crawling over your window you think I’m confused
‘Fly Gin’ - Paul Conneally 2011
FRUIT ROUTES - Barefoot Blindfold
Anne-Marie Culhane & Paul Conneally
MAY 18th 5am - 8am Loughborough University
Conneally says of the Daybreak event Barefoot Blindfold (at Artists Talking):
“I see this as another strand of my ongoing Memory Foam series in that within the immersive experience we hope to create, emotions, memories and stories will arise from the sounds and silences weaved through the piece.
‘Barefoof Blindfold’ is part of Anne-Marie’s ongoing work FRUIT ROUTES for at Loughborough University a work that I’ve been happy to be a part of over the last six months or so.
Barefoot Blindfold will take place on Friday the 18th of May in and amongst the fruit trees planted in and across the Loughborough University campus during Fruit Routes. It’s a daybreak exxperience starting at 5am in the morning - dawn.
Exact happenings are not yet finalised but meeting at the Pilkington Library participants (it could be you!) are ‘slow walked’ to a Fruit Route orchard area. Here each person chooses and sits with their back against a tree and is blindolded for 30 minutes. It will be dawn and the blindfolding aims to focus our senses on sounds and sensations other than visual. It will we hope be a new way to experience the birdsong of the dawn chorus for instance but all other sounds too.
We thought of how one might ‘draw’ the sound sounds, sensations and emotions in real time while blindfold. The impermanence of dawn, of birdsong, saw us seeking for parallel ways of ‘drawing’ them as we sit blinfold and barefoot backs against our trees. We think we have it now - to draw in air - to move our hands and arms in response to the sounds and the emotions, memories, srories that arise in us. Let the sounds of dawn choreograph the movement.
I can see it in my mind’s eye now a grove of fruit trees each tree with a barefoot blinfold person sat against it, listening and moving their arms arms and hands to the sound of dawn and all it brings.
The second half-hour will be a shift - this time involving the blocking out of sound perhaps - from blind to deaf somehow.
After we have breakfast and share our stories, emotions through the mediation of feedback on the birdsong heard and birds on the campus in general from an RSPB expert on birds.
Any and all of the above is subject to change”.
Inside the Landscaping and Gardening (our) Society shed at Loughborough University during Fruit Routes.
Fruit Routes - Some Thoughts
Participants in the Fruit Routes tree planting weekend across Loughborough University campus share some of their thoughts about Fruit Routes. The film was shot entirely on iPhone by Paul Conneally..
Fruit Routes is an artist led initiative that started in 2011 to develop the university grounds as an edible landscape anchored around fruit tree planting, increasing the foraging opportunities on campus and sharing knowledge with the university and wider community through events, participation and mapping. Fruit Routes aims to create a legacy of several hundred fruit trees on site which will bear fruit for years to come for people to harvest, share and enjoy.
Fruit Routes was conceived by Anne-Marie Culhane and is supported by the Sustainability Team at Loughborough University and is in partnership with the Landscaping Our Society Group.
Fruit Routes Artists Include: Miriam Keye, Paul Conneally, Jo Salter, David Blayze, Ways of the Wyrd Border Morris, Bob Levene, Stephen Watts, Gillian Whiteley
Fruit Routes sends out a big thanks to: the Landscaping Our Society (now called The Landscaping and Gardening Society) team, the tireless LU staff Karen, Mark and Amy and student volunteer Laura Senior.
Fruit Routes - Cutting Pears
Part of artist Anne-Marie Culhane’s Fruit Route work for Loughborough University.
EAT YOUR CAMPUS
Landscaping Our Society Shed
Paul Conneally 2011
Loughborough Students Landscaping Our Society Shed during Fruit Routes (Autumn 2011).
Fruit Routes is a piece conceived and led by artist Anne-Marie Culhane for Loughborough University Sustainability.
Other artists working with on Fruit Routes with Anne-Marie Culhane include Bob Levene, Gillian Whitely, Miriam Keye, Jo Salter and Paul Conneally.
Offer Me To A Friend
Apple foraged from Loughborough University Campus labelled by Miriam Keye and placed by top car park exit, Loughborough University by Paul Conneally as part of artist Anne-Marie Culhane’s FRUIT ROUTES.
FRUIT ROUTES is commissioned by Loughborough University Sustainabilty Team and based in the Landscaping Our Society Shed