Saturday, 19 July 2014

Press & Journal

Glen Nevis treehouse to broadcast ‘Sound of Lochaber’

By Sue Restan
A new project involving local people is to be broadcast from a treehouse in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The controversial artist’s studio – called Outlandia and perched high in a tree in Glen Nevis – was built by London-based multi-media company London Fieldworks. The company, run by multimedia artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson, has now teamed up with the world’s first art radio station, Resonance104.4fm, for the project called Remote Performances, which aims to capture the sound of Lochaber. And they are appealing for local people to contact them to suggest sounds that could be included in the project.
The architect-designed structure, which is less than 12ft square and about 20ft off the ground, is reached via a quarter of a mile of boardwalk. It has spectacular views of Britain’s highest mountain and was created to give artists the opportunity to work in a remote and inspiring environment. And, from Monday August 4 to Saturday August 9, 20 specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents will be broadcast live from Outlandia.
The company’s initial proposal for three treehouses further up the glen attracted criticism from local people who feared it would blight the natural scenic beauty of the upper reaches of the glen and do little to enhance the local economy. However, it was successful with its application for one tree-house nearer to Cow Hill in Fort William and Outlandia opened in 2010.
Mr Gilchrist said the studio, which sways when the wind blows, had been used regularly by a wide range of artists. He said: “We’ve had 25 residencies since the launch. The artists who’ve stayed there said it was very inspirational and encouraged them to try things they wouldn’t normally have done. “We now want to get the local community more involved in the project.” He explained, that as well as suggesting sounds, such as music, poems or environmental noises, that remind them of the area, they will also be given the opportunity to get involved in the broadcasting.
The project is being supported by the Nevis Landscape Partnership, the Arts Council England, Oxford Brookes University, Live Art Development Agency and Edinburgh Arts Festival.
Anyone wanting to suggest sounds for the project should e-mail their ideas to

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Remote Performances

New artworks made for radio and broadcast live from Outlandia: August 4 -9 2014 

Remote Performances is a collaboration between artists London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm, the world’s first art radio station. For one week in August 2014, 20 specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents will be broadcast live from Outlandia.
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Bandanna Associations


I spent my time in Outlandia exploring the rich landscape and reflecting upon my own relationship to it. I continued a vein of work that has drawn inspiration from the Scottish-American naturalist, John Muir. He spent his early years out in natural spaces and wrote a great deal about his experiences. As a result, he became one of the US’s earliest environmental advocates and preservationists. In the spirit of John Muir, I have chosen to use his words in my work and draw inspiration from his process and passion. I have worked on a series of writings that are joined together with images from the natural spaces surrounding Outlandia.

Jonathan Hemelberg (USA. BFA Painting and Drawing and MFA student)
Art, Space and Nature (Edinburgh College of Art)

Space Strata


During my residency period, I developed a series of ephemeral interventions in the forest. I built on concepts related to my previous body of work and my interest in the different elements that configure the inception of man-made architectural space.
The visual perception and even the acoustics of the forest are altered in a simple intervention that addresses the space available between trees. I worked in three different locations in Glen Nevis forest.

Javier Vidal Aguilera (Spain. Architect and MFA student)
Art, Space and Nature (Edinburgh College of Art)



I used the residence in Outlandia to investigate my interest in mist and atmosphere.  The surroundings and many of the walks gave me a a lot inspiration and knowledge for future artprojects.

Sara Ocklind (Sweden. BArch and MFA student)
Art, Space and Nature (Edinburgh College of Art)

Sunday, 14 July 2013

reading writing | writing reading

Alec Finlay & Luke Allan

These fourteen texts were written over one week at Outlandia, with both poets making one entry per day. A pre-arranged reading list paired books related to huts, dwelling, belonging, and Scottish landscape. Each day a chosen pair of books was read, one each, and poems composed in response. The result is a seven-day, two-sided poetry sequence on Outlandia specifically and dwelling in general. 

Outlandia Library (photo LA)

noisiv | vision : from the road north

Outlandia (photo Luke Allan)

This sequence is composed from field-notes on the culture of viewing, remnants from a book-length poem that records a journey through Scotland, guided by Basho’s Oku-no-hosomichi, pairing Basho's temples with Neolithic sites, or contemporary temenos. Our journey, from Edo-Edinburgh to a view of Sado-St Kilda, guided us toward an understanding of viewing, from chambered cairns, most notably Bharpa Langais, North Uist, through folly viewing points, to contemporary secular constructions. The visits are detailed in the posts on the road north blog. Although we decided that this material did not, finally, belong in that journey narrative, I have preserved it here, as it bears on my ongoing research into shelters, huts, viewing platforms, follies and comparable constructions made, or proposed, by contemporary poets, architects, and artists.

Alec Finlay