LIFE OF WATER
Touchstones Residency at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, Suffolk from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 July 2018 will be a week of researching the relationship between food and water. This is in preparation for our curating of Life of Water at Palazzo Pesaro Papafava with Caroline Wiseman and CCANW for Venice Biennale, May 2019.
the artful bodymind
In January 2018, Miche's doctoral thesis reveals itself: The 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 on her PhD 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
From September 2017, we are exhibiting within Ecovention Europe at De Domijnen, Sittard, Netherlands. This show curated by Sue Spaid is a European overview of art and ecology. Our installation Touchstones:
Everything is Here is a retrospective of the last 7 years of our practice. The image is a detail of Sacred Mayonnaise, the opening ritual which Miche performed on Ecole Mondiale's map of the locality.
In June 2018, we are honoured to be joining the Santa Fe Arts Insitute Equal Justice programme. Our month-long residency offers us the chance 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.