Saskia Ashdown reads Alec Finlay's Letter to the Lyceum
Letters to the Lyceum
From the surreal to the sensual, the profound to the practical, Alec Finlay's letter weaves a tapestry from memories of live performance in Scotland. Read by Saskia Ashdown. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Alec Finlay is an internationally recognised artist and poet. Alec's work crosses over a range of media and forms including poetry, sculpture, print and digital media. We were lucky enough to have Alec run a workshop at our recent Scottish Health Walk Network Conference, which was hugely popular, so we thought it would be great to hear more about his work and how it links with Paths for All’s mission to get Scotland Walking.In this episode, Alec describes how walking and landscape inform his work and everyday life and how we as a culture relate to the landscape and ecology around us.
Alec Finlay's 'today today today' reflects on illness & healing. The project combines an animation, blog, booklet, and poem-audio, created for his artist residency at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow. Hand-written copies of the poems were gifted to patients. The project title is after a motto composed by John Ruskin. The booklet containing these poems is published by Playspace Publications (2013). The blog is available at www.alecfinlay-today.com The project is a commission by Animate Projects and is supported by Wellcome Trust.
Global Oracle: a work of prophetic science. Poem: Alec Finlay; sound-design: Chris Watson. The recording accompanies the book-length poem Global Oracle (morning star, 2014). As part of the same project, Finlay created an installation of bee-themed artworks at Talbot Rice Gallery in 2014, as part of the Generation series, and will create a permanent work on the campus of the University of Warwick, in 2015. "Global Oracle explores the relationship between bees, prophecy in Ancient Greece, and GPS satellite navigation systems, such as our contemporary oracle, Garmin. It offers a touching paean to dwelling, and an elegy for the fate of the bees, which is our fate." (Alec Finlay) The project is a commission by The University of Warwick Art Collection.