Outlandia is an off-grid artists’ fieldstation, a treehouse imagined by artists London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson), designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects and constructed by local builder Norman Clark in 2010 with initial funding from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Scottish Arts Council. It is located in a copse of Norwegian Spruce and Larch in Glen Nevis on Forestry Commission land at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, approximately three miles from the town of Fort William. Outlandia is an artist-led project built as a multi-purpose platform for the use of diverse community groups as well as selected artists. It is a performative architecture–defined by the activities of those who choose to engage with it– that immerses its occupants in a particular environment, provoking creative interaction between artists and the land.
‘Slideshow’ photography by Luke Allan, Kristian Buus, Bruce Gilchrist and Inga Tillere.
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Remote Performances in Nature and Architecture
Published by Routledge in 2018, edited by Bruce Gilchrist, Jo Joelson and Tracey Warr. Originally co-published by Ashgate and Live Art Development Agency (LADA) in 2015. This book explores the relationship between place and forms of thought and creative activity, relating Outlandia and the artists there to the tradition of generative thinking and making structures that have included Goethe’s Gartenhaus in Weimar, Henry Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond and Dylan Thomas’s writing shack in Laugharne [...] Based on a series of residencies and radio broadcasts produced by London Fieldworks in collaboration with Resonance 104.4fm, the ‘Remote Performances’ project enabled twenty invited artists to consider and engage in transmissions, sound performances and dialogues on their artmaking strategies immersed in this specific rural environment of mountain, forest and river; flora and fauna.