Summer Visitors

Corncrake holding up the sky, Scott Rogers 2024.

Summer Visitors takes place across Skye and Canada, with Hebridean, Scottish and international artists, writers, scientists, musicians and folklorists. Drawing inspiration from an enigmatic bird, the Corncrake, the project engages cultural, ecological, and political entanglements across culture, nature and tourism. Summer Visitors will involve the organisation of a community centred social event (Corncrake Ceilidh), the distribution of a sculptural multiple (Traonach Decoy), and the publication of a book that unfolds from the question, What does it mean to be a (good) visitor?”

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Creative Scotland and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

About the Corncrake

Corncrakes are a migratory ground-dwelling species that are more often heard than seen. The birds are strongly associated with their rasping ‘crex crex’ call, which emanates from the fields and meadows that they inhabit during the breeding season. After breeding the birds make an incredible journey, flying from the northern hemisphere to sub-Saharan Africa to enjoy a second summer. A bird intimately connected to agriculture, corncrakes have been decimated by the rapid industrialization of farming practices in Europe. In Scotland there are as few as 900 breeding pairs, almost all found in areas where low intensity farming practices thrive. For the corncrake to survive, particular human life ways must also be supported—a kind of negotiated mutualism in practice. This relationship stands in contrast to dominant narratives of environmental conservation where humans are excluded from landscapes to preserve wildlife habitats—here humans and agriculture are integral to the renewal of biodiversity and the corncrake.

About Yasmin Nurming-Por and Scott Rogers

Yasmin Nurming-Por and Scott Rogers are interested in the intersections between ecology, art in public space and tourism. Their collaborative research in Skye has focused specifically on the connections between traditional agriculture and wildlife conservation, through the example of the corncrake.

Yasmin Nurming-Por is a curator and writer living in Tkaronto/Toronto (Canada). Her projects engage with questions of empire and the ownership of culture, public space and different forms of material production. She is co-founder of gallery two seven two and is PhD student in the department of Art History at the University of Toronto. Recent and upcoming projects include: the Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (USA), Sagrada Mercancia (Chile), Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art (China), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada).

Scott Rogers is an artist and birder whose work explores the paradoxical relationships between humans, other living beings and land. He predominantly works with sculpture and expanded forms of publishing. Recently, Scott has developed projects with Pink Snow (Berlin, DE), Koraï Project Space (Nicosia, CY), Nuit Blanche Toronto (CA) and Kunstverein München (DE).