Introduction

The 2019 workshop offered a space in which to explore a range of ideas suggested by Andy Holden’s interests and work. A selection of writings, films and musical works framed the week-long conversation, starting with works included in The Long Revolution, a curated project at Holden’s studio space in Bedford, looking at walking and observation as methods of gently affecting change. 

The week also included a range of seminars and reading groups exploring texts such as Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects, Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie, and Daisy Hildyard’s The Second Body, and discussing subjects such as ‘Kant after the Internet’. There was a lecture with ornithologist Peter Holden on understanding bird song, experiments in sound recording with composer and artist Mira Calix, and conversations around the effects of technology on our understanding of nature. 

This week-long residential workshop was an intensive experience and requiring commitment. Participants were asked to prepare short presentations and provide oral and written evaluations and responses. They will are also encouraged to contribute to the continuing legacy of the workshop by sharing debates and ideas with artists and arts practitioners in the region.