Woodland

Audio work, (21:30 mins) - from the 'Afterlife' series

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French & Mottershead, Woodland, Leigh Woods, Bristol. Photo: Paul Blakemore

Woodland is a poetic and visceral work that describes your body’s fade into the leaf litter of the forest floor. This work connects you deeply to your body, and considers the biological and chemical processes that continue long after you are conscious, as you are slowly and gently subsumed by the earth over thousands of years. Woodland is a love poem to the forest, as bodies merge with the molecular environments that support life.

You listen to the work via app on a smartphone and headphones, whilst lying on the ground within designated woodland areas.

Upcoming dates:
Listen to Woodland in the Wye Valley, Wales from 26th-29th May, with discussion.

Work-in-progress showings have included: New Performance Festival, Turku, Finland; Mayfest, Situations/MAYK, Bristol, UK; Alt_Cph 14 and Hitparaden, International Festival of Performance Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; SIGNAL, Festival of Urban Intervention, Brussels, Belgium.

‘Woodland leads you through the wondrous stages of transformation that follow your final breath. The breakdown of your body is the beginning of a cycle of life and prosperity that lasts years and even decades. In the end, only rocks remain.’ – participant feedback

‘I was aware of my thoughts and visions and the way the audio narrative worked with the woodland. I felt alone and calm.’ – participant feedback

‘The first part, the maggots, feels like a violation of the self, even though you are no longer there. But then the process seems so lyrical and perfect.’ – participant feedback

‘To follow the voice and the transformation of the decaying body to my own body is quite disturbing. What amazed me was that the meditative instruction proved to be seductive even after death.’ – participant feedback

‘For archaeologists, death is a happy thing. It’s the beginning of something new. You know, it made me think about when science has made us know so much more about dying and decay and how much it gives to nature… I enjoyed dying very much, there. It was so relaxing, I felt that the earth was pulling me in.’ – participant feedback

 

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