What can we learn about love from lichen?

June 2021

Guided Walks and Hosted Occasion: A Project by Isabel Lewis, Commissioned by Art Night and ATLAS Arts as part of #ArtNight2021

Various times and locations across Skye

In What can we learn about love from lichen?” Isabel Lewis builds on research and conversations with locally based collaborators, to choreograph a series of guided walks across Skye – at Achnacloich, Scorrybreac, and Coille Ìosal, Braes. Led by the local agents – a wild forager, a composer, and a lichen expert, the walks weave a circuitous narrative about interspecies bonds and the potential for ecological attunement, brought together in a hosted occasion at Braes Hall on Saturday 19th June.

With sound, song, touch and taste What can we learn about love from lichen?” tunes into more sensuous forms of knowing the landscape and the society between species – through taste, smell, song, sound – and thinking with lichen.

You are invited to join some or all of the three walks. You will receive a specially created book of scores designed by Isabel and the walk leaders that include reflections, conversations between the collaborators, and instructions for tasting, singing and communing with the landscape. You will also be invited to join one of the final hosted performance occasions at Braes Village Hall on Saturday 19th June.

Isabel Lewis’ work often centres around music, choreography, food, and the building of focused gatherings, occasions and spaces where the knowledge held in our bodies can become more apparent to us. Across all of her work is an interest in interrogating Modern ways of knowing, categorising and being social. Her work invites us to re-approach the sensuous knowledge of the world’s inhabitants in contemporary ways, to recalibrate how we relate and assign difference.

The guided walks and hosted occasions invite us to Learn with Lichen’ and their interdependent, symbiotic, plural forms of existence. To take part, you are invited to join one of the three different walks (listed below) and to book a time slot for one of Saturday’s Occasions. You will join the three walk guides and the ATLAS team to weave together the knowledge, stories and attunements from the prior days walks in a final gathering of sounds, tastes, singing and discussion.

Produced in collaboration with local agents Lucy Cooke, Richy Carey and Nick Hodgetts

Please note, spaces are very limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. ATLAS and Art Night will be following all current Scottish Government COVID guidance for outdoor events and walking groups.

Isabel Lewis’ 2021 Art Night project is curated by Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of Art Night as a co-commission with ATLAS Arts, with support from Goethe-Institut. What can we learn about love from lichen? was produced in collaboration with local agents Lucy Cooke, Richy Carey, Nick Hodgetts and Producer Shona Cameron. Made with the support of Callie’s, Berlin.

Art Night’s full programme announcement can be viewed on their website.