An audiovisual exploration of upland ecosystems
John Wallace with Professor Pete Smith FRS, FRSE, FRSB
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About

 

The Same Hillside is the latest in an ongoing series of art-science collaborations between video artist and filmmaker John Wallace and leading climate scientist Professor Pete Smith (Soils and Global Change, University of Aberdeen).

The work begins with a recording of land-poet Valerie Gillies reading her ‘Upland Song’, which was inspired by the landscape near the sources of Annan, Tweed and Clyde.

 
 
 

About The Same Hillside

The Same Hillside is an immersive, multi-screen video installation, presented within its own, custom-built structure made from Sitka spruce grown and processed within the study area.

 
 
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An art-science collaboration

The Same Hillside is the latest in an ongoing series of art-science collaborations between video artist and filmmaker John Wallace and leading climate scientist Professor Pete Smith (Soils and Global Change, University of Aberdeen).

The work begins with a recording of land-poet Valerie Gillies reading her ‘Upland Song’, which was inspired by the landscape near the sources of Annan, Tweed and Clyde.

 
 
 

A social document

The work is constructed from over thirty hours of audio interviews with locals and experts and location footage shot during three years of intensive filming in the area.

View a short clip from The Same Hillside at CCA Glasgow / Cryptic nights

 
 

Image: Robert McFadzean

 
 
 

A connected, living artwork

The installation reacts to live data received from rainfall and river level sensors within the study area, and to historic, local traffic data from Scotland’s main road – the M74.

It is shown within its own custom-made structure built from Sitka spruce that was grown and processed in the region, kindly donated by James Jones Ltd.

Every showing of the work is accompanied by a free public lecture and debate with Professor Smith, John Wallace and invited guests.

Find out more about hosting an installation of The Same Hillside.

 
 
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Mission

The Same Hillside illustrates a range of environmental and climate change topics affecting Scotland’s resource heartland, ongoing land use change in the area. 

It is intended as provocation to discussion, debate and action on sustainability issues, and each iteration of The Same Hillside is accompanied by a public talk and debate, led by both artist and scientist, on issues raised by the work.

Exhibitions attract interest from multiple audience groups, including teachers and school children, art-seekers, farmers and outdoor workers, environmentalists and scientists.

To assist teachers, we have produced guidance and resources for educators