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Anne-Marie Culhane

   
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www.amculhane.co.uk
mail@amculhane.co.uk
t : 0784 907 3394

England

  I initiate, catalyse, design and deliver creative and environmental arts projects and events.

I undertake three strands of performance-based projects:

    performances and events around the intelligent, sensing body responding to different landscapes and environments. These can be participatory or solo works.

    community performance and installation projects including: co-devising A Little Patch of Ground, an intergenerational performance and permaculture project with Encounters Arts; Diarykeepers, a community diary-keeping, performance and installation project asking the question What is it like to live now?; and Fruit Routes, creating fruit tree corridors at Loughborough University as a location for food, community and creative activity.

    activist performances such as Corn Dollies and Air Traffic Controllers which manifest as a direct response to an environmental threat.

Ways of Working  
Practices
site specific performance, participatory performance/walks, installation, simultaneous practice, cyclical and seasonal working
Recent themes
Field Sensing (solo and group slow movement practice); permaculture; food growing and performance; genetic modification of plants; climate change; everyday observations; ecology
Vision  
I am motivated to work to reduce the harm we are inflicting on our planet; to increase understanding of our place in the family of things; and to bring to life positive visions now and for the future. I draw inspiration from the cycles of nature and seasons; permaculture (learning from natural systems); environmental and ecological concerns or questions and listening and responding to people; landscapes and particular sites, urban or rural.

Below are productions and projects involving a strong performance element. For more of Anne-Marie's work, see her website.

 
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Productions and Projects

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Diary Keepers
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2012 - 2013
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Diarykeepers is a participatory project that connects the geographically diverse community on either side of the Tamar River in Cornwall and in Devon.

Diarykeepers draws inspiration from the handwritten diaries of local resident Joseph Snell between 1914 and 1938. The entries give a fascinating, personal account of valley life including everyday incidents, marking the changing seasons, leisure, his work as a market gardener as well as touching on wider issues. Each entry is very short – one or two sentences, and many have a poetic directness and striking simplicity.

The Diarykeepers project asked What is it like to live now? by inviting local people of all ages to keep a short daily diary for the month of June 2012.

Ruth Ben-Tovim, from Encounters Arts, co-devised a performance installation with me.

For the performance we created a temporary installation in a large disused greenhouse and packing shed and local Diarykeepers animated the installation with their own and others stories.

The next stage of Diarykeepers is to use elements from the diaries to feed into creative community events across the Valley.

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Diarykeepers

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Air Traffic Controllers
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2007, 2009
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These were performance actions at the Heathrow Airport, Climate Camp with Miriam Keye and at the Heathrow Climate Change March with Miriam Keye and Steven Loader.

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Field Sensing
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2007 and ongoing
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Field Sensing is a series of walks and movement improvisations responding to particular locations, different landscapes, rural and urban. It includes participatory and live events, video and photographic documentation. Field Sensing activities have taken place in Scotland, Sheffield, Swaledale and Cornwall. It includes durational slow walks and movement improvisations.

These events include a Bosarts Commission in August 2009 to create a participatory Field Sensing event on two days as part of the project 'This Weekend....?' It took place on Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor in collaboration with Peter Herring, an archaelogist with English Heritage, and Jo Salter, photographer.

The walk involved inviting participants to slow down their movements in a number of chosen locations on the site in order to heighten their experience of the locality and environment.

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Field Sensing

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Transglobal duets
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2006 - 2007
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Transglobal Duets is a collaboration between Anne-Marie Culhane and performer Miriam Keye.

It explored simultaneous monthly movement duets in different parts of the world over one year. Over 30 minutes, an improvisation developed in response to each environment as well as awareness of each other being (t)here. Each month they chose a different location that had similarities in atmosphere or form. Transglobal Duets was documented through photographs and text and a looped slideshow was exhibited at Dis-locate, Ginza Art Lab, Tokyo, an exhibition and symposium on art, technology and locality; and Dance City, Newcastle.

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Corn Dollies
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2005
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Corn Dollies was a public performance at the House of Commons, London to correspond with a mass lobby of Parliament regarding GM foods.

Anne-Marie Culhane was director/choreographer for the performance/action which was made in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, Annie Ball, Miriam Keye and Caitlin De Silvy.

Costumes for the four performers were inspired by teachings from corn dolly veteran Dorothy Horsfall and stories of harvest and corn dolly rituals.

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Corn Dollies

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Corn Dollies

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Weeping Ocean
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2005
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Weeping Ocean was a dance improvisation with Intercultural Music Ensemble, as part of the Multicultural Concert for Tsunami Relief at the SECC, Glasgow.

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The Giant's Foot
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2005
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The Giant's Foot was an improvised dance performance responding to a new composition by the composer Duncan Druce, which was based on descriptions of nature in Wuthering Heights.
The performance was at the Swaledale Festival, Yorkshire. Research for the piece included dancing on local heath and moorland.

The music was played by the Fitzwilliam Quartet.

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Caerdroia
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2005 - 2010
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Caerdroia is a five-year artist-in-residency project in Caerdroia, Llanwrst, North Wales, creating work with the local community which will be installed in a mile-long labyrinth in the Gwyndr Forest.

The work is a response to nature, language and the senses, and involves an annual month-long community performance of outdoor sensory theatre.

Research for the work includes recorded walks and mapping with forestworkers and dwellers. In 2005, the artworks included a clay bread oven, textile hangings and a 'Giant's Mantle', a lichen coat installed in the forest.

The residency is funded by Artwork Wales, in partenrship with North Wales Stage, Cynefin and Academi.

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sewing the 'Giant's Mantle'

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Caerdroia: 'Giant's Mantle'

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Camellia House
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2004
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Camellia House was a site-specific movement performance in response to the architecture and dynamics of the space of Camellia House at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Camellia House

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Last Blackbird
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2004
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Last Blackbird was a site-specific movement performance at the Swaledale Festival, Yorkshire.

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Renga Dances
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2002 - 2004
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Site-specific movement performances at The Camellia House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Dawyck Botanic Gardens; Reeth Orchard, Swaledale Festival and Baltic, Gateshead with poet Alec Finlay.

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Beech
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2002
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Beech was an improvised movement performance at Dawyk Botanic Garden.

Costumes for the performance were by Kei Ito.

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Beech

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Moon
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2000
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Moon was a site-specific intervention, movement performed in response to a painting, at Inverleith House, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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More About  
Here is how writer Wayne Hill describes my practice:
    'Anne-Marie creates work that encourages people to sense again their own intuitions. She knows that forces shaping contemporary culture subvert or distort important human impulses towards generosity, gratitude and celebration. Her work draws those latent instincts into action, through projects that alongside their aesthetic power offer different ways of being in the world. This demands of her, in addition to being a visual artist and maker, that she must be a choreographer, creating scores and situations for sometimes large numbers of people to live in often over extended durations. Her work is necessarily communal – a word that describes her relationships with her audiences, associates, and human and non-human collaborators. Part of her gift as an artist lies in her ability to welcome others into the work. She brings people together into affirmative ways of living by setting in motion dynamic frames of ecology and connection'.
Specialist Training in Facilitation of Ecological Workshops
2005
Learning to Re-connect, Deep Ecology intensive with Joanna Macy at Monkton Wyld, Dorset
2004
Deep Ecology workshop: how to merge ecological thinking with the everyday, with Australian conservationist and ecologist John Seed, at Sharpham College, Devon
2002
Leading Adventure: Ecology, a week long leaders' workshop in facilitating creative and integrated outdoor experiences at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, funded by Scottish Arts Council

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  Anne-Marie Culhane
www.amculhane.co.uk
mail@amculhane.co.uk
t: 0784 907 3394

England

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