Talking Lakes Ignite with Philip Stanier creator of The Buried Moon

Philip Stanier and the Strange Names Collective will present The Buried Moon at the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus for Lakes Ignite 2018 THE BURIED MOON directed by Philip Stanier and the Strange Names Collective The Buried Moon performance by the Strange Names Collective is coming to the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus as part of Lakes Ignite 2018 The Buried Moon is part of Lakes Ignite 2018 Philip Stanier - creator of The Buried Moon for Lakes Ignite 2018

Introducing Philip Stanier… Artistic Director of the Strange Names Collective, an interdisciplinary team of artists who will be making a project for Lakes Ignite 2018. I’m also a lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester.

What will you be creating for Lakes Ignite 2018?

A project titled ‘The Buried Moon’. It’s a combination of site-specific performance, exhibited artworks, and a Virtual Reality experience.

The Buried Moon is an interdisciplinary art project for Lakes Ignite 2018, created in three parts, exploring landscape and the Anthropocene, and the cultural history of geology

Sounds interesting… tell us more about your artwork

We are going to encounter the mysteries of geology and the deep interior of the earth. We will explore what we actually know about what’s literally under our feet, and what we might imagine to be there as well. The project is being made in collaboration with an exploration geologist resident to the Lake District, and a lot of on the ground research. So we are mixing art, up-to-date science, and hands-on experience of the Lakes to make something special.

The Buried Moon is an interdisciplinary art project in three parts, exploring landscape and the Anthropocene, and the cultural history of geology. It consists of:

  • THE BURIED MOON: a performance by Philip Stanier, Penny Newell and Gillian Lees
  • THE HEART OF A CAVE: a series of artworks by Wayne Burrows
  • A FALL THROUGH THE EARTH: a VR experience of video and drone footage, 360 degree photography and artworks by Wayne Burrows, animated by Adam York Gregory

// PERFORMANCE: THE BURIED MOON

The Buried Moon performance by the Strange Names Collective is part of Lakes Ignite 2018
The Buried Moon performance by the Strange Names Collective is part of Lakes Ignite 2018

What do we really know about the landscape around us, what does it rest on, where did it come from? The Buried Moon combines storytelling, performance and current scientific knowledge. It will explore how our imaginations have led us to uncover the layers beneath the Lake District, both real and imagined, to really discover how solid the ground on which you stand is.

‘Was there once a second moon, lost in a colossal impact? Join us to consider the mysteries of how the earth was formed, how it formed us, and what layer we will contribute’

The Buried Moon explores the shifting cultural history of Geology, alongside our developing scientific understanding of the earth, through weird stories and dubious methods, rational thought and hard evidence.

Performances last 20 minutes: Sunday 27 May (at 7pm) and Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm & evening at 7pm)

You can book your FREE tickets for The Buried Moon here

// EXHIBITION: THE HEART OF A CAVE

The Heart of a Cave exhibition is part of Buried Moon for Lakes Ignite 2018 - artwork by Wayne Burrows
The Heart of a Cave exhibition is part of Buried Moon for Lakes Ignite 2018 – artwork by Wayne Burrows

A series of collage images, inspired by rumours, theories and wild imaginings from beneath the Lake District.

‘We don’t truly know what the earth is made of under the crust, or what it may contain, but we can explore and we can imagine’

The works that comprise The Heart of a Cave are not just standalone works. Each artwork is a translation of the script, actions and themes of The Buried Moon and The Fall through the Earth.

// VR EXPERIENCE: A FALL THROUGH THE EARTH

Imagine you had slipped out of the grasp of gravity and matter, that you were free to drift through solid rock, what would you discover if you went back in time through the layers of history.

‘Travel through the Earths interior, from the surface of the Lakes to the Core, and then back to the surface’

The Fall through the Earth is inspired by the Lake District, our cultural and scientific understanding of geology. Using VR headsets we will take you on an innovative journey of animation, drone footage, and immersive 360 degree camera photography to the heart of our planet and beyond.

What are the connections between your artwork for Lakes Ignite and the Lake District as a World Heritage cultural landscape?

The work explores how the geology affects us in really profound ways, how it inspires us and shapes how we live. The Lake District is not only a perfect example of how incredible landscapes produce and cradle culture, it’s the source material for our work.

Where will people be able to see your artwork?

At the University of Cumbria’s Campus in Ambleside.

And when can people visit?

All the parts of project will be ready by 27 May.

The exhibition and VR experience will run from 27 May – end July and performances last 20 mins: Sunday 27 May (at 7pm) and Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm & evening at 7pm)

And a few questions about the Lake District… What makes the Lakes a special place for you?

I visited the Lake District on a residential school trip when I was at Primary school. It was my first encounter with such a dramatic and beautiful landscape, of society and culture formed by its surroundings, and of really wonderful long walks. It was very formative.

During a visit to the Lake District what would be your 3 fave cultural hot spots or events?

The Armitt Museum in Ambleside, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, and the sculptures in Grizedale Forest.

If you could choose your one favourite view in the Lakes, where would it be?

The top of The Old Man of Coniston. Get to the top for sunrise and see the light hit the fell tops and turn the lakes to silver, it’s incredible.

See more of the Strange Names Collective at www.strangenamescollective.co.uk
Instagram: @philipstanier
Twitter: @Philip_Stanier

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// STRANGE NAMES COLLECTIVE BLOG

Read Philip Stanier’s blogs for The Buried Moon Lakes Ignite project:

1 // The Generosity of the Fells

2 // The Geology of Memory

3 // A Blizzard – A Flat Tyre – A Cracked Tooth: How the Lakes shape us

4 // Going Underground: Insight and Loss – Conversations with an exploration Geologist

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// SEE THE BURIED MOON BY THE STRANGE NAMES COLLECTIVE IN AMBLESIDE

From 27 May – July, University of Cumbria, Ambleside campus

The Buried Moon is part of the University of Cumbria’s 10 year anniversary celebrations. The 10-year milestone sees the university reflect on its outstanding achievements and look ahead to future growth as a specialist institution providing world class education and opportunities. More information on the University of Cumbria’s 10 year celebrations

// EXHIBITION – THE HEART OF A CAVE from 27 May – 31 July: A series of collage images, inspired by rumours, theories and wild imaginings from beneath the Lake District.

// VR EXPERIENCE – THE FALL THROUGH THE EARTH from 27 May – 31 July: Imagine you had slipped out of the grasp of gravity and matter, that you were free to drift through solid rock, what would you discover?

// PERFORMANCE – THE BURIED MOON: (lasting 20 mins) Sunday 27 May (at 7pm) and Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm & evening at 7pm

// You can book your FREE tickets for The Buried Moon here

University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus: Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB

The Buried Moon event locations on the Ambleside Campus
The Buried Moon event locations on the Ambleside Campus
The Buried Moon by the Strange Names Collective for Lakes Ignite 2018
The Buried Moon by the Strange Names Collective for Lakes Ignite 2018

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// FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LAKES IGNITE 2018

Lakes Ignite 2018 presents six specially commissioned contemporary artworks to celebrate the Lake District’s designation as a World Heritage site. From January to July 2018, six artists are bringing their creative vision to the Lakes in a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.

A celebration of contemporary art in a World Heritage landscape

Each installation provides a different perspective on our World Heritage story using very different media including metal, wood, mirrors, inflatables, performance and virtual reality. So, whether you’re 8 or 80, come and spark your imagination in 2018 and experience art in our celebrated Lake District landscape.

Tell us what you think about Lakes Ignite and be entered into a draw to win a hamper of Cumbrian goodies courtesy of Rheged!

Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map
Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map

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// VOLUNTEER FOR THE BURIED MOON EVENT IN AMBLESIDE

Lakes Culture is looking for 4 volunteers to support the Production and Campus teams to manage successful delivery of The Buried Moon event – 5 dates and 8 performances: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, and Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.

If you are interested in helping at the Buried Moon event, for just one or multiple performances – please download the volunteer document below.