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Please join us for an experimental sound workshop with artists Thomas Abercromby and Kaya Fraser. During the workshop, we will explore the practice of Deep Listening in relation to ecology. Through various outdoor exercises, together we will record, recreate and learn to listen to sounds found in the natural environment of the Outer Hebrides.

The sounds collected from this workshop will form part of the musical score of Thomas’ new film Rocabarraigh which will premiere at Taigh Chearsabhagh in winter 2023. The film explores the uninhabitable granite islet of Rockall situated 230 miles east of North Uist in the North Atlantic Ocean. Rocabarraigh will focus on an unacknowledged and overlooked narrative concerning the islet’s status as the last territorial expansion of the United Kingdom and will investigate the history of the islet’s annexation in 1955 and subsequent occupation by climate activists in 1997. Rocabarraigh seeks to explore relationships between imperialism, sovereignty and ecological collapse, using this unique Scottish site to articulate a new perspective on the climate change movement.

The workshop will take place somewhere on North Uist, possibly Traigh Iar Beach and Machair, Scolpaig, or Trailhead North Lee Hike, depending on the weather. The location will be confirmed and a what3words code emailed to participants the day before the workshop.

This workshop will mostly be outdoors across rough terrain, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear. The outdoor locations are not wheelchair accessible and may require some hillwalking.

The workshop will begin at Taigh Chearsabhagh and continue on to the main location, so participants will need to be able to drive themselves to the main location. There are two spaces available for those without their own transport. Please email taigh@taigh-chearsabhagh.org if you need to use these spaces or are happy to give others a lift.