“Where did these trees come from? What brought them to this place? What if these trees could have witnessed things? What would we hear if we could understand their language? What would they tell us?”

The South African artist James Webb is travelling to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) to create a sound piece that innovatively affects our relationship to the landscape. Part alternative history, part science fiction, and even part psychoanalysis of the landscape around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, he will pay special attention to the presence, history and imaginative possibility of trees. 

James often makes large-scale installations in galleries or unannounced interventions in public spaces. He has presented his work around the world at institutions such as Wanås Konst in Sweden, the Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan, as well as on major international exhibitions such as the Biennials of Sharjah, Habana, Venice, Marrakech, d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

In parkland of the YSP he will interview various people, transcribe their conversation into a script of poetic images and fictional dialogue, which will then be recorded and broadcast from speakers concealed in parts of the park, especially in the trees.

Supernatural Events

SUMMER 2017

The trees of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park photographed by Jonty Wilde, 2016

“For my residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, I will make another piece that intriguingly warps our relationship to the surrounding landscape. Part alternative history, part science fiction, and even part psychoanalysis, I will pay special attention to the presence, history and imaginative possibility of trees.”

This project forms part of the Tree Charter Art Residency Programme

Supernature – Stronger Landscapes

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