Diary Keepers was conceived by environmental artist Anne-Marie Culhane for the Tamar Valley AONB Cordiale project, which includes strands on ‘planning for the future’. Ruth Ben-Tovim, Encounters Creative Director was invited to collaborate on the creation of the Diary Keepers performance installation.
Diary Keepers was a creative community project devised to look to the future of the Tamar Valley in Devon and Cornwall by encouraging reflection on the way people live now, inspired by valley resident Joseph Snell’s diaries, 1914-1938. For the month of June 2012, people across the Tamar Valley were encouraged to write a daily diary about their own day to day lives, current affairs, the weather and anything else that felt important to them, in hand-made diaries given to them or through twitter or email. 90 people of all ages kept a diary.
Words From The Edge is a film about the unprecedented transition that we are undergoing from a culture of industrial growth and inequality to what must inevitably be more localised, sustainable, living economies.
Bringing the issues of peak oil, climate instability and economic crisis into the lives of four ‘ordinary’ people, we hear about their hopes and fears, and the steps they are taking to face the challenges ahead.
Their stories are interwoven with interviews with leaders, activists and educators in the fields of resilience-building, permaculture and the Transition Towns movement.
A Little Patch of Ground is Encounters inter-generational food growing and performance project that culminates in a permaculture inspired vegetable garden & a multi-media performance about relationships with the natural world.
In 2011 Encounters ran a twinned urban/rural Little Patch of Ground in Dartington, South Devon and the East End of London.