The Weight of Ants in the World (work in progress since May 2018)
The Weight of Ants in the World is a multidisciplinary project which focuses on a small pocket of ancient woodland in the centre of an industrial estate in Gateshead, North East England.
The work sets out to consider the woodland as a witness to industrialisation through an intense engagement with the site as a way of reflecting on our interactions with nature in a time of climate emergency and species loss.
Over the last eighteen months I have intensely documented the site working with photography, video and sound in addition to researching its natural history working with the archivist from the Natural History Society of Northumbria. I have also been visiting the site with environmental specialists, artists and academics as a way of understanding its richness and diversity. A Series of exhibitions and events are being planned for 2020.
In September 2019 I presented a range of material from the work in progress at Incidental Assembly an event exploring the legacy of Artists Placement Group. More info here
Dawn Chorus recorded in collaboration with Tyneside Sounds Society and a related interview broadcast on Resonance Extra Sept 2019 available here
Forthcoming video extract and panel discussion Side Cinema (Newcastle Feb 2020) More information here
In addition to this creative work I am also working with ecologists to identify more of the wildlife on site and secure more protection for the woodland. As a result of the project the site has been surveyed and designated as a Local Wildlife Site and material related to the project has been added to the archives of the Natural History Society. In November 2019, the woodland was protected with a Tree Preservation Order which has now become permanent.