January 22nd and 23rd 2014
Installation/Piccolo/Video: Sabine Vogel
Before the last Symposium, Landscape Quartet had a short 3 days residency at "Allenheads Contemporary Arts".
Allenheads is a small village in Northumberland, that used to be a lead mining area.
From the Allenheads Contemporary Arts Centre, where we stayed with Landscape Quartet in January 2014, you could see a cairnon the top of a nearby hill that is used as a navigation point. Cairns you can see all over the world as naviagation points in the mountains, but many are formed by mountaineers bringing a stone with them up the mountain and putting it on a pile when they reach the peak. In ancient times people built cairns in which they buried their dead.
I saw this cairn from down hill and just knew this will be spot where I'm going to work!
While walking uphill, watching the sheep, I found a lot of fluorspar in all kind of colors and thought about the exploitation of the earth through mining and also about the exploitation of people and animals, that had died in the mines.
Up there at the cairn, a beautiful view, the wind was ice cold. I put up the bansuris (Indian wooden flutes), which were played by the wind. Down in the village they had just cut down some wood and made a huge fire, the smoke came up hill and the whole area was filled with an amazing smell.
I played along with the bansuris and I played with the wind, with the cold and the landscape.