Two weeks after the events of The Big Lament my memory’s not as fresh as it once was. But what of that, it doesn’t really matter when you’re actually reflecting on things that took place 200 years ago! Margaret Tait when speaking about her 1966 film ‘The Big Sheep’ and Sutherland, for an interview with…

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Oliver Mezger: The Big Lament Inspired by Margaret Tait’s film Caora Mor: The Big Sheep, Digital Artist Oliver Mezger has set out to examine the ongoing relevance of pibroch, Highland piping and lament to contemporary culture. The series of events include Wed 30 October, 11am – 3pm The Lunch Club Lament £5 partners with Age…

As part of the Translocation Festival I gave a talk on the influence of film-poet, Margaret Tait, and on how she has influence my work in Helmsdale today. Just as Tait’s films documented Helmsdale in the 1960’s, I am making a response to ‘Caora Mor: The Big Sheep’, which will reflect the village as it is…

I attended the Age Collective Seminar in Glasgow, back in April. A gathering that brought together local and national practitioners and representatives from a cross-section of organisations to discuss how through partnership working and collaboration, museums and galleries can better support older people in their communities. I lead a seminar discussing strategies to engage older…

On Friday 10th May we had a successful screening of rushes from Margaret Tait: A Companion Piece; showing a scene from the “school sports” on 16mm film. I then presented a performance of “…calling Helmsdale” to a crowd of 50 Helmie”s. The piece explores the rich cultural heritage of Helmsdale and its relationship with global…

10 May 2013 | 6pm | Timespan Gallery All welcome. Refreshments provided. You are invited to an informal gallery event to see calling helmsdale… and to talk about the work that Oliver Mezger has created here, in Helmsdale.  Over the duration of this show he has been exploring ways to display visual material he has gathered as part of…

We just had a wonderful morning with a group of elderly people at Timespan to coincide with an exhibition I’ve put on ‘…calling Helmsdale’, exploring landscape and lang-scape (Gertrude Stein’s term for language that itself becomes a landscape; the principles of relationality articulated by landscape that cause meaning to shift, as our attention shifts). With…

‘Helmsdale Talking’ is engaging the elderly in digital media via the Timespan Heritage photo collection. I visit the Community Lunch Club, Farr Crescent sheltered housing, and the homes of local elderly people for weekly sessions, collecting knowledge through participatory workshops. Digital Heritage with iPads is breaking down the barriers to digital inclusion. Helping the elderly…

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