.8694, -5.1968 – crackles . fork . trample
51.7105, -5.1175 – tearfully . throw . modes
51.6921, -5.1142 – giants . finishing . wolves
51.6242, -5.0629 – teachers . eyepieces . boss
51.4847, -5.1266 – vibrato . blooper . stargazes
51.5089, -5.4198 – nonathletic . elders . decently
51.6764, -5.5961 – chastising . volunteer . timeouts
51.8542, -5.6302 – suiting . unalterably . irises
52.2856, -5.2733- flexibly . prepositions . seascape
52.4636, -5.3069 – motioned . surveyed . perforations
52.9536, -4.7295 – lavished . broadly . trumpeted
52.9631, -4.5819 – replicating . truthfully . autoworkers

Experimented with turning all the coordinates of the Cardigan bay protected zone into whatwwords phrases (hence locations). Really strong way to ground in place as can look up exact coordinates of the zone much easier.
Exciting reimagining of space through words.

Have been regularly visiting the harbour and recording there in different ways, using the gopro, hydrophone to try out different perspectives of scaping. Am aiming to get the sound of some ships moving underwater.

WEEK 6 ;

Collected some pine resin to make glue from to stick together tree dragon model. Experimenting with different natural adhesives so the character could potentially be left in the landscape. Pine resin and charcol seem to be best option for things I can collect round this area. Pine resin is incredibly sticky!! It smells amazing too.
(was only gathering off tree’s that already had wounds- as this is where the sap pools)


Communicate in frequency’s 0.2- 150Hz
Live 40-50 years
Spread worldwide
Eats fish, shrimps and squids

Troubles of bottlenose dolphins:
– entanglement
– toxic contamination (oil, sewage, nutrient run off)
– plastic
– oil and gas development (seismic surveys) –
– noise pollution

Contacted Scott Waby who has actual footage of a local dolphin! He said I could use it as long as he is credited at the end!

Used to measure depth of water, find about about plant and animal life underneath the sea!!!
What is SOFAR? (
Email (

Sound travels differently underwater! Lower frequencies travel much further (look up what frequencies seismic testing use)
Moves faster underwater 1500m per second as oppose to 340m per second in air.
Is affected by temperature, pressure and salinity also.

read and learn about specific zones – 139 protected water areas in Wales. See how they connect and the direct action they’re taking.

First draft of a song map of the sea, some hydrophone recordings accompanying, will get a more diverse range of these to give song depth. Thinking of using it as the backing soundtrack to the film in conjunction with hydrophone and tidal soundwave.

First attempt at trying to turn the coordinates of the Special area if conservation zone in to a song using the direct locations from what3words.
Practice with modelling clay to make a dolphin

A mushroom log found at the harbour!! Exploration and experimentation with found objects at site (harbour).

Ways to try represent different pollutants

WORKSHOP – Conversation pieces
For this workshop I learnt how to create a graphic score! Imagined how animals would sound which was a fun challenge. I distorted alot of the underwater recordings to achieve the affects.
Reflection: There is empty space in conversation! Worked quite well on zoom actually, we trialled using holding up our hands but eventually made it in to a natural flow.

My graphical score for the tree dragon


By gathering actual objects from the harbour there will be a certain physicality to the film that cannot be replicated in purely digital filming . Creating a materiality that encompasses and portrays troubles (old nets and plastic) in a more visceral way.

using paint on acetate to show tree dragon growing up and fish stocks being depleted

Think the physical film strips work really well, by creating my own film strips I’ve ben able to experiment with lost of different materials. Laying down nets, plastic and drawing directly on to the acetate so far.
The netting and plastic works best in my opinion as sometimes the drawing can be not opqaue enough. Potentially think about using glue to stick down though and not cellatape as the celltape adds another layer of filter.

Drawing the tree dragon growing up, the background is created by taking bark rubbings off tree’s

Laying fishing wire on actetae and pulling through enlarger to represent entanglement. The dolphin floating over is a model and am considering using live dolphin footage instead.
Overlaying fish drawn on acetate to experiment with representing overfishing and reduced food sources
Underwater filming at the harbour using the gopro
Experimenting with creating a blinking eye to help show perspective changes


Song of the sea map, the what3words locations to the special area of conservation. Trying to play with including underwater noise and modulating voice to sound more underwater
shot list, am focusing on making the map animation this weekend as have done most of the animal research and creation

Planet magazine submissions close 31st March!!!

XC26685 Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) :: xeno-canto (
Kittiwake sounds!!!
Discovery of Sound in the Sea (
useful sea based sound research and noises – explore more into hydroacoustics. extremely useful for telling factors that affects sea

Bottlenose Dolphin – Discovery of Sound in the Sea (

Have contacted this site to see if it would be possible for me to use these sounds in the experimental film

‘Liquid Crystal Environment’, Gustav Metzger, 1965, remade 2005 | Tate
Gustav Metzgers auto creative and destructive works are very inspiring as could leave things to grow and decay on the film strips. To show the continual flux of the sea

Reflection :
Creation of an experimental film looking at different animals that live in the special area of conservation, through fantastical means to engage and inspire an audience to wonder about their local area and what they can do to continue its protection. Song of the sea and exploration of map to reinforce the locality and show that some areas are protected (although animals still face troubles here) but that not all the sea is.

Searching and collecting materials to represent entanglement. using actual bits of washed up rope and fishing line directly on the acetate
tree dragon storyboard

underwater recordings
Dragon eye blinking with borrowed local sea otter footage in the harbour
Experimenting with colouring the bubbles to represent the different pollution of chemicals, farm run off and sewage
experimenting with using paint on acetate to show tree dragon growing up, thought it might be more opaque but ended up having less control than the pens so messier overlook outcome.
Exploring different ways footage can be overlayed


Relevant documentaries to watch
(64) The global fight over water | DW Documentary – YouTube

Seaspricary, just came out on netflix today!

Order or the song so it makes sense with where the local creaturse and tree dragon emerge on the map.

Backwards from teachers eyepieces ….

52.9631, -4.5819 – replicating . truthfully . autoworkers
52.9536, -4.7295 – lavished . broadly . trumpeted
52.4636, -5.3069 – motioned . surveyed . perforations
52.2856, -5.2733- flexibly . prepositions . seascape
51.8542, -5.6302 – suiting . unalterably . irises
51.6764, -5.5961 – chastising . volunteer . timeouts
51.5089, -5.4198 – nonathletic . elders . decently
51.4847, -5.1266 – vibrato . blooper . stargazes

First draft of the film – initial title – Drift would
(95) Drift would – Tree dragon tale (first draft) – YouTube

Project proposal
Multimedia (stop motion animation, found footage, acetate film strips) pre – recorded film with underwater sounds and song map sound track
Map making workshop
The Project – Concept – 100 words

Engaging with the local environment (harbour) and exploring the creatures that live there. Interacting with animals through the viewpoint of a fantastical ‘Tree dragon’ (created from site specific, found materials)
to discover more about them and their troubles. A journey through the different water spaces of this area – highlighting the idea of protected spaces and their key role in the survival of wildlife, while understanding
their limits and potential for further connection with other protected zones. Created a song map of the Cardigan Bay special area of conservation to explore alternate mapping techniques and use as a soundtrack
along with other underwater recordings.

Describe how have you considered the ‘site and situation’ of the online live stream context?
Using the map making workshop of your local area to expand peoples awareness away from the computer and to where you exsist within the environment. To think on other creatures and break away from purely human centric perception.
Building up to the drift would film that encapsulates this local mapping.

Describe how does the project engages with an online live stream context?
Mapping workshop allows direct interaction with audience and a participtry act that they can engage with that promotes questioning on peoples personal local areas
Collective viewing of Drift would film after the workshop allows viewers to explore a film designed around this act of mapping and protection.

Describe therefore how the project is enhanced by the online live stream context?
Audience is engaged with a workshop that leads on to a film, allows for demonstration of mapping and direct engagement of peoples own locality.
Whilst also showing how I have imagined this exploration of site through a collective viewing from the comfort of ones own space.
Encouraging questioning on the importance of protected sites and where they are.

feedback from class after presenting proposal:
Overlay words on to what the animals eat so is clearer
Overlay words on to the troubles as showing visually means message gets lost –
Overfishing – plastic pollution – raw sewage, farm run off, industrial waste – entanglement – – – (Problems I identified all the animals share)

song should be on its own without the underwater sounds as it gets too lost. Perhaps very quietly. Song shouldn’t come in till the map at the end does. Thought about singing in harbour but might get lost to the sea.

When thank Cardigan bay special area of conservation at end add on that you turned the coordinates of all 66 points into what3words phrases – hence the song map that the tree dragon and local creatures explore

tree dragon in water was Mirandas favourite part, think about simplfiing the animation and adding more shots of tree dragon over water (could take tree dragon to sea and film over actual water too!

Think about mapping workshop structure, Miranda thought 10 minutes was too short so practice one 15 minutes long and see if this is better

Finish map animation
Troubles with text
What eat with text
Make stronger puppets from all models
Plan 15- 20 minute workshop
Re do audio soundtrack so song is on own
Add hydrophone sounds into rest of film more


The rivers trust- have mapped where raw sewage is released into the river- happens on both the Ysywth and rheidol!!!
They have a map of it!!
Raw Sewage in our Rivers – The Rivers Trust



  • Listened to reflections from group crit and took them onboard with my final editing: ​
  • The use of labels for pollutants made film much stronger as could understand what I was trying to represent​
  • Use of Welsh and English for text was very appropriate as the site I was investigating is in Wales.​
  • Creation of acetate film strips is innovative way to mix digital film with physical art. Plastic and net made strongest impression, drawn dragon at start could’ve been achieved through stop motion but was interesting to experiment with.​
  • Impressive that tree dragon managed to meet 3 creatures, am glad that I picked sky, land and sea so all these landscapes could be represented. ​
  • Was strong choice to pick bottlenose dolphin as this is part of reason that the area is protected. ​
  • Using local creatures, especially finding access to actual footage of those creatures in Aberysywth gave the film a strong cross dimensional element. Where animals were represented in multiple ways. ​
  • Not too didactic representation of their troubles, also wasn’t reductive as is just a sample of some of the troubles these creatures all face. 


  • Was engaging to read and be sent information about everyones projects. ​
  • Team effort to organise​
  • Learnt that collating and gathering needs to be done far in advance as people find it hard to deliever to deadlines. ​
  • Taking over the arrt centre via instagram was exciting, inspiring to try promote peoples work in an engaging way. ​
  • Good experience of curating through social media platforms, this is a way a lot of people access art so was grateful to have an introduction of real experience of doing this. 


  • Episode structure was engaging, good to have breaks between as gave peope a chance to absorb and refresh. ​
  • Was worried over two days would be too long however think it worked well and made it feel like an online festival. ​
  • Use of the showreel was an amazing improvement on the winter show as there was no lag. ​
  • Live elements kept the audience questioning and active partipants. ​
  • Created sense of online ‘site’. This combined with showreel made a dynamic representation of works. 
  • Amazing experience to be part of, engaged with whole thing and really felt like a collaborative effort. Really inspiring to be part of something with everyone after so much separation. ​
  • Guests were a positive, interesting contribution that were well able to articulate their reflections on the show. Also came up with some interesting associations post show, like Harrys. ​
  • Disscussion aspect was thoughtful as it allowed people to directly engage. Gave participants more chance to delve into their work while audience could also question and reflect.  
Maps created in my workshop in the spring show and then collated

I am going to send the film I created to the Cardigan bay SAC officer as they say on their website that
‘One of the most important ways that we take care of the site is to explain to people why the SAC is such a special place. ‘
What is the SAC? | Cardigan Bay SAC


Using gathered materials and direct experience of the environment to create through :




Making immersion (sculptures)


Writing – invisible writing, mobius loop



Water reflects
Relays our actions
It is us
Where the earth and sky meet
An engagement with the whole


Thinking on memory I made attempts to create maps of places that were no longer able to be accessed, a step away from water in to the mind. I enjoyed exlporing the places again in my head but representing them proved emotionally challeneging. This focus on loss.

I was reading Robert Macfarlanes Landmarks at the time, a book full of glossarys of words that are passing out of time. This localised, specialised language that creates stewardship of a place. He spoke of the Isle of Lewis, how people would create memory maps in their heads of the peat bogs to be able to pass through the expanse. This connection between lost language and place interested me more than my own memory maps of places special to me. I wanted to highlight spaces important to all.

His glossary of lost water words was specifically interesting to me :
Abbain- substantial river, often running to the sea, with numerous tributaries (Gaelic)
Aghlish- Crook or sharp curve of a river (Manx)
Aker – turbulent current (East Anglia)
Bala- outflow of a river from a lake (Welsh)
Beck – Stream (N. England)

I think this shift towards localistation is very important, to deeply observe and then be able to change what you can. Rachel Carsons silent spring really emphasised this as a neccesity to me, how can you know somethings wrong if you don’t know how it is?

seafoam ————– eafoa ———— sm

To create art through being, an integral link for my daily life and practice.

I began writing a sea diary in August. Being restricted from the sea during lockdown made me appreciate it even more so I began swimming every day. To be able to float soothed my head and kindled my creativity so I thought to try and sustain swimming in the sea everyday while the sea still roars to my west.

An on going and organic process I began thinking what to observe from my time in the sea, initially I began with:
Who I was with
Where I was
What the sea looked like
What it felt like

Information gathering from the sea, this has now progressed to thinking much more deeply. Adjusting and creating paramenters to hold the sea in awareness
How the stones sound
What I felt before and after
Quality of the water (contact science department and see if there potential for testing)
Experimenting with photo sensitive paper in sea
Sky (photo)

AMY SHARROCK – Muesum of water

Begun in 2013 in London this collection of publicly donated water allows people to be active participants in the museum. Accompanied by stories of where the water is from it allows us to revaluate our connection with water and the impact it has on our lives.
Making seen something many take for granted.
Funded by Artangel and LSHTM the collection can be viewed online as well as touring a variety of different locations including Somerset house ,Europe and Australia.

This work was inspiring as it highlights our relationship with water, allowing us to become curators and purveyors in its importance. Making the invisible visible.

The Collection – Museum of Water by Amy Sharrocks, London UK

Thinking on nature we explored a variety of artists who explore this, we experimented taking notes using an automatic technique. Where we just responded directly to what was going on with a pen and paper- drawing, direct writing.
Interesting to see engagement and vastly different responses

The artists work that most stuck with me and that I would like to further research are:
Ludwig Berger – Melting landscapes (Field Recordings, 2016 – 2018)
Jan Svankmajer –  Faust, 1994
Simone Kenyon and Lucy Cash – How the Earth Must See Itself, 2019

READINGS (notes):
Gerhard Richter– Atlas- Lynne ccoke anylysis
Physical collage, diversity of clippings as artwork in itself

The studio of the street- Jeffery Deitch
Basquait emergence, no distinction between art and life environments

Marcus Boon and Gabriel Levine- Introduction/the promise of practice
A nebula named practice – dematerialization of art object

Praxis in Greek- to Aristotelian philosophy meant an action that is valuable in itself (had an ethical dimension as how to live and political concerned with how people live with others )

Marx invested practice with collective transformative wordly action

Henry LefeBreve- transforming of everyday life

Lydia Clark ‘structuring the self’ Art move in to art therapy


Big rolling waves, cautious. Sun shining hot bands of grey feel little wound up, somewhat sad. Sun sparkles on.
IN>> Grey turquois POWER stones smash waves devour murky churned froth bubbling underskirts collapsing peaks travel backwards through time shoreline divide flickered
Warming feet stumped on stones to the obliterated sun. She shone 2.45pm when i swam

On own, bottom of north

More in depth sea observations from the storm:
(contemplating whether to go in)

It is windswept. The sea looks browny and grey, there are mysterious shadows of seaweed. Unenticing. Little roolly waves. Giant seaweed scum. The wind chides me. Makes me forget the allure of the sea. What tempers. I feel uncertain, the sea looks matt. 6PM. On own. Small starling party. By jetty north beach.
AT LEAST Y NOT >> BIG scary clumps of seaweed, what lurks within?? Jellfishes. My hands are cold. I see you and I don’t.

On deciding not to swim, you have to be sensible with the sea as it powerful far beyond us and indiffernt. To be held.
We had meditated at the start of class and it inspired me to just sit with the sea if I thought it was too much to go in safely and reflect.

Lay back on the horizon


Waves as big as horses roaring up sky aghast with clouds rising above horizon giants laying back on sunrays. Peeping island amongst grey gutteral touch the sea iron rain blue above wind wilts and decays under clothes rampage. Scum on sea churned up dirty seafoam beige bethrothal to the white waves seagulls glide skirting the peaks

Common Ground- 1983
Founded by Richard Deakin, Sue Clifford and Angela Price
This organisation is intended to encourage people to engage with they’re local area, to specilise they’re interest. to fall in love so they have a reason to protect. Three of my favourite projects from them are:
Tree trails: A series of maps of diferent trees
Watch for free on BFI player
Ty Unnos- Owen Griffiths

Owen Griffiths
Social practice artist, read interview with him from the centre for artistic activism . Welsh based artist

Amazing collection of different artists projects that help bring about change!!

09102020 Tutorial reflection

On setting up a practice, art as a reflection of your life – what you’re exploring, questioning, engaged in? How you respond to this in whatever framework you set for yourself. For me this works in relation to the sea, visiting the sea as a practice. A body of water that relays actions and draws parallels and remembering s of deeper forces.

This importance of specilisation, not getting lost in trying to portray something totally- becoming consumed generally. Allowing a deep look in to something (in this point in time a locality for me) to resonate.

Exploring water, time, memory (mapping), lost places, lost words, lost stewardship
Really inspired by Rachel Carsons knowing of a place so well you want to protect it. As for recording, not sure where I’ll go- get lost in process.
Environmental question, am trying to hold lightly and not force. Interested in some film and visual artists and temporary- BILL VIOLA.(Tom Creed also looked at video sculpturally)

Swim diary. Quality of water?? Who ask?


Socially distanced project room visit- Flashing cube, fluxus imposition

Spray : water blown by waves 1620
Billow : To rise or roll in big waves 1590
Undulate : to move in waves 1660s
Fluctuant : moving like a wave

Liminology- Richard Skelton
Arranging over 1000 ‘water words’ from the local dialetic of his area in Cumbria, Skelton creates poems and words that tumble across the page. Flowing like water!
This is really inspiring as it reminds me of the waves I am trying to create in the sea diary. Should try buy this book to see some of the techniques he’s used in creating a watery atmosphere through shape and language. He has also set up his own printing press ‘Corble stone press’ . The book also is accompanied by a music soundtrack that builds and swells in relation to tracking the course of a river from the mountain rill to the sea.

Waterlogged by Richard Deakin > Wild swimming around the UK, looking at space in a differnt way. Allowing people to engage with places through water.

Dwr Cymru
Elan valley trust
Water footprint



gentle lap small roll dripping orange essence iridescent pools that hover over peaks rippling mountains aglow green grey trilobite sky memories of binoculars pinpoint vision obtuse to the parameters zoom in to all
on own. South beach 6pm
Amazement at sunset, wind feels warm in my nose, daydreamy
After- relaxed
cold hands. Muscle man got in after me with just trunks

Crumpled red behind purple amorphous shapes fractured waves shiver asunder blink shift change quarterize the heart and barely bleeding reply in tounges too heavy to hold unspun your passing shallow condenses to rot
Some sallow grace hallowed peaks of haggard joy old spun lace lamenting lost journeys


Amongst boulders, placed sea defenses traveled from unknown to stand protectors behind sunset rust bars chewed in dereliction sober yellow eyes squint flashing sequence stumbling silhouettes twirl against the sky all bleeds grey dirty dusk sea lap jittering juddering TOO DARK MOVE ON scorched orange dragons tail

am glad to be doing some things grounded in materiality, the sea diary- the direct charcoal drawings. The practice of going to the sea, of being. I found this process of setting up a practice incredibly inspiring, looking in to artists who contemplate time, memory and the documentation (mapping) of things lost, to be held.
Keep wanting to work with temporal materials, maybe try make more colours than just the black charcoal. Am enjoying the use of film and photographs as documentation at the moment, perhaps try refine some water soundtrack as well with my sound producer online friend.


– Leaving photos of sea in the sea, see how this degrades them
– Putting photo sensitive paper in the sea, at day and night. See if this leaves any imprints .
Artist Megan Ripenhoff does this!
– Cyantype chemicals

– Bill Viola
Born in 1951 he is a pioneering artist of our time (especially for video art). His work is charactised by symbolism and questioning universal truths. His close relationship with water especially interested me, his work ‘Reflecting pool’ 1977-79 involves someone diving in to a pool in a forest. Exploring actions that happen below the surface. Water hides, reflects, relays, receives. Made me think more on the symbolic qualities water inherently has.

Nikki Lindt – soil sounds
‘Beneath the forest floor’
Consisting of sound recordings made underground in the Hubbard experimental forest in 2019. This piece was done in collaboration with scientist Lindsey Rustad who is exploring the possibility that underground sounds can inform us of the health of the forest.
Inspiring as the collaboration with art has inspired a largely unknown line of scientific enquiry.

Beneath the Forest Floor, Nikki Lindt on Vimeo

Workshop 1: 14/10/2020
Moments in time and space. Hunter gatherer. Getting lost> searching>growth and decay.
We went out in search of acorns, rummaging through the forest. Was a long hunt to find them, as we got closer the ground darkened with dried out husks. Trying to spy the green unbroken shells to plant. When you are looking specifically it reframes the space, you notice new things in relation to what you search for.

Ritualistic practice of watering…of care
Lost language of nature, people not being able to recognise. NOT SEEN NOT SPOKEN
Time span- slow and fast, memory within. Small time of planting now, big positive time frame affects. Ripple affects of actions.

For next week:
Come with an idea to plan to create a collaborative project from…
Potential spaces _ Creative arts studio, project room and outside
Materials could use: Compost, watering can, spoons, plant pots, gloves


Decided to make a physical sea diary by binding my own book and hand painting the paper. To touch down in a materiality while so much is online. I was taking notes at the sea and transposing them which was creating mix ups anyway. I wanted to create a beautiful object where even the way the text is structured is reminiscent of the sea. I took inspiration from the original sea posters I made earlier on and created waves of text.

Seaweed dye research
Am also very interested in the potential of natural materials to dye and change the paper. There are so many different colours of seaweed round here I will look up the local varieties and see if any can be used.

Bootlace weed Chorda filum
Red seaweed Furcellaria lumbricalis
Red seaweed Griffithsia flosculosa

(information sourced form Seasearch an underwater volunteer sea survey organisation)

Seaweed research, photograph


Recorded this from the beach, the last blink of the day. Considering editing further to highlight this passing of time and exemplify the blinks .



– Creating quick animations of washeed away drawings-
– Experiment with different natural pigmenst, see how long they take to disappear
-look in to passing time
– could draw the local area on the stones??
– Wave patterns
– Something we’re losing and finding??


structural look in to filmaking, exploring time within film and space created from slow change. The same image of a wave. A repeation. A questioning on how some images we will gaze at unendingly, a sunset, a fire, the sea. Mesmorizing. Boring.

B. 1910 New york, abstract painter and experimental film maker
DWIGHTIANIA_- filmed in Dwight Ripleys studio (she also filmed in Amdy Warhol, Piet Mondrian and Noguchis studios). This piece uses stop motion to frame the artwork in new ways and engage the viewer differntly with the pieces.


Still reading Wanderlust and am inspired by the way she shows how dynamic and layered the history of walking can be. The branches and twists it shows you reveals that even simple acts can have far reaching affects.

From this week I’ve become interested in how water can portray the elements of time and memory.
With the washing charcoal, dissolving photographs and stop motion animation it creates a look in to time within this practice.
The free motion wave based documentation in the sea diary is exciting aswell in relation to a free form free written look in to the sea.

WORKSHOP 2: 19102020

Uncommon ground Land Art in Britain 1966- 1979 education pack from London Southbank centre

Good educational pack, detailing the history of Land Art and the artists featured in this exhibition

Roger Ackling – Born 1947 London
Sun Pyrography, concentrated time. Strong sense of time, in relation to weather conditions and the intensity of the marks!! Focus on the microscopic.

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Born 1925 Bahamas
Became known for poetry carving words in to stones. From 1967 started turning his own garden Stonypath in to a work of art. Adding headstones and carved peices. Alot of focus with the sea, carving inscriptions related to sea.
The Monteviot Proposal 1979

Anthony McCall- Born 1946 Kent
Light and projection, Landscape for fire

Garry Fabian Miller, Born 1947 Bristol
Fine art photographer, Sections of sea: Sea Horizons – focus, exposure, viewpoint and arc all fixed. Timing of shots was random and not recorded. 1974 studied Shetland Islands which has given him a strong sense of place in their work.

Others of interest to look in to , Keith Arnatt, Barry Flanagan, Derek Jarman

‘Most of England has had its shape changed – practically the whole place, because it has
been ploughed over for centuries – rounded off.’
Our impact on the land
Richard Long, speaking at Earth symposium, Cornell University, New York 1969

Improving this I would concentrate more on the sound, create something more cohesive. Suggest listening to this one muted.

Using stop motion as a technique for the charcol is not very effective as the tide washes it off too fast to take many photos. For that reason I have ben compiling short films instead.
Would still like to experiment with the effectivenness of different pigments on stones to see if they last longer.

Still want to make some sort of sea based animation, am very inspired by the animated snake from Marie Menkens animated short film ‘Dwightiania’

Potential of sea diary to be in a scroll structure, be more fluid and like the rolling sea?

First attempts to set up our own darkroom at home. Want to do this so am able to fix the sea printed pictures and experiment more with solorizaration cans as a means for collecting time and cyantypes for more defined wave patterns.

This process involved measuring
354ml water (room temp)
5 tsp coffee (must be caffinated)
3 and 1/2 tsp washing soda (we made this by baking baking soda in the oven for 30 minutes)
3/4 tsp Vitimin C powder

Mix well so crystals dissolve. This is the Caffenol alternat8ive developing process that I found out on

However after trying to follow that link again the page seems to be dead. I will hence write about my experience on here.

Add mix to film cannister, agitate constantly for first minute, then three times a minute for 11 minutes.

Wash with running water (as close to room temp as possible)

Pour in fixer 2oz of fixer to 6oz water , agitate 3 minutes

Pour in water with a drop of washing soap, do this 12 times- agitating as go

Although my first experiment of this process yielded totally void film I can still use this to scratch in to or on top of to make an animation – nothings truly wasted. An interesting process to try in the cupboard!!

Listen to shipping forecast everyday!! Record in sea diary, then will know tide times and sea predictions
will keep me safer and have some factual response to the sea

Useful for checking safest time of day to swim, liked the pattern created. Reminded me of sound waves.

WORKSHOP 3 : 26102020

Charcoal dissolution. The sound on this works much more effectively and gives the film more motion. Need to adjust the levels so is less crackly though.

Darkroom – development and further experimentation:
Emailed the School of Art asking about taking my home darkroom further as it is hard for me to access the art departments darkroom with lockdown restrictions. Accommodatingly they leant me an old disused enlarger! Having access to this means I can actually reverse my negatives, make actual photos and play around with the capacity of using it in flicker films and animations! Learning about the material of making.

Photosensitive paper – continuing to put this material in the sea created some interesting colours. Most of the patterns come from the small rocks scraping i think. It is hard to not let them be pulled out by tide. maybe I should fasten them to string instead. To get the flow of water. These were done in daytime.

Liquid light – potential of this as can be painted on to other objects, could try painting on to stones. Should look how harmful for the environment it is also. (Liquid light is a chemical that turns any surface photosensitive when applied)

Richard Skelton:
Continued resaerching this artist, he is very concerned with locality and stewardship.
Wrote another book called ‘Landings’ which maps an area of the northern moors, looking at its history, the language used to describe it that’s getting lost. A crucial bit of landscape writing it deeply evokes place

Reliquiae – biannual poetry journal
Ecologically aware writing, ethnological to philosophical, landscapes , nature and mythology. Most interested in esoteric , visionary and mythopoeic. Anyone can submit!!

New frontier project

Art atlas collaboration (singing to the sea in response!!)

Binocular vision:
‘The peregrine lives in a pouring away world of no attachemnt . Finding his way in remembered symmeteries.’ – The peregrine – J.A Baker

Peculiar form of looking high focus- shut out rest. End of tunnel .

Potential good way of showing specilisation – try filming through binoculars, the sea, the water.

No focal point

Observing how can emphasise the constant movement and dissolution of focal point in nature

Pigment research :
Plant matter
Heavy metals

Relics- Richard skelton and autumn richardson

Book documenting all the trees on the Cumbria fells from 12,000 years ago to present. A poem and travel through time and memory. Thought this could be relevant to our class collaboration project and also my own work.
Documenting, remembering, saving.


Also found out about the ‘Ash project’ through researching this book, a cultural response to ash dieback in the kent downs. Collaborating with a variety of differnt artists inclusing Ackroyd they are creating a collective memory to combat ash dieback which will likely destroy 90% of the species.

Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton: Relics (Fraxinus)


How to read water- Tristian Gooley (notes)
Interesting look in to the signs and signifiers water has that we are just not aware of. The maps of the sea, that water makes up most of the world and there are ways to read the waves like maps.
Good change of perspective on water and how can approach it.

Visiting the studio:
Important to still make use of the space while reading week is on, very grateful to have access to these areas while lockdown is still in place. Went in to check on the oak forest we have planted, some very budding sprouts shooting. The creative arts compost is placed on a plinth, we all add our food waste in and this in turn nourishes our plants. Feeding in to this observation of the interconnectedness of nature.
Also discovered a sound book

Practice stone animation moving in a rhythmic way to the sea.

Charcol snake

No focal point, sunset transient

Tidal sound waves –
Have been speaking to a sound producer about the potential of turning the tidal pattern diagram in to a sound wave! Seeing what the tide sounds like, compressing two weeks worth of time in to a 15 bit sound. Am learning about sound design for this, recently installed ableton on my computer so will be using this software.
Hired out a marantz recorder from Creative arts this week also to record some sounds of the sea to potentially be able to modulate with this wave form!
Need to start making some diagrams about comparative frequencies and explore in to the maths of this. Very exciting though!!!

Sea diary

Pigments research:
Artist, John Sabraw Environmental engineer, Guy Riefler
Found the quote below by Goethe on John sabraw website, very inspiring to my own practice in remembering the universal languages of communicating. Trying to explore science and art together.
John sabraw does this with environmental engineer Guy Riefler, collecting toxic sludge run off from rivers they create pigments. Most pigments are iron based anyone so with the contamination in these rivers this can be turned in deep oranges, blacks, reds, rust. They’re hoping to get a big paint company involved so they can continue to clean up rivers on a wider scale.

Made me very inspired to look at the potential of turning heavy metals in to pigments as the local rivers round here have high contents of these as run off from mines.


— Goethe

Further pigment artist research:
Dirty water collective
Found out about a project done by a group of artists in the filipines, using the polluted rivers mud to create watercolour paints. they have then been exhibiting these and selling them to generate money to restore the rivers health.
They decontaminate the soil and mix it with gum arabic!
Could be a good potential for our own collaborative pigments.

Creative coalition 2020
Will be attending this 3 day collaborative festival, due to lockdown circumstances the festival is now free AND online. Some silver linings in the dark. Variety of different artists speaking about circumstances and performing their work.

Artists – Fluxus
International avant garde collecton of artists founded in 1960’s and continuing till present. Derived from Latin word for flowing, it challenged the ideas of what art can be and continues to open up new definitions for it. Using a range of media they expounded a do-it-yourself approached, often including chance in to their work they thrived off collaborations and humour.

Very inspiring as highlighted how practice can be art and that process is as important as result.

Amazing internet resource compiling multidisiplinary artists. examples of sounds, interviews, videos and papers written by these creatives. Fluxus soundtrack

Live documentation of initial method used for getting the sea to mark photographs of itself.

Reflections before tutorial :
Am still really excited by practice. Having gone to the sea and recorded this everyday I still have the continual thread of the sea diary and the grounding experience for me. To be with the sea at this time. It has created an event for me that restores and inspires. Rippling off in my mind, the effects of time, memory and place. Using animations, films, sounds that explore a notion of place within nature. Making the invisible visible,
Still exploring:
Charcoal/pigment animations/films (potential of group happening in this)
Film as installation and projection (lost languages of the sea reflected on sea)
Tidal sound patterns
Logogriphs and lost language research
Darkroom and degrading photos, solorization- tracking of time
Sea diary, poetry, reflect

Although I have no set idea for my final piece I am grateful that my practice of being with the sea has opened these different avenues to keep investigating in the context of play. I know I would like to use the project room, to create a space. With sounds, videos, projections, activities. The sea, to be.

Reflections after tutorial :
Gather the formats I would like to use, sound, video and projection and start finessing the research. deeper and with more focus on how the piece will work within a 3 hour digital workshop.

Miranda notes:

I.P.1, 3, 5 Tutorial 2, week 5


What are your reflections on the workshop this week?

What have you been exploring and experimenting with so far?

Lots of rich vibrant experimentation so far with the sea visits, everyday visiting the sea with the intention of writing poetry, making short experimental animated films, developing photos in the sea water etc.

Sally is very engaged with research and it is all moving along very well, she is exited, engaged and motivated.

But we discussed now being a good moment, within the given time line, to stop experimenting and move deeper into an element of the research so far – she suggested her deepest interest at the moment is in the wave form, tide forecast graph.

This is a very strong idea, Sally has the time to develop 1 x 2 week forecast into a audio waveform.

We discussed how she might work with the 3 hour online exhibition platform in an exciting and appropriate way – we discussed doing live performance perhaps on the beach alongside a more professional/packaged/digital presentation – of the waveform?
We discussed this online exhibition would be a good opportunity for Sally to draw the two sides of her together – the professional, organised, sophisticated and the more organic, spontaneous, natural and unpackaged!

We discussed how the duration of the 3 hours could be related to the time in her work?

What seems to be emerging as the strongest aspect of all of your experimentation?

Commitment to the idea, to the sea, to the ‘practice’, to research, to play without a destination

What research have you done so far?

Lots! But I am not sure – who more deeply – it is hard to tell form the notebook?

How are you using the Online notebook? Is it working for you?

It is working very well indeed, it is a brainstorming space for Sally and a depository for her research – she does it with the idea of coming back to it

I think it is time for Sally to go back to it – to tidy it up using a strategy – maybe colour blocks for each aspect e.g research, experimentation, reflection, workshops

Making sure Weeks are marked clearly – large, bold font

Tidying up spelling

Adding more photos of the artists research

Have you any idea yet what you will write your review on?

We didn’t discuss

So overall a stopping, going backwards and then moving forwards more specifically moment for Sally.

WORKSHOP: 09112020
Presented our research:
Energy and tree’sCurleon photos of leaves, Curleon energy. Way of exposing photos so it seems they have energy radiating out of them.
Tree perception – bio energy – Mycrohrizal fungal network

Research does not have to be logical, looking around

TimeSam taylor Johnson B. 1967 London
Killing time – Tate modern
Rotten fruit still… 2001/02 – Stop motion ‘smells like fruit rotting’, video format effective, still lifes – more to than meets the eye

Trees- Byran Nash Gill
Prints of wood, woodcuts- vimeo
Nils Udo – depth of wooden nests (Land art)

Woods – Shakespear
Oberon King of the forest, lives in woods. Inspiration marriage culture in Britain in 16thc .
William Blake – Midsummer night dream etching

Diversity – Ronaldo Hernadez – Mural political and cultural diversity

Katie Patterson – Significant young artist, Future library, Hollow
(Zella and Moye architects) Made with Bristol uni, funded by situations. a planets worth of trees- years of research . Interactive website . Monument to 10,000 tree’s globally . Intergrate and work well with others

Showed that you can research around

Time to refine ideas!! Condense and coalesce,

Tidal wave (Foley sounds)
Started properly plotting the different high and low points in to a graph to figure out the difference between them so I could make sure the values were really accurate.
We then assigned each tide height a different frequency which were then sampled. Each wave then needs to be zoomed in and spliced together with the consequective wave to create one consistent sound – coming in coming out, going up going down. Is an amazing way to condense time, the most basic form of this 2 week cycle is reduced to a less than 2 second wave.
Similar to music concrete in that it is taking its value from actual real world sources. Now the wave has been formed can experiment with stretching this.

Richard Skelton – Lancashire, musician  

Very concerned with locality and stewardship. Deep observation of space.  

This project tracks waterway systems in an area and creates a musical score from found sounds tracking the journey of water through this place. The accompanying book creates visual patterns out of word lists, creating rivers through text. Blending poems, myths and lost languages for water. Grounded in place it explores our integral link with water.  
28 minute sound piece ebbs and flows and gradually reaches a crescendo, tracking and mimicking the build up of rivers from their source.  
Very relevant to my sea diary, to the recording of a space and building up a relationship with it to observe the important rhythms. An accompanying soundtrack based on water patterns was very inspiring to my creation of a tidal soundwave and how I could edit this further to highlight this flow.  
With his wife he also set up a print press called Corbel stone press, a way to publish his own art and collaborate with other artists. Anyone can submit work to this biannual poetry publications!

Ideas how to utilise 3 hours:
– Passage of time (in tides)
– Scratch photo and film animation (sea develop) , cycle of creation and destruction
– Rhythm of life, how affect
– Rituals , affected by this , my personal affect…

3 HOUR : Do something by sea, make animation, film sea
Wider picture : Being separated from natural rhythms

Memory – Tate podcast

George the poet- Creative coalition talk
– All existence is contribution
– Time and place have passed physical stage
– Self determination, knowledge is information we use to get higher
– Knowledge – skills – opportunity in DAILY LIVES
– Context of creative content!!!

Ash research:
As well as gathering the leaves of our tree’s for the class we also collected information about them to speak of.

From previous research I looked further in to the Ash project in Kent. Creating a living archive for a dying tree they collaboratively teamed up with scientist and artists to explore this through public monuments, walks through woodlands and public engagement. They have an extensive website which even recommends tips for setting up a collective practice! Asks how we might mark and celebrate ash tree’s before its too late!

Ash dieback – fungal pathogen ‘Hymenoscychphus fraxineus’ , 90%- 98% will die over the next decade. Over 150 million mature tree’s in Britain. One of our most ancient tree’s , appears in pollen records from thousands of years ago and mythology.

I was very inspired by Cydney Adams film ‘Frission‘,
it documents an ash tree and then as time goes on through this stop motion animation film the human interaction with the tree. The photographic stop motion gives it a kind of stuttering, like a final breath.
Reflections : Blurred out, abstract. Sounds like noises in tree, crescendo ambience, observing being. Humans come in, holding.

Reminded me of the Battle of the tree’s poem by Taliesin a Welsh poet from before roman occupation. Born 534AD Powys. His words have survived through word of mouth and then potentially his manuscript the book of Taliesin.

Pigment experimentation:
To begin with I tried grounding down a couple of different materials, two different colours of slate (one with an orange coating on outside). three different colours of seaweed and some shells.

The slate was definitely the most effective powder to make as I could get it really fine, the two different colour slates had almost no distinction though.

The seaweeds produced some really fascinating shades of green and brown, however they did take a long time to dry out (had to finish them off in oven) and were significantly bittier than stone.

Shell was incredibly had to ground down fine enough to make pigment, think i put too many shells in at once so might try again with a smaller quantity.

Taking forward from this is that stones are the most achievable pigments to create, will hunt for some river clay also as think this could be very effective. Am still going to try get the iron ore pigments from round the abandoned mines as these could be beautiful and similar to what Sabraw was exploring.

Initial experimentation with how to create a feeling of the sea without changing the soundwave from its specific heights. Think on layering?


16112020 : WORKSHOP 5

Someone suggested in class the potentional of using leaf chromatography as well as a method of extracting chlorophyll and using this as dye/ pigment if dried out??
Get any green leaf, soak in ethanol, crush up and then sieve out the leaves.

Ash tree research

For the most appalling quality of water is its strength. I love its flash and gleam, its music, its pliancy and grace, its slap against my body; but I fear its strength. I fear it as my ancestors must have feared the natural forces that they worshipped. All the mysteries are in its movement.

Nan shepard, the living mountain, published 1977, pg 27

This is the first render of the tidal patterns. Nothing has been altered except that its stretched out as otherwise would be less than 2 seconds. Am thinking of different ways of experimenting to get a more distinct sound of the tide coming in and out. Rhythm of this.


Grey green ice deep time rolling foam confined to shoreline 3 people swim no wetsuits. pattern skirted array stretched horizon weeping grey fragment. mostly sky grey gallivant, darkening slate wind caress tideline run renegade.

RHYMTH – natural cycles of life and our cut off from this
TIME – animation
Practice as ritual

Creation and destruction in constant balance,
Photos – getting worn off (thin film of memory ), new images being created

Owen Griffiths –  
Based in Wales, social practice artist, mainly focusing on site specific practice and allowing community to be involved in generating piece. Reclaiming and reframing spaces where art can be. 
Treherbert skyline –  

This project was a collaboration with the community, to reimagine the space. Instigated a ‘Festival of ideas’ that bought together the community where they could share a walk and conversation. Had speaker (Sakina sheik) that explored themes of stewardship, reclamation, resistance and revealing.  
Created maps honoring the locality, combining history of Treherbert with local biodiversity in aim to further future collaboration and reassessment of place and our role within. Further workshop were held at the local primary school, creating poems and writing grounded in place.  
This valley is our resource 

This place, this land, this future 

The soil, the rivers, the hills 

Imagine all we took was returned 

Mining the Imagination not the land 

Sustaining community identity  

Re-modelling community ownership 

Let the work of re-imagining begin! 


Changing the space of an area, creating outside workshops, opening different dialogues. Doing a live animation on the beach, creating an alternative participation. What does the sea feel like? To sit with it, to be.  Asking people this directly to leave on stones, to wash away.  
Although hard to physically incorporate people in this way at the moment I still think this principle of opening up alternative spaces through art can be explored and achieved (online, live streams). This creation of place.  

Practice for live animation
working drawing of live animation idea, rocks covered in iron ore (found at local mines) and charcol from beach fires. Grounded in locality.
Ask people how sea makes them feel in one word, write on bottom.
Ocean conveyer belt. The shape of this what drives the motion of currents in worlds oceans. To give this back to the sea.
Practice at how the different shape projection of the film works (the circles and squares) and how can relate this more distinctly to the rhythmic movement.

Refined idea for creative online event:

RHYTHM REEL: To feel the sea, tidal pattern video that is synced up to the tidal soundtrack. Using old developed film left in the sea to create a film made of sea marks.
For 15 minute summation of my practice so far I will show a video of the film and photos being created and destroyed by the sea edited so it fits in rhythmically with the sound recording of the condensed tides.
So far I have 2 weeks of tide sounds and its 10 minutes long.

To feel the sea. Live go pro recording , animation of rocks covered in iron ore (make these out of locally sourced iron from polluting mines) , write the words the sea makes people feel on the back. Have sea cover after putting them in different patterns – rhythmic. )Can then animate this after by frame grabbing)
How does the sea make you feel?

Ask different people, want to try show how the sea makes you feel, what its like to be with the sea. To have no focal point.

This plan draws together all the different elements of my practice that I have identified as key to the work

23112020: official proposal of ideas
Reflection : Think my presentation went well, managed to keep to exactly 15 minutes and maintain eye contact, despite the masks.

Role of curator in Winter show :
Initially concentrate on Group 2 then come together with 2 other curators and see how best work comes together.
Members of group 2 in show,
Notes from class:

Reflection: Will not work if it is wet (rained when initially tried it ) so need to create a backup version just in case!
Experimentation: Do from above!
Get footage using go pro also so can overlay them


sat beneath the sea
amongst tiny shells, if wells
backwards eyes that
gurgle giggle of immortality
the furious sponge
sea anemone that
coagulate minds
tumble swallow
sharks jagged rocks
postulate cold ankles
somewhere to walk
tidal resolve

Practicing editing different functions in the shape of the tidal pattern as layers to emphasis the pull and push
Tidal pull, creating using tide patterns.
Solarised experimentation version!!!

Need to try ‘live’ animation again as it is very weather dependant.

Want to make video smoother and more like the experience of being in the sea

Will also try projecting on sea for more experimentation, to bring the work back to the sea and in a public space.

Preview of using the Gopro to create an animation on beach. Using the Gopro meant i did not have to do it from above, we raised the tripod higher to get better angle.

had real trouble showing my work through zoom as the sound massively distorted. A classmates comment was that it made her feel like a panic attack. This was not what i was going for so i decided to add some affects to make it feel more like the sea (while retaining the same wave pattern).
lowered some of the volumes too as well as adding extra reverb to the master track to bring it together.
Played with the panning of the track too so it had a wider sound like the sea.

think this has worked really effectively and creates an experience more of floating in the waves which was what i was trying to achieve.

layers of tidal soundtrack

tried projecting on sea as further experimentation, the unedited film was too dark to be seen against the water. the solarised version worked a bit better but I still felt that it lost a lot of its clarity so wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped. the waves were still interesting underneath and it is something I may consider taking further next semester as it brings art into public space.

Experimented with tinting the film blue which gave a much stronger association with the sea. I then played the solorized version after as this was still blue and I felt retained this sea memory. Solorization made the footage really look like light reflecting off surface of water.

I decide to not include the photos that had been marked by the sea as I felt for the film to work as a whole it was stronger to just use the 35mm film pulled through an enlarger.

The second version (one below) is significantly stronger than ‘rhythm reel’ as I managed to focus the enlarger much better and run it through smoother.

I would like to put more film in the sea to get different patterns.

Also experiment with speeding up the rate the film moves through the enlarger.

I reversed the circle sections so it would further mimic this pull push of the tide coming in and out.

The tidal soundwaves and imagery syncing up is really strong and adds a good rhythm to the piece. The accompanying representation of the tide through a mimicked soundwave adds a conceptual dynamism to the piece.

Reflection on Revolving: process of stop motion animation with tidal waves soundtrack.

  • Good way of showing process using two perspectives of camera​
  • Animation is too slow and the waves go on for too long at end ​
  • Does give strong sense of being with sea and holding a space there.​
  • Liked the mix of waves and tidal soundtrack as continued this sense of rhythm from previous video. 

Reflection on winter show

  • Amazing to come together and see others work. ​
  • Supportive, creative use of space. ​
  • Curating was interesting to conceptualize how a 7 hour show would run, would like to think even further on how things could work dynamically together in future. ​
  • Didn’t realise would be small box in corner when I was presenting, am still happy to have held live space though. ​
  • Use of phone data is consideration for future as creates precarious connection ​
  • Thought 35mm video worked well and created strong feel of the sea, rhythm and no focal point.​
  • Worried about lag for others viewing but mine might’ve been slower as viewing from beach ​
  • Glad I pre recorded animation. Was bit too long but important to show process and glad I held longer space with sea. ​

Commingled containers: Echoes from the bay
San Francisco Cinematheque

Amazing free exhibition consisting of two programs of experimental films. Guest curated is fantastic mix of work. Only on till 10th January!!

Commingled Containers: Echoes from the Bay | San Francisco Cinematheque (

Sped up version of just the animation without the process


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