In August 2013 Sheila invited straybird to collaborate on her Rambles with Nature project. Using the hedgerow as a starting point they undertook a two week long ‘ramble’ together in Cambridge which resulted in a series of four short cinepoems for small screens:
- Goldfinch Feast (duration 2 mins, 3 secs)
- On Considering the (English) Hedge (duration 2 mins, 35 secs)
- August (1 min, 51 secs)
- Fur and Feather (4 mins, 14 secs )
In January 2014 the cine-poems were shared for the first time as a 6 week installation that invited visitors to discover the works on their own ramble through Siobhan Davies Studios. Sheila and Lucy Cash from straybird also led some guided 'tours' through the piece and gave a public talk.
Nestled in fake hedging, alongside some carefully selected objects, the piece invites audience members to slow down, listen and notice the ‘unseen’ or ‘overlooked’.
Ramble 1 has since been shown at Cambridge Junction and Warwick Arts Centre and will next be shown at Forest Fringe in Edinburgh 2015.
The cine-poems can also be watched below.
Photography Lucy Cash (at Siobhan Davies Studios)
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England