One of the most exciting events of the summer season, Wilderness Festival is a celebration of nature and the wild, which takes the nature reserve it calls home, at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, as it’s “drawing board”. Designed to “inspire, challenge, and enrich” the lives of they participating, its programme is as vast as it is unique. The event, which spans Thursday August 2nd to Sunday August 5th 2018, encompasses music, theatre, cabaret, comedy, variety, talks, debates, workshops, cocktail bars, banquets, retreats, spas, sport, and much more.
Curated by some several leading arts institutions, including the Royal Academy of the Arts, V&A, The British Film Institute, London Review of Books; The RSA; The Idler Academy, amongst others, and partnered by icons of the literary world including Verso, Faber & Faber, Unbound, Picador, Little Brown Books, Pan Macmillan, Harper Collins, and Bloomsbury Sigma, its speakers line-up is comprised some of the most compelling thinkers on the circuit, including Murray Lachlan Young, Shappi Khorsandi, and Carole Cadwalladr.
Having participated as a speaker and workshop host in Wilderness Festival’s inaugural year, 2012, I’m delighted to be back, this time joining the ever-thought provoking 5x15 for their session in The Forum on Sunday 5th. Joining a line-up comprised Emily Penn, Caspar Henderson, Alex Beard, and Jamie Bartlett, I’ll be discussing ‘Wildfire in the Wilderness: fire, ecology, and us’, sharing insights from fire ecology past, present, and possible future.
Read more and buy tickets here: https://www.wildernessfestival.com
Supported by some of the foremost influential creative leaders and organisations in design visualisation, The Rookies is the world's leading international annual competition for young, up and coming student and graduate designers, creators, innovators and artists. A juror since 2016, I was delighted that the 2018 edition attracted an exceptionally high standard of entries from art, design, architecture, and film schools spanning several continents.
However, numerous though the outstanding entries were, one entry stood out above all others, for its author, Joshua Puppe, an architecture student from Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S., exhibited extra-ordinary imagination, relevance, and production skill across illustration, film-making, model making, and overall concept development. Puppe’s entry, The Authors [images above], comprised beautifully considered, composed, and cinematic imagery as evidences he has an exceptionally exciting career ahead of him.
See Puppe’s entry at: https://t.co/jWQxviAZOg
Read more about The Rookies at: http://www.therookies.co/
The weekend of July 6th - 8th sees the launch of Timber Festival, which a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus will explore "the transformative impact of forests on people and places with artists, musicians, scientists, and thinkers". Set in the National Forest, which planted over 25 years ago spans the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Staffordshire, the event will encourage festival-goers to "re-imagine our relationship with our environment", while enjoying an "arboreal wonderland".
Aboard the inaugural speaker line-up, I’ll be exploring humanity’s relationship with wildfire at the interface of forests and cities past, present, and future. Having delivered a précis of my research of this past several years, together with a short provocation, I'll invite they present to join me in debate and discussion around this, quite literally, hot topic! Part of the Charcoal Sessions, where writers, artists, academics, politicians, and scientists, together with they working in woodlands will come together around a fire at dusk, atop the National Forest's historical coal pits, and below the forest canopy, I'll be sharing insights from wildfire’s deep past by means of illuminating its integral role in Earth and human systems.
Although the festival's installations, performances, and activities are too numerous to list, highlights include:
*The greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon [pictured above] - an extraordinary 7m Moon sculpture featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and sound by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.
*Bespoke Timber Festival installation, The Fire-Garden, which produced by leading artists, sculptors, designers, and technicians pa-Boom, will turn the foremost ephemeral element into an arts medium.
*Award-winning immersive virtual reality experience In the Eyes of the Animal by Marshmallow Laser Feast, which will enable participants to 'be an animal in the forest through the eyes of four woodland species'.
*A listening walk with composer and sound-artist Jason Singh, exploring voice and technology to mimic nature and birdsong, while gathering sounds to create instruments from plants, plant data, and other living and non-living elements of the forest.
Read more at: http://timberfestival.org.uk/
Melissa Sterry, PhD, design scientist, systems theorist, futurologist, founder Bionic City®.
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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