Encampment of Eternal Hope by Walker & Bromwich
Possible Dialogues, Day 4: Artist, Marc Rees will present two film works, CROMEN and the film I S O S T A S Y
For Possible Dialogues at COP26 / Encampment of Eternal Hope at The Briggait, Interdisciplinary artist Marc Rees will talk about his project CROMEN’s gestation during COVID and how he worked in collaboration with Tasmanian indigenous artist/activist Dave mangenner Gough. He will explain its transition into CRO | PAN, a broader collaboration with the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation in Kolkata, India as part of British Council / Wales Arts International Connections Through Culture initiative.
CRO | PAN is a conversation between artists in two temporary structures to reflect and comment upon our hybrid times and imagined futures: CROMEN in Wales and PANDAL in India.
Coupling CROMEN will be his recent short film I S O S T A S Y made in collaboration with film-maker Simon Clode that poetically illustrates the fact that Antarctica is at a perilous tipping point as a result of climate change, the film questions and challenges the detrimental impact of our human actions on the environment.
Rees will also lead a participatory performative action based on the Welsh notion of Y Filltir Sgwâr / The Square Mile and the creation of cognitive maps based around familiar territory – or in an imagined setting like the Amazon – and projected 50 years later as a predicted journey, thus forming an emotional connection to the future.
The Possible Dialogues Journey:
Diálogos Posibles/Possible Dialogues is an initiative to connect social and environmental leaders, activists, artists and academics who have common interests relating to climate change and justice, but have not had the opportunity to interact.
It was sparked at the end of 2019 by a conversation between Hector Fabio Yucuna Perea, Youth Coordinator of the Organisation of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC) and members of Más Arte Más Acción. They questioned how indigenous peoples’ struggles could be shared in the climate debate and properly considered in climate negotiations that impact on their territories. Opening out these questions with artists and institutions in Scotland with an interest in environmental justice, Possible Dialogues emerged and in 2020 the coalition met online to build relationships, share knowledge and test ideas. It is now a multi-layered creative project that brings together partners from Scotland and Colombia in the lead up to COP26, the global leaders’ climate conference in Glasgow.
About The Encampment of Eternal Hope:
Climate House presents The Encampment of Eternal Hope by Walker & Bromwich – coming to The Briggait, Glasgow, for the international climate summit, COP26, 31st October – 10th November. The Encampment is an immersive environment, forming a central hub for creative fringe activities throughout COP26. Amplifying Indigenous voices through workshops and events that bring together artists, academics and activists from Scotland, Colombia and across the world. You are warmly invited to come and engage in meaningful dialogue about the effects of the climate crisis within a playful, dystopian woodland encampment of giant inflatable sculptures.
The Encampment of Eternal Hope is open daily from Sunday 31st October – Wednesday 10th November, 10.30 am – 5.30 pm
Artists’ / Contributors Bios:
Marc Rees is a Wales-based, internationally renowned interdisciplinary artist whose practise focuses on site-specific and community-responsive work. His projects dig deep into multi-layered histories of locations to expose unusual details. He then in collaboration with artists and community participants takes the materials – the facts, anecdotes, artefacts, stories, images and characters to create composite portraits of those places that audiences encounter in an immersive experience – composed of installation, film, sound, archive, permaculture, protest and performance.
Supported by Wales Arts International
Walker & Bromwic
Glasgow based collaborative duo Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich are known for their large- scale iconic sculptural works, participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. At the core of their practice is the exploration of the role art can play as an active agent in society, evolving environments and situations within which people can begin to re-examine the world around them.
Project supported by:
Climate House, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and SEFARI Gateway