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Creative Collaboration: Sound Walk

As part of a creative collaboration with sound designer and composer Tim Cooper, we undertook a sound walk on the shores of Cowal: …


Added by Laura Bissell on October 21, 2015 at 5:00 — No Comments

Geology Coastal Walk

As part of the initial stage of my research leave exploring the sea in performance, I undertook a geology walk on Innellan Beach as part of Cowalfest, a walking an art festival in Cowal. You can read about my geological journeying here: …


Added by Laura Bissell on October 16, 2015 at 0:30 — No Comments

“Reimagined Journeys” Everyday Commuting Excursions SGSAH Showcase at Lighthouse

“Reimagined Journeys” Everyday Commuting Excursions was displayed at the Lighthouse in Glasgow as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Showcase on the 25th June 2015.

I collaborated with a designer, Rachel O’Neill, to create postcards which encourage others to reimagine their everyday journeys. These postcards were distributed to commuters on the Argyll Ferry between Dunoon and Gourock which is one of the stages of my journey to work. I wanted to…

Added by Laura Bissell on June 30, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

"Reimagined Journeys" - Everyday Commuting Excursions


In 2013 David Overend (UWS) and I began a collaborative research project exploring our everyday journeys between home and work and how the commute (from the Latin word commutare meaning “to change, transform, exchange”) could be conceived as a…


Added by Laura Bissell on June 23, 2015 at 14:00 — 23 Comments

On Contemplation: A Dawn to Dusk Solo in a Wilderness Setting

On Contemplation: A Dawn to Dusk Solo in a Wilderness Setting

Dr Laura Bissell, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Figure 1: Knoydart

In March 2013 I attended a week long residency in Knoydart in the Western Highlands of Scotland. This area has been called “Britain’s last wilderness” and it is used by the Natural…


Added by Laura Bissell on January 10, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Research on Display

On 22nd May David and I were invited to curate aspects of our commuting project for the first Research on Display event at the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. We delivered a paper on "Rhythmic Routes" and the display was exhibited for a month in the…


Added by Laura Bissell on May 31, 2014 at 3:30 — No Comments

Walking Gourock to Glasgow: Reimagining my Commute

Laura Bissell

(Be)Coming to Glasgow: Reimagining my commute

“One must start by leaving open spaces of experimentation, search, transition: becoming-nomads.” (Braidotti, 2011:164)

The idea of reimagining my commute initially seemed driven by the desire to propel myself from the starting point of my home in Innellan, Argyll,…


Added by Laura Bissell on April 9, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments

Theatre and the Nomadic Subject - A Mobile Train Conference 7-11th April Helsinki to Rovaniemi

Today David Overend and I presented a paper about our recent commuting project entitled

"Rhythmic Routes: Developing a nomadic performance practice for the daily commute". It has been a really exciting few days so far. Here is the programme for the event:

Monday 7 April – Helsinki

17.00- 20.00 Opening session at Lavaklubi (cellar bar of the Finnish National Theatre, Läntinen teatterikuja 1)

Tuesday 8 April – Train Helsinki –…


Added by Laura Bissell on April 9, 2014 at 15:58 — No Comments

Reimagining my Commute - The Journey in Signs







Added by Laura Bissell on April 9, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

David Overend Walks Route 77

Walking Route 77

March 2014 

Driving between Glasgow and Ayr several times a week, I was in danger of becoming Tim Edensor’s stereotypical…


Added by David Overend on March 25, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Imagining Travel

Paper presented at Into the New Symposium, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Arches, Glasgow, January 2014

My journey begins with what Laura Watts (2008) calls ‘imagined desire’ - a vision of flying across the Atlantic Ocean, exploring a new city in temperatures down to the minus 20s. I am travelling as co-director of Bullet Catch by Rob Drummond; a touring theatre show produced by the Arches. Together with Rob and our…


Added by David Overend on February 17, 2014 at 19:37 — No Comments

São Paulo, June 2013


After a particularly uncomfortable and severely delayed two-day journey from Charleston to São Paulo, we slump down with a beer in a hotel bar and attempt to wind down. This is the reality of touring theatre – far from home, exhausted and disoriented, desperate for a drink. We have been travelling from place to place for almost three months…


Added by David Overend on September 25, 2013 at 9:49 — No Comments

World Wide Wandering

E found that early attempts at wandering through Paris and London were frequently thwarted by the irresistible pull of the iPhone Maps application. How could e follow the psychogeographical contours of the city when the multinational data gatherers had been there already, rendering the streets and boulevards hopelessly knowable and searchable? Leaving the technology at home seemed disingenuous; a desperate nostalgic hankering for a bygone age before mobile internet. The city was no longer…


Added by David Overend on December 2, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

David Overend is Misguided in Ayr

Eight walkers assembled behind the train station for the second walk of the day. A smaller group than earlier, but all eager and willing to be misguided by Phil Smith, who had never visited Ayr before. Phil selected three walkers to carry unidentified objects, wrapped in tea towels, and over the course of the afternoon three rocks were revealed. The first was…


Added by David Overend on November 28, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

David Overend attends the launch of Community Spirit

The crew of Community Spirit at the launch event in Emsworth, Hampshire

I was drawn to this project from the beginning. Following progress online, I watched the collection and selection of hundreds of wooden objects, the design of the vessel, and the collective construction process taking place in a boat shed in…


Added by David Overend on August 22, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Adrian Howells discusses the impact of travelling on his evolving arts practice

This text is from Adrian’s contribution to the Making Routes launch event at the Arches in Glasgow on 23/09/11…


Added by David Overend on October 5, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Ishbel McFarlane shares her first impressions of performing Even in Edinburgh/Glasgow

First impressions of things I learned from doing my show Even in Edinburgh/Glasgow on the train between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011:…


Added by David Overend on September 12, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

David Overend explores pathways in performance

My direction? Anywhere. Because one is always nearer by not keeping still.…


Added by David Overend on April 16, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

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