Imagining Natural Scotland Project for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, presented at the INS Conference at the University of St Andrews on 27th August 2013.
Applicant Organisation: Mark Lyken http://www.lykenlove.com
Project Description: A collaboration between electronic composer Mark Lyken, filmmaker Emma Dove and Aberdeen University Ecologists. Exploring Scotland’s ecological consciousness through a deconstruction of natural history filmmaking.
Prof. Paul Thompson and his team of Ecologists have worked in the Moray Firth for over 20 years, studying how natural and man-made environmental changes influence marine mammal and seabird behaviour. The region supports a diverse range of human activities, from heavy industry to tourism, that interact with these internationally important marine wildlife populations. Cultural representation of the natural world is therefore of particular interest to the Field Station, especially when considering how public perception and awareness influences the success of marine conservation programmes.
Over the next 3 months, Emma and Mark will be exploring the sounds and narratives engrained within the area that the Field Station is based, through audio and video recording, and conversations with individuals who have lived and worked in the environments being studied by scientists at the Field Station.
The wider context of the project is to explore and respond to the audio-visual conventions of Natural History Filmmaking. This is not as a criticism to the form, but rather to better understand existing methods of representation and explore alternatives that may provide a different audio-visual experience.