Wild By Design: The Elements
The inaugural Wild by Design retreat will be held at the Shillim Institute and Resort in Maharashtra, India. The site, designed by landscape designer, Margie Ruddick, is located in the Western Ghats, a Unesco World heritage site and biodiversity hotspot, and is an example of how private land owners, with a planning team, can integrate conservation, ecological remediation and enhancement, and community engagement into the development planning and design process. Sitting in the diverse and threatened landscape of the Ghats, the retreat willbring together artists, ecologists, developers, policy makers, and designers, in order to address issues of private development and conservation as well as the regional issues that affect the Western Ghats. The retreat will result in materials intended to guide landowners on the best conservation practices, both internationally and regionally.
Photoformance is a performance and installation series fusing humans and the environment. We understand environment to be not only landscape but atmosphere, frame of mind - the many components that result from the place and form in which we surround ourselves.
As an artistic diarist, Satya Hinduja will be capturing the 'essence' of the first 10 day Artist Residency at Shillim Institute. Her work will be an immersive audio-visual diary that would unfold over the course of the happenings amidst the natural setting of the environment. Collecting and recording visual and sonic moments with the artists, conservationists, program directors and her own internal consciousness she reflects through her observations.
Leeanne has over 20 years of experience working in the biodiversity conservation field around the world, particularly in the tropics. She has led over 45 biodiversity field surveys through which she developed her expertise in the collection and analysis of biodiversity data.
Oikos is an ecological services consultancy working in the Western Ghats since 2002. They will provide a crticial regional understanding based on their work with private landowners, ranging from a single farm house to 1,000-acre estates.
Colombet’s work is both abstract and suggestive of landscapes, of topographies, of the erosion of the earth and its ephemeral elements.While Colombet questions what can be read as landscape, her surfaces capture a fleeting moment in the life of nature and suggest contemplation.
Linda Pollak’s photographs embrace the language of every day artifacts and experience, through the complex processes that occur in the urban natural world. In any one photograph, all the visual elements work together to reveal complex structures: affiliations, between and across species and established categories.
Erin Gee will draw on the environmental sounds of Shillim, both for inspiration and as sources for the actual sonic structures of the piece. She will prepare a new work for voice and string quartet while in residence, as well as study the vocal techniques and music of local musicians, and will collaborate in workshops on deep listening techniques and listening immersion walks.