17 Jun 2020 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Lewis Hetherington swims with beavers

Days before the lockdown began, we made it back to Bamff Estate in Perthshire - the site of Scotland's first reintroduced beavers. Moving on from our usual walking methods, we donned neoprene and attempted some creative swimming experiments. While our usual writing and research is curtailed, here are some images and a couple of short texts from Lewis Hetherington.  Also see Laura Bissell's 'Landscaping with beavers' just published in…

20 Aug 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

The Gift in the Beaver

Figure 1:  A beaver on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.  Gift giving may be the most basic form of exchange, though hardly simple. In our hearts, we like to imagine that gifts are given with “no strings attached.” Of course, this is rarely the case. Instead, gift…

20 Aug 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

The Gift in the Beaver

Figure 1:  A beaver on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.  Gift giving may be the most basic form of exchange, though hardly simple. In our hearts, we like to imagine that gifts are given with “no strings attached.” Of course, this is rarely the case. Instead, gift…

20 Aug 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

The Gift in the Beaver

Figure 1:  A beaver on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.  Gift giving may be the most basic form of exchange, though hardly simple. In our hearts, we like to imagine that gifts are given with “no strings attached.” Of course, this is rarely the case. Instead, gift…

29 Jul 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

Arriving “The more beavery the landscape is, the harder it is to find them.” This is what Laura Ogden, an environmental anthropologist from the US told us on our first evening in Bamff in Perthshire as we took an evening walk around the land to try to spot some beavers. An interdisciplinary group of ten researchers including…

29 Jul 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

Arriving “The more beavery the landscape is, the harder it is to find them.” This is what Laura Ogden, an environmental anthropologist from the US told us on our first evening in Bamff in Perthshire as we took an evening walk around the land to try to spot some beavers. An interdisciplinary group of ten researchers including artists, cultural geographers, and anthropologists visited the estate for four days to explore “landscaping with beavers”, and the possibility of…

29 Jul 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

Arriving “The more beavery the landscape is, the harder it is to find them.” This is what Laura Ogden, an environmental anthropologist from the US told us on our first evening in Bamff in Perthshire as we took an evening walk around the land to try to spot some beavers. An interdisciplinary group of ten researchers including artists, cultural geographers, and anthropologists visited the estate for four days to explore “landscaping with beavers”, and the possibility of…

24 Jun 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…

24 Jun 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…

24 Jun 2019 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Landscaping with Beavers

We have just returned from a wild weekend at the Bamff beaver project in Perthshire. Bamff hosts the longest established population of reintroduced beavers in Scotland and is located amidst the growing population of beavers in the Tay valley. The Ramsay family, who own the estate, are key players in current debates about beaver…

29 Oct 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Reflections on our latest visit to Knepp

On 14th– 17th September 2018, I returned to Knepp Castle Estate for a third time with Jamie Lorimer, along with three new visitors: Sofie Narbed, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. On previous trips we had scoped out, explored and experimented with this complicated site; learning to read, interpret and work with the wild processes and inhabitants of the Wildland Project (Overend and Lorimer 2018). This time, we planned to make something: to create a text that…

29 Oct 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Reflections on our latest visit to Knepp

On 14th– 17th September 2018, I returned to Knepp Castle Estate for a third time with Jamie Lorimer, along with three new visitors: Sofie Narbed, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. On previous trips we had scoped out, explored and experimented with this complicated site; learning to read, interpret and work with the wild processes and inhabitants of the Wildland Project (Overend and Lorimer 2018). This time, we planned to make something: to create a text that…

29 Oct 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Reflections on our latest visit to Knepp

On 14th– 17th September 2018, I returned to Knepp Castle Estate for a third time with Jamie Lorimer, along with three new visitors: Sofie Narbed, Jenny Swingler and Scott Twynholm. On previous trips we had scoped out, explored and experimented with this complicated site; learning to read, interpret and work with the wild processes and inhabitants of the Wildland Project (Overend and Lorimer 2018). This time, we planned to make something: to create a text that…

25 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being

Over the past few years I have undertaken numerous creative residential retreats. This prompted me to think about the benefits of these processes for artists, writers, thinkers and performance makers. All images are the author's own from the Performing Wild Geographies event at the Knepp Estate in October 2017. Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being The word retreat implicitly has the promise of a “treat” within it, referring to the…

25 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being

Over the past few years I have undertaken numerous creative residential retreats. This prompted me to think about the benefits of these processes for artists, writers, thinkers and performance makers. All images are the author's own from the Performing Wild Geographies event at the Knepp Estate in October 2017. Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being The word retreat implicitly has the promise of a “treat” within it, referring to the…

25 Jan 2018 | Everyone's Blog Posts - Making Routes

Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being

Over the past few years I have undertaken numerous creative residential retreats. This prompted me to think about the benefits of these processes for artists, writers, thinkers and performance makers. All images are the author's own from the Performing Wild Geographies event at the Knepp Estate in October 2017. Retreating: Thinking, Making, Being The word retreat implicitly has the promise of a “treat” within it, referring to the…