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Fieldworking by Laura Harrington: Film Screening

Tue 27th September 2022 Doors 7.00pm, Film Starts 7.30pm

Join artist Laura Harrington in a screening of the film Fieldworking at Star and Shadow Cinema exploring ways of living, working and learning from a remote wilderness.

*Please note location is The Star and Shadow Cinema

Tuesday 27 September 

Doors 7.00pm, film starts promptly at 7.30pm in the Star and Shadow Cinema

Tickets: £7/£5

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Fieldworking (2020)

16mm transferred to video, colour, 5:1 sound, 29’19

Laura Harrington with Chris Bate, Ludwig Berger, Sarah Bouttell, Luce Choules, Simone Kenyon, Fiona MacDonald, Lee Patterson, Meredith Root-Bernstein and Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve

Fieldworking is a co-commission by Tyneside Cinema (Projections) and MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additional support from Natural England, Northumbria University and The Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Programmed as part of the exhibition Habit, Ability!, The NewBridge Project, Fieldworking is a short film made during a five-day residency camp in the uplands of Moor House Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve during August 2019.

Fieldworking is a film shot during a five-day camp in the uplands and blanket bog ecosystem of Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve during August 2019. Six artists, an ecologist and two filmmakers were brought together at a former scientific field station to cultivate multifarious practices of artistic fieldwork. Together they found ways of existing, inhabiting and working within the context of this remote location.

The film will also be accompanied by Layerscape (peat bogs), 2012 a 16mm film made in 2012 by the artist Laura Harrington and a short made in Shieldfield the day before this event by Harrington and a workshop group, applying the ‘boggy knowledge’ of upstream and downstream consciousness to our urban surroundings.

The event will include an in-conversation between curator Adam Pugh and Laura Harrington. Habit, Ability! learns from nature, looking at landscapes considered uninhabitable by humans, looking at the survival tactics of life there and applying this thinking to our urban and human-dominated local area.

About Habit, Ability!

This event is part of the exhibition Habit, Ability!

How might we continue to inhabit a damaged planet?

How can we learn collectively from nature’s methods of survival and transformation?

Habit, Ability! is an exhibition with events exploring ways to learn from and ‘be in’ nature. Come to The Newbridge Project, Shieldfield, Newcastle to see survival strategies found in landscapes that are considered uninhabitable by humans.

Seeing survival in these places through long and continuous engagement is a strategy against the common attitude to conquer and extract from nature.

Habit, Ability! begins by looking at Intertidal mud flats, peat bogs, the arctic circle, and the ocean. For humans, encountering these landscapes is challenging. Some of these places are protected by legislation – prohibiting or limiting human access for their preservation, or they are protected areas of scientific study.

The exhibition then turns to look at NewBridge and its new home in Shieldfield, Newcastle, having moved in 2021. Works in the exhibition assess NewBridge and its the environmental impact of the organisation on its surrounding spaces and at large.


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