Launch: Laura Harrington, 'Fieldworking'

Still from the film by Laura Harrington, 'Fieldworking', 2020

***This event is now postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.***

Join us for the launch of a new work by Newcastle-based artist Laura Harrington, co-commissioned by Tyneside Cinema and mima, alongside two linked performances by participants Ludwig Berger and Luce Choules and a discussion with all artists.

Six artists, an ecologist and two filmmakers spend five days together in an off-grid location surrounded by moorland and blanket bog. Camping on the former site of an important scientific field station in Moor House, Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve, they collectively explore ways to comprehend, inhabit and work within the context of this remote and ‘wet’ location. 

Fieldworking meditatively interweaves footage and field recordings from this journey – the direct interactions and spontaneous encounters between the meeting of artists and land – to capture the multiple adaptations and shared moments that occurred.

Created in collaboration with Chris Bate, Ludwig Berger, Sarah Bouttell, Luce Choules, Simone Kenyon, Fiona MacDonald (Feral Practice), Lee Patterson and Meredith Root-Bernstein. 

Co-commissioned by Tyneside Cinema and MIMA in the context of the exhibition ‘Fragile Earth: Seeds, Weeds, Plastic Crust’. Supported by Arts Council England. 



Luce Choules, Field Notes: North Pennines 
A poetic journey to the upland features of the North Pennines, this performance-lecture by Luce Choules uses spoken word and projected imagery to explore art and ecology, environmental change and the contemporary wilderness.

Ludwig Berger, Bog Bodies
Sonic improvisation for water, earth, stones, plants, hydrophones, modular synthesiser and four speakers.

About the artists

Laura Harrington is a North East-based artist originally from Wales. Through multiple media she explores relationships with landscape, its geomorphology, phenomena and day-to-day life. Her work has exhibited at MIMA, BALTIC 39, Woodhorn Museum, Glasgow Print Studio and AV Festival. She has participated in events at the British Library, V&A and Durham Book Festival, and has worked on major public commissions from Malcolm Fraser Architects, Inspire Northumberland, Commissions North and Creative Partnerships. Laura has undertaken several residencies internationally, including a year-long Leverhulme residency with Durham University (2014-15); at HIAP (Helsinki), UNIDEE, (Italy); and with the Environment Agency, ISIS Arts, and Joya arte + Ecologia (Spain). She has recently completed new work with Cittadellarte (Italy). She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Northumbria University.

Ludwig Berger is a sound artist and composer based in Milan and Zurich. In his compositions, installations and performances, he engages playfully in more-than-human worlds such as beehives, microphones, glaciers, infrastructures, wind, strings or trees. He has released various albums of field recordings, drones and microscopic improvisations and runs his own tape label Vertical Music. As a research assistant at the Institute for Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich, he studies the sonic dimension of Japanese gardens, alpine glaciers and urban landscapes. He composes music and sound for film, theatre and radio and is institutionally legitimised by Deutschlandfunk, Goethe Institute, Bavarian State Opera, GRM Paris, ZKM Karlsruhe and Ars Electronica.

Luce Choules is a UK-based itinerant trans-disciplinary artist, operating from field centres in France and Spain, and working internationally. Her praxis monitors Earth systems, accelerated change and social movement to investigate material and immaterial forms of transformation and transportation. She makes collapsing and adaptive environments that test and signal our capacity to be agile. Luce has exhibited and performed widely through individual and group shows and events in the UK, Europe, Australia and USA. She is supported in her work and activities through a range of ecologic residencies and sociocultural commissions for public projects funded by arts councils, regional arts organisations, cultural institutions, foundations and environmental agencies. She founded and coordinates the itinerant artist network