Meeting Ground 2019
Meeting Ground records and communicates the embodied knowledge of islanders in the Outer Hebrides (UK) undertaking mitigating climate change actions through developing their own local food growing hubs. This public exhibition presented visual documentation of the performative activities undertaken by each micro-community. The collaborative activations were achieved through a myriad of deeds and interconnections co-constituted by each group.
Meeting Ground, 2019 (HDV: 16:15) presents the resourceful actions of six micro-communities who created localised food-growing hubs as part of a series of Uist-based food growing projects funded by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (2015-18). The video's aesthetic seeks to communicate the nature of the actions undertaken to increase local food growing activities as a decarbonisation strategy by building on each micro-community's existing intrinsic connections
while developing climate change awareness through Carbon Literacy training .
Meeting Ground sought to capture the un-directed, liberated agency of each groups' collaborative activities, by presenting them as people in charge of their own legacy within the context of their own territories: that is, within their own identity, community, dominion, control, land, knowledge, activity, and experience. Here, mutuality, like-mindedness, and kinship are presented as vital components in establishing new ways of addressing the contemporary ecological crisis in a manner that can be seen as reciprocally beneficial both for communities and ecology.