Dinner and artist talk: Lauren Gault

27 March 2023, 19:00

ATLAS Office , Portree, IV51 9BZ


Free to attend

Solar panel and custom made audio device onsite in Lower Ollach, Skye 2022. The solar panel was made with the Solar Energy Applications Group, Trinity College Dublin and custom controller made with Jen Sykes for the exhibition Galalith’, by Lauren Gault guest curated by Katherine Murphy at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin 2022.
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Over the coming year, Lauren Gault is working with us on a project that continues her interest in the voice’ in landscape, and what evolving relationships with canines tell us about how landscapes are understood today.

Lauren’s work is often rooted in the ecologies, materials and stories that surround agricultural practices, exploring the different ways humans encounter places and environments, and where agriculture moves beyond the rural space.

Amongst many things, Lauren will be exploring different ways of imaging and listening to what is underfoot, learning with people involved in archaeology, palaeontology, folklore, language, storytelling and object making. This includes with palaeontologist Dr Elsa Panciroli to explore X ray, CT scanning and 3D printing technology (which enables access to fossils non-invasively i.e. without having to excavate from their source rock), and the work of Classicist Dr Katharine Earnshaw – who specialises in expanded readings and interpretations of Classic texts to look at present and future landscape decisions and agricultural ethics – discussing Classic texts, folklore stories of voiced’ animals, alongside contemporary voices from the Highlands and Islands.

Lauren is also interested in relationships with dogs and the landscape, canines with voices, and what increased incidences of sheep worrying tell us about culture, as well as ghostly presences of dogs in archival images of Skye.

This project has grown from Lauren’s 2022 residency with ATLAS and Tuath. Tuath is a long term cultural collaboration exploring relationships between place, land, arts, culture and education, and is based on 11 Fàsach, in Glendale, in Skye, in the Gàidhealtachd. Lauren will be opening conversations about memory and encounters with place, including 11 Fàsach, thinking about the question: If the land could speak to you and you were listening to try and understand it, what would you say back?” More about Tuath here @tuath_land (opens in a new page).

Food from 7pm and artist talk from 7.30pm.

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