Fissure by Louise Ann Wilson

Originally published on 10 May 2011 at

As art installations go, this one is about as far away from the ordinary as you can get. There’s no gallery, no ‘piece’ to look at, and certainly no queuing. Instead, there’s a 12-mile walk, stunning Yorkshire scenery and live performance – all in the aim of provoking new thinking about the landscapes in which we live.

Based on a walk around Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales, the performance involves composers, artists, poets and choreographers. Even more unusually, neuroscientists, geologists, dancers, choirs, and cavers were consulted to piece the work together, fusing together the ideas of the brain and the landscape.

The walk meanders across rivers, over hills and moors and into caves, exploring philosophical notions of life, death, grief, resilience and renewal over two days.

Fissure has been commissioned as part of The Re-Enchantment, a national arts programme exploring the relationship between people and place. Those wishing to take part need to make their own way to either Settle or Kirby Stephen railway stations, and can choose to stay over at either a B&B or a bunkhouse.

Everyone involved will need to be relatively fit to manage the walk, which is planned to go ahead regardless of the weather – so bring your wellies just in case! It’s certainly a break from the norm, even if it’s a bit of a mystery what’s going to happen.

Find out more at the Fissure website.

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