Emergence 2012- Land Journey South- ‘Visitation’ 2nd September

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Through combining certain actions and spoken narratives, Avi aimed to facilitate an embodied experience of place and evoke the ‘quiet’ stories and personal relationships between the capel and its members.

‘Emergence 2012 brings CAT’s pioneering work on low-carbon infrastructure together with Volcano’s work on developing the role of the arts as a crucible of ideas and visions for a sustainable society. The Summit has two parts: an international conference of leaders, thinkers and visionaries; and a five-day land journey on foot through Wales, curated by Welsh artist Simon Whitehead, that will culminate at the conference.

The purpose of the Summit is to reach across a gulf. Not a gulf between people, or between disciplines, but the much greater gulf between our objective understanding of the scale of the challenge facing humankind, and our ability to imagine a positive, practical future in which we have risen to that challenge and found new ways of living.

The Land Journey offers an additional opportunity for deepened dialogue, concentration and reflection, and the chance to connect at length with other delegates, and with the particularity of place and landscape.

The routes chosen will traverse the land in unfamiliar ways rather than simply follow the mapped tourist trails and landmarks, to reiterate the need to think differently about the things we take for granted.
These organized walks will follow two routes through a variety of beautiful landscapes and sites of significance in terms of sustainability before finally arriving at CAT in Machynlleth, one from the North of Wales, the other from the South.

Each day the walkers will encounter a person who has some direct, lived and significant relationship to the place they are passing through.’



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About Avi Allen

Artist and Co Founder of Capel Y Graig Art Space. Avi took on Capel Y Graig and its attached Ty Capel in 2003 and spent the next 8 years, together with her Father Chris Allen, renovating and restoring the Capel. During this period and along side the restoration project, Avi undertook art training at the West Wales School of The Arts, Carmarthen graduating with a BA Hons Fine Art. Avi gained a PgCE qualification in 2010 and her teaching experience includes leading the Critical and Contextual Studies programme at The West Wales School of the Arts Foundation Course 2009-11 and on the BTEC Diploma Art and Design, Coleg Ceredigion 2011-13. Within her Art/Curatorial practice, Avi is interested in revealing and disrupting established systems of hierarchical classification and the power relations manifested within them.

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