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Chalk: South Downs National Park 2011

Between April and October 2011 RED EARTH explored the archaeology and ecology of the South Downs creating site-specific installations, performance journeys and experiential walks across two stunning landscapes: Harting Down (Chichester) and Wolstonbury Hill (Brighton).

How do we really get to know a place? We can drive to it; take a bus, walk, cycle, ride or run. But how would it feel to travel through layers of geological and archaeological time, to feel and taste the ecology of the land, uncover its hidden worlds through sound and performance? What would it feel like to be truly immersed in the landscape?

RED EARTH invited people to become collaborators with the land: walking it, navigating it, building, singing and performing it, leading to new encounters with the natural world and the forces that shape it.

CHALK began with two greenwood installations built with local crafts people, and ended with two site-specific performances across the landscape: Japanese butoh a live acoustic soundscape of prehistoric horns, bone whistles, bronze percussion and Mongolian voice in a landscape animated by fire.

Guest artists

Photography 


Installations: Red Earth 
Performances: Paul Winter