A discussion event on Saturday 30 August encouraged further inquiry into the nature of site-responsive practice. Artists, invited contributors Beth Savage and Annie Crabtree alongside visitors joined this Conversation Over Coffee navigating the potentials and complexities of site-responsive artistic/curatorial practice and how it can be seen to work in this way today.
The conversation was conducted by Beth Savage (on-site) with pre-recorded video contributions from Annie Crabtree (off-site).
Beth Savage is an artist working with notions of wilderness. Her work draws heavily on research into conservation and rewilding initiatives in Scotland and across the UK. She investigates human/wildlife conflicts and how our relationships with landscape and the creatures we share it with can help or hinder the ecology of our habitats. Savage’s work is often site and/or situation specific and encourages participation and collaboration with those around her. She is soon to begin an MA in Fine Art at York St John University alongside a 2 year residency at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham. Previously Savage has focussed her work around human/animal relationships in Dundee including her Urban Animal: Pets and Pests project and a year as Artist in Residence at Camperdown Wildlife Centre under the project title Becoming Animal. More recently, Savage took part in a two week residency in the Czech Republic as part of The Wild Project, this group of 15 artists continue to exhibit collectively.
More info: bethsavage.wordpress.com
Annie Crabtree is a practicing artist and producer based in Glasgow. Her practice incorporates cartography, photography, video, and sound to examine the subjective nature of place. Crabtree examines places with contested borders, romanticised histories, and landscapes imprinted on our collective cultural memory, suggesting that place is far from concrete. Her practice allows her to become participant in the act of perceiving place by attempting to deconstruct and critique the formation of it. Crabtree is also co-producer and facilitator of Picture Window, an on-going public art project based in Glasgow. See: www.picturewindow.org.uk
More info: www.anniecrabtree.com