Arts and Culture Fellow - Bram Thomas Arnoldfellowship
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, informed by his undergraduate studies in Ecology, Gaia Theory and Fine Art, and his MA in Arts & Ecology from Dartington College of Arts.
His practice 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. Walking Home saw Bram draw a line on a map from London to Switzerland, an 800km long transect from the house he lived in back to the place he was born. The line was first drawn, then walked, written, performed and talked into being through a practice-based PhD that appropriated methods from ethnography, ecology, performance and writing.
For A Transect for Trelowarren he is once again looking forward to stepping out onto a line, drawn from the Environment and Sustainability Institute to the Trelowarren estate. He will 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 team is working with the Trelowarren estate to gather data that will inform a process of ‘wilding’ on parts of the estate. Bram’s transect 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.
“The fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to amalgamate, reconvene and gather together disparate fragments of a project I have been working my way around since I was 19, the attempt to cohere a form of arts practice that is eco-logical, and a form of eco-logical practice that is creatively and holistically driven.”
Bram Thomas Arnold
“My hope is that the fellowship will generate opportunities for cross-fertilization of academic and arts methodologies, as we develop parallel practices around ‘transecting’ in a unique landscape. The project extends the work we’ve been doing the ESI Creative Exchange Programme for the past several years, and suggests exciting new directions for transdisciplinary exploration.”
Photograph: 'Expedition': image copyright CaitlinDesilvey