Wallace wrote and produced ‘the sea cannot be depleted‘, a spoken word and sound piece for online and radio broadcast about the sea, about how a sense of place evolves with the changing forces of the sea and about the military dumping of depleted uranium into the Solway Firth.
Listen online at theseacannotbedepleted.net
When the Future Comes / The Future Machine
Wallace is one of the artists working with Rachel Jacobs on ‘When the Future Comes’.
In each of our places across England, we are investigating how, with a changing climate, the future is perceived and what ceremonies are needed, now and over the next decades.
Wallace and Rachel will work, as possible, at Tilberthwaite and the Crake Valley, and at Haverthwaite and the River Leven, Cumbria. spring – summer 2021.
See Rachels’ blog for The Future Machine / A Retreat in Place.
Funded by Arts Council England and Nottingham University.
There will be five human generations between 2020 and 2140, the year by which the Sellafield site is to be decommissioned, its purposes changed and its legacies cast. Each generation will make decisions on this future while enduring unpredictable ecological changes and uncertain political, economic and technological conditions.
Wallace’s three sculptures play with the iconic architecture and industrial shapes of Sellafield to create metaphoric ‘fonts’.
The exhibition is supported by the University of Manchester’s Beam research network and the Dalton Nuclear Institute and is funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).
Recent work includes
‘Desire Lines’ at Crow Park, Keswick, Cumbria
Wallace and Rebecca hosted four online writing workshops, focussed on Crow Park: An Archaeology of the Future, Eating the Landscape, Writing a Crow, and Objects and Inhabitants.
Wallace, Rebecca and the poet and artist Maya Chowdhury held an online conversation: Slippery Time and Other-than-Human Perspectives.
The project continues through the spring and summer: rebeccabeinart.info
Becoming Earthly experimental learning space at The Barn, Banchory, Scotland
Wallace was one of four artists and philosophers leading online ‘learning sessions’ delving into how to ‘become earthly’, in Bruno Latour’s words, how to live in the thin skin of the earth that is the atmosphere and topsoil on which life depends.
The sessions were for artists who want to further develop their work in art and ecology.
Wallace was asked to address the question: ‘How do we care? An exploration of shame and play’ in her session in early September.
The other session leaders are: John Newling, artist; Johan Siebers, philosopher; Paolo Maccagno, anthropologist and Feldenkrais practitioner.
Becoming Earthly is curated by The Barn’s Head of Programme Simone Stewart, and members of the Becoming Earthly Steering Group.
With Mark Toogood (Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Central Lancashire) and Claire Waterton (Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University), Wallace researches the work of women scientists at the Freshwater Biological Association, Far Sawrey, Windermere. Their latest article, ‘Women Scientists and the Freshwater Biological Association 1929-1950’, is published in the Archives of Natural History. 47:1, April 2020, p. 16-28.
Council on the Uncertain Human Future : With Prof Pauline Phemister and Revd Dr Harriet Harris, MBE, from Edinburgh University and Prof Sarah Buie from Clark University, Mass., she has organised and facilitated a series of Councils on the Uncertain Human Future, on the climate emergencies, for Edinburgh University. She is now undertaking a feasibility study for taking the Council process into other sectors, funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, USA.
Wallace’s essay, ‘Theatre, conflict and nature‘ for the Green Letters journal Vol 20:2016, is included in the Routledge book publication, Performance and Ecology. What Can Theatre Do? (2018). The journal is behind a paywall and the hardback book is exorbitantly priced. A paperback version is due to be published in December 2020. If you would like to read the essay, please get in touch.