15 May would have been the first day of Od Arts Festival: Alone with Everybody. There would be a flurry of activity in the streets, fields, eateries and village halls around East and West Coker. People would have walked, talked, dined, danced and made things together. Though we can’t celebrate our togetherness in person at the moment, we’d love to share a few taster morsels from our programme – things you can watch, read and listen to at home.

ON CARE

THE WALKING READING GROUP

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Readings for a walking group

The Walking Reading Group (TWRG) have selected short texts which consider the loneliness of digital hyper-connectivity, rural remoteness and artists’ experiences of solitude. Intended to lead to a series of intimate exchanges over a two hour walk during the festival, TWRG have offered to share their selections with you now. Please sign up via Eventbrite for FREE or email to receive a pdf of the selected texts or an audio recording read aloud by OSR Projects director, Rowan Lear. We hope that if you can, join us for a walk and talk in the Somerset landscape when the festival is reconvened.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

The Walking Reading Group facilitates the exchange of knowledge in an intimate and dynamic way, by discussing texts while walking together. TWRG is run by Lydia Ashman and Ania Bas.

REDSKY66

RUTH WATERS

Film duration 17.04 mins (available to watch until 31 May)

 

Will it be like this forever?

The artist spent six months conducting Skype interviews with people suffering from severe phobias. Redsky66 tells the story of a man who has Apeirophobia (fear of eternity) and what happens when he sends a viral tweet. It draws on Waters’ own experience of having an extreme phobia, and examines how such anxiety disorders are amplified in the digital age.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ruth Waters works with film, sound, animation, text and installation. Her work offers critique of the murky uncertainties of our digital era using dark humour and satire.

 

 

CATHERINE

MARCY SAUDE

Film duration 10.24 mins (available to watch until 31 May)

 

What could go wrong?

A few scenes from a lesser-known Grimm’s fairytale, Frederick and Catherine, are transposed to the West Cumbrian landscape. This film follows a woman’s work and (mis)adventures, exploring low-key folk magic and squatting tactics.

Produced at the Allerdale Film Farm.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Marcy Saude works with time-based media, with a focus on radical histories, the landscape, counterculture and speculative fiction. She works closely with artist-run film collectives in Bristol and Rotterdam.

 

BIBLIOTHERAPY FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE

(Mixtape Version)

BRAM THOMAS ARNOLD

Listen in to a mixtape journey through place, time and subjectivity. A wake for the geological period we may or may not be living in.

Recorded originally as part of Bram’s six part radio series Trail Mix(ED) on Resonance FM.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist who started with walking and kept going, into performance, installation, broadcasting and bibliotherapy.