Film Project: Space of Doglessness

IMG_20171026_182243Whilst I await funding outcomes on phase two of my Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness project; I’m planning to create a short film that explores a particular aspect that came up numerous times in the course of phase one. That is, the spaces in and around being in the company of a dog.

The short film will aim to be a form of ‘docupoem’ with a mixture of poetics, images and recorded to camera public responses.
I’m interested in the idea of different aspects of the human relationship with dogs in terms of spaces and places, and what this means for human relations (especially across genders in use of spaces).

I am keen to hear what men and women think about the following:

Men specific questions are:

Have you ever thought twice about going to a public space such as a beach or park on your own because you were concerned that there was no obvious purpose/or felt that others have viewed you with suspicion?

If you are a dog owner does having a dog change how you feel/or feel you are perceived in your use of public spaces?

If you are a dog owner/have considered becoming one, how much and in what ways is choice of breed and naming of the dog impacted upon by public perceptions, especially re ideas of masculinity?

Is ownership of dog a safety issue for you at all (ie added protection)?

If you are out walking and come across a lone woman does having a dog with you, or not, change how you feel about this shared passing through a place?

Have you ever deliberately used dog ownership as a means of flirting with/attempting to seduce women?

Questions for both men and women:

Do you feel that ownership of dogs gives permission to be in certain places?

Can you say how dog ownership has changed your engagement with your local environment/people?

Are there places of no access because of your dog – how do you feel about this?

Have you felt judged because of your dog ownership?

What do you think about the idea of dogs as social signifiers?

All responses will be received with respect for confidentiality and anonymity given where desired.

Should you want to record your response as audio or be filmed (where logistically possible) then please say.

Responses can be emailed to spaceofdoglessness@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for all your input and help! If you need more information before responding then feel free to email me to ask.

Cheers,

Clare

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Lone Women In Flashes of Wilderness

I am delighted to be creating a 30 minute piece, Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness to be performed in Scotland’s darkest place as part of Sanctuary Lab over  the 24 hours from noon 23rd – noon 24th September . The piece will be performed in 3 parts, reflecting changes in shelter, light and temporality and will then be transmitted as a whole in the dark of the forest night.

I will be exploring ideas of what it is to be a woman in the wilderness, in varying degrees of darkness/shelter/observation and aim to create a piece that reflects and incorporates a wide range of womens’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences of how we are in darkness, alone, in the wilderness.

I want to hear your experiences, your fears, your joys, the things that you do to make being anything that you consider to be a lone woman in the wilderness possible.

What do you think of when you think of being wild and free? What is your own personal definition of wilderness, and do you go there?

Do you go running in  the park before work, wander through woods, go hill-walking, do you walk home from the station alone at night, get lost in unknown cities, camp out by a river, swim in the sea, cycle through country lanes, walk the dog on a deserted beach. What do/would you think and feel before and after any of these activities?

What would you like to do but hold back from? What would you like to do but aren’t able to? Tell me how you would feel to be alone in the woods in the dark. Tell me how you make moving in darkness work for you. Do you carry an alarm, a weapon or not give the darkness a second thought. Tell me about the flashes of great you get from being a lone woman in the wilderness or even how you think it would feel.

Where are your wild places alone? Solely in your imagination? On the internet? When you move through a city?

Does technology help or hinder you? Do you feel safer with a mobile phone but worry about no connection? In Scotland in winter we have few daylight hours how do you (wherever you are) stay connected to outside/to nature? Have you ever judged or been judged as women in the dark or in the daylight alone?

How would you map out the flashes of wilderness in your life?

The aim of the piece is to explore the complexities of being a woman in the 21st century and how society, fear and the balance of light and darkness may or may not impact upon our freedom to move through the world with flashes of wilderness.

Your input is essential in creating an informed work of depth and meaning. Any thoughts no matter how small or detailed can be emailed before 31st August, 2017 to: loneflashesofwomen@gmail.com 

All information given will be treated as confidential and no words will be used verbatim. The aim of this call out is to get as broad a range of input on how people think and feel not to incorporate the words.

Thanks in advance for engaging with the project and please do come and hear the result,

Clare

Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness – Part Two

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Lone Women In Flashes of WildernessFollowing on from the creation of my piece for Sanctuary Lab I’m working towards delivering a second phase of the project ( as well as a side project Space of Doglessness).

I received a huge amount of amazing responses from all over the world and used these to inform the piece in terms of thoughts and feelings that I read in three stages of aloneness,  darkness and wilderness at the Galloway Forest Dark Skies event curated by Sanctuary Lab and the Dark Outside.

I’ll be including the piece in The Absolution of Shyness which is my narrative non fiction work exploring loss, choice and the framing of women’s words via a sequence of linked abstractions.

I want to create a vehicle in which the initial respondents actual words can be used ( my piece doesn’t include them) and on a wider level further explore and progress the aims of the…

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Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness – Part Two

Lone Women In Flashes of WildernessFollowing on from the creation of my piece for Sanctuary Lab I’m working towards delivering a second phase of the project ( as well as a side project Space of Doglessness).

I received a huge amount of amazing responses from all over the world and used these to inform the piece in terms of thoughts and feelings that I read in three stages of aloneness,  darkness and wilderness at the Galloway Forest Dark Skies event curated by Sanctuary Lab and the Dark Outside.

I’ll be including the piece in The Absolution of Shyness which is my narrative non fiction work exploring loss, choice and the framing of women’s words via a sequence of linked abstractions.

I also plan to read it in it’s entirety remotely from a forest, alone in darkness, via portable transmitter as a stand alone event .

I want to create a vehicle in which the initial respondents actual words can be used ( my piece doesn’t include them) and on a wider level further explore and progress the aims of the Lone Women project.

These aims are:

  • To provide opportunities for women to engage with ideas of aloneness,  darkness & wilderness as a means of untelling stories of place and effecting change in how we move through our world.
  • To promote women’s wider engagement with place real and imagined.
  • To raise awareness of women led stories of place.
  • To provide opportunities for women to build skills and confidence with all of the above.

In order to do this a funding proposal is being developed to:

  • Deliver a skills training/confidence building workshop on being alone outdoors and/or in darkness
  • A workshop that offers an opportunity to engage with the main ideas and articulate these via different art forms including writing and photography
  • A literary event that is accessible and non intimidating to women who perhaps do not generally access these spaces.  This event will highlight the work of women writers who have touched on the themes.  So far Helen McClory,  Flesh of the Peach and Abi Andrews,  The Word for Woman is Wilderness are confirmed
  • A publishing opportunity that is a wide call-out for writing and art on the themes
  • A mass outdoors bivvy bag event to build confidence and progress engagement and ideas

In addition to this:

A Twitter account where thoughts,  ideas,  experiences, research and art on the themes can be shared

Development of a website

How you can contribute:

The project is an open and collaborative one in spirit, if you would like to respond to any of the themes and would like your work to be one of the many Flashes that I hope will evolve as part of it then please do get in touch.

Likewise if you have ideas, expertise or skills you can offer then the project is very open to evolving and growing according to input.

You can:

  • Follow the project on Twitter and @ us with any links to research/your work/photographs/writing/art/events representing your interpretation of the themes
  • Start a discussion with your friends/colleagues/word of mouth networks and feed it back
  • Create work that adds to the discussion – once we have a website we can host it. Make a film or piece of music that gives voice to your telling of place, write a poem or a play, choreograph a dance; whatever you think works best.
  • Collaborate across disciplines to build networks of practice that produce work exploring the themes
  • Consider your own thoughts and experiences on aloneness, darkness and wilderness and think about anything that you would like to do but don’t or that you would no longer do.
  • Share your thoughts in your networks/via the Twitter account to stimulate debate/inspire interest and confidence.
  • Start small and ask a friend if they would like to make a small step with you – a night-walk in the city, a sleep-out on the beach, whatever works for you.
  • Arrange a local event to discuss the themes and make plans.
  • Suggest ideas/directions for the project
  • Offer your skills, time and expertise!

The possible interpretations and range of responses are vast – it’s our world too in aloneness,  darkness and wilderness and as women I’d like us to contemplate, create and develop our individual and shared narrative and understanding of that.

Contact:

loneflashesofwomen@gmail.com

or

Twitter:  Lone Women@wildernessflash

Looking forward to your input,

Feel free to get in touch with any questions,

Thanks,

Clare

You can see the original call-out including question prompts here:

https://wordpress.com/post/clarearchibald.wordpress.com/322

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry translation as collaboration -Poettrio Experiment

It was a really interesting experience to write my first piece thought out in two languages (although only containing a smattering of Spanish).  Working collaboratively on poetry in translation was a really insightful, thought provoking and inspiring process. The resulting piece can be found here:

https://poettrioexperiment.com/category/translation-as-collaboration/clare-archibald-x-delaina-haslam-x-line-toftso/