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Field notes: earth processes

During the month of September 2019, Bailey Eng and I lived and worked as artists in residence at the Centre d’Art Contemporani i Sostenibilitat (CACIS) El Forn de la Calç, near Manresa, in Catalonia, Spain. We explored the fundamental roots of our movement practices and our artistic voices in conversation with the landscape and one another.

We began with what was there; the physical movements in the environment at CACiS, including the inhaling clouds, quivering blades of grass, swarms of gnats, or the occasional romping dog pulled us in. They often dictated how we moved, what we reached for, where we let our attention bounce, float or sit. We also reflected throughout our month there on each of our different childhood landscapes and our movement in cityscapes like Montreal. The parallels and differences between here and there and each other fed endless questions that we translated into drawings, notes, photographs and videos. This is one such translation: a collection of excerpts from our filmed field notes.

Special thanks to Bailey for her way of welcoming all that we do not understand, to the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for their generous support, and to Joan, Roser and Irene at CACiS who have created an exceptional place.

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