CELEBRATING FOOD & SEED
On September 13-14 attended the Zimbabwe Traditional and Organic Seed and Food Festival at the Harare Botanic Gardens. Our short ConVivere film Seeding a New Story shares how traditional farmers across the regions are strengthening cultural and ecological diversity for resilience. Here is testimony of how the convivial is a practice in living well together and with the other-than-human world.
Art of the everyday
Art of the Everyday film was made in collaboration with film-maker Benjamin Cook and traces Miche’s dedication as an artist-researcher to making visible how our world comes into being through being and becoming-with. The camera follows her explorations of how human consciousness is a participatory process that evolves in relationship to our bodies, each other and the other-than-human.
LIFE OF WATER: Aldeburgh
From 23rd - 29th August 2018 Touchstones were artists in residence at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout. Conversations with Water convivial happening took place on Saturday 28th July from 11am-4pm, in collaboration with CAWR, CCANW and Anglian Water's Keep It Clear initiative.
the artful bodymind
In 2018, Miche's doctoral thesis reveals itself: Artful Bodymind. This inquiry engages with holistic and liberation research methodologies. Her social arts practice as research is a lived inquiry with embodied knowing through the convivial. Her research home is with the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University, in alliance with the Sustainability Institute and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. (left) Miche's bodymind musing with a body of water, Gloucestershire.
This autumn 2017, we are honoured to take up an artist residency with Centre for Future Thinking at Hawkwood. At the heart of our ecological practice is a collaborative aesthetic that explores the arts as a transformative research methodology. Through a diversity of media and visual expressions, we will be mapping the 'red thread' of Miche's PhD with Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University.
art TO transform
In September 2017, we exhibited within Ecovention Europe at De Domijnen, Sittard, Netherlands, curated by Sue Spaid as a European overview of art and ecology. Our installation Touchstones:
Everything is Here was a retrospective of the last 7 years of our practice. Left: detail of Sacred Mayonnaise, the opening ritual which Miche performed on Ecole Mondiale's map of the locality.
In 2017, we were honoured to be invited to join the Santa Fe Arts Insitute Equal Justice programme. Our proposal was to engage withour touchstones practices and discover the ways in which they can support creative leadership to re-imagine a more equitable world.
In 2015, Touchstones received the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) AWE-Inspiring Award in recognition of how “artists are increasingly engaging in the environmental agendas of today – not just as interpreters or commentators, but often as primary agents of cultural change”. Dave Pritchard, Chair of CIWEM Arts and Environment Network.
why soil matters
On 18 november 2015, were invited to bring the matter and spirit of soil into the heart of the European Parliament's Conference 'Why Soil Matters: A European Perspective'. A few weeks later, on December 4th 2015, we celebrated World Soil Day at Hawkwood as part of their Future Thinking programme.
Here a short film created by Peter Moseley – World Soil Day 2015.
re-birth at NIROX
In 2012, NIROX Foundation, based in the Cradle of Humankind, invited Touchstones to co-create a participatory experience with a group of South African artists. The initiative was conceived by Pistoletto Foundation and invited a re-visioning of the relationship between humankind and the environment. See here a film of Rebirth film by Marcus Neustetter.
Soil Silica Soul
As part of the 90th Anniversary of Rudolf Steiner's Agricultural Lectures, the UK Biodynamic Association commissioned an artwork that was shared with all participants at their celebratory conference Biodynamic Agriculture: A matter of life. The final work, Soil Silica Soul, shared the story of the emergence of the biodynamic farming community and the role of silica in maintaining the health of farm.