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Tim Knowles

Exploration Aids

2015 – 2016

Environments are never complete but are continually under construction... For it is in the very process of dwelling that we build.
Tim Ingold, Building, Dwelling, Living
Creating a network of Howffs in the landscape

Tim Knowles came to Huntly, from London, in late April to begin research for his project Exploration Aids. Tim's work incorporates existing structures of the environment, and is known for its exploration of landscape through sculptural intervention.

This project is stimulated from discussion of common property rights. The right to roam supports access to land for recreation and exercise, however, the Scottish Government is currently undertaking a review of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act, to be published in 2016, addressing the realities of land ownership and use. The area of interest is the remote landscape loosely defined by the Cabrach and Glenbuchat estates, and over to the Cairngorm National Park between Huntly and Aviemore. It comprises Forestry Commission land, private farmland, grouse shooting estates, absentee landowners, and National Trust/estate care. Ecologically, it features forests, grouse and moorland, cattle and crop field, as well as mountains, rivers and loch environments.



Exploration Aids will address the hurdles of access and land use and will provide solutions for overcoming these.This will develop a network of remote sites in the North-East of Scotland. Tim will make these temporarily habitable, providing those who travel light with shelter and outdoor assistance. The use of Howffs (temporary shelters) and other aids will be available to all. These Howffs will be specially designed and placed in the landscape in consideration of obstacles, both ecological and political.

Designed structures will be of 'pop-up' nature; hidden and camouflaged in the landscape with a blend of bushcraft, sculptural installation and inventive construction. Each will be tailored to its specific location and surroundings, by Tim, and will sit considerately in the landscape. The Howffs will provide practical support, with the inclusion of basic materials and equipment, and will also encourage reflective and meditative thinking through their design and frame within the land. Tim will collaborate with the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden to receive technical assistance, and will also incorporate aspects of foraging for survival. A series of events will compliment Tim's project and educate participants in the use and need of the Howffs, including a two day event Gimme Shelter.

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