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Thank you to the Oloip Maasai dance troop  and to everyone who joined us to bless the Imaginal Field at the start of this paradigm shifting project (video by @kimcoley1)

The Imaginal Field Project

The Imaginal Field Project is a table-turning idea to 'ask' a 5 acre field, in Cambridgeshire, what it wants from us!

 

The idea is based on the ancient animistic premise that the land is sentient, has it's own consciousness and that this field, near Coates, Cambridgeshire, is an individual in it's own right and, with the right listening human ears, can 'communicate' who it is and what it's needs are.

 

The field has been put into a wildflower meadow stewardship scheme and planted with hedgerow, Jeni's brother has promised it won't be ploughed or sprayed again. We now have the opportunity to invite people onto this fragile fenland soil as it becomes stronger and starts supporting itself and many other-than-human species.

The funded Imaginal field project will run Sept'24-Sept-'25 and will have 8 artists in residence. These artists will be people who are practiced at opening up communication channels with the land and nature. they'll come and make art in response to the field. We will be building group activities and events around these visitors, celebration events, workshops, conversational dinners, and will work with children from nearby schools. It won't just be the designated artists who will create art for the exhibition spaces - we plan to curate work from anyone who feels inspired to make it.

 

The project already promises to be super restorative for local community - the opening ceremony on 01st June 2024, attracted 100 local residents to join the blessing...one said the experience was "an utterly surreal. Magnificent inspiring celebration of the land in the fens. At the blessing of the imaginal field. There were Maasai, there were songs, there was fire and energy and joy. And rejuvenation and so many wonderful people. I came away with a smile 1000 miles wide"

 

We will be directly respecting and putting ourselves in service to the land instead of the other way around. 

Who knows what will come of this novel yet ancient approach. Maybe we'll hear nothing, maybe the answer will sing out loud and clear through the various visitors or only become clear when we look at the exhibition as a whole. We can't promise that what the field wants will happen, but we can be open to the power of listening. Jeni and I are very excited to see what happens.

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