*AR is the collective pseudonym of Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton. Diagrams for the Summoning of Wolves marks a stark shift in their response to environmental degradation. Their previous works (Wolf Notes, 2011; Succession, 2013) have expressed profound sadness at the ecological losses of the upland landscape of south-west Cumbria, where they have lived since 2011. They have observed the absence of deer, fell fox and wolf, whose names survive only in place-names. They have found the ghost forests of Furness in the buried pollen drifts of alder, birch and oak. The music, words and art they have created in response to these discoveries are forms of elegy, but they also offer glimmers of hope for a return – an acknowledgement that the last 2,000 years of ‘culture’ are insignificant when set against the deep time by which the land itself keeps clock.
As its title suggests, Diagrams is a departure from their previous work because, in its conception, it represents a move from simply bearing witness to direct intervention. It is a series of instructions for the return itself. It is the musical encoding of a ritual: ‘hand gestures, scents, markings’ translated into melody, tone, rhythm.
To play this music is to participate in its summoning – to become a node in a lattice of light.
Diagrams was premiered at the opening of Memorious Earth: A Longitudinal Study – a retrospective exhibition of work by Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton, hosted by Lakeland Arts at Abbot Hall and Blackwell, Cumbria, UK. The exhibition runs from Jan 16th to March 14th, 2015.
DIAGRAMS for the SUMMONING of WOLVES
Edition of 100
1. Hand Gestures, Scents, Markings
Total Running Time : 27m 14s
Diagrams is published by Corbel Stone Press.