Outlandia is an off-grid artists’ fieldstation, a treehouse imagined by artists London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson) and designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, situated in Glen Nevis, opposite Ben Nevis. It is performative architecture that immerses its occupants in a particular environment, provoking creative interaction between artists and the land. This book explores the relationship between place and forms of thought and creative activity, relating Outlandia and the artists there to the tradition of generative thinking and making structures that have included Goethe’s Gartenhaus in Weimar, Henry Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond and Dylan Thomas’s writing shack in Laugharne. Based on a series of residencies and radio broadcasts produced by London Fieldworks in collaboration with Resonance 104.4fm, the Remote Performances project enabled twenty invited artists to consider and engage in transmissions, sound performances and dialogues on their artmaking strategies immersed in this specific rural environment of mountain, forest and river; flora and fauna. Some artists engaged in dialogue with people living and working in the area with a range of specialisms and experience in, for examples, forestry, mountain culture, wildlife, tourism, and local history. This book explores the ways in which being in the field impacts on artists and permeates through to the artworks they create. It considers the relationship between geography and contemporary art and artists’ use of maps and fieldwork. It charts these artists’ explorations of the ecological and cultural value of the natural environment, questioning our perceptions and relationships to landscape, climate and their changes. The book is an inspiring collection of ways to think differently about our relationship with the changing natural environment. The book includes essays by Jo Joelson, Francis McKee, Tracey Warr and Bruce Gilchrist, and texts, images and drawings by the artists: Bram Thomas Arn

chapter |10 pages


ByJo Joelson

chapter 1|4 pages

A Survey of the Terrain

ByFrancis McKee

chapter 3|4 pages

Like Like

ByMichael Pedersen

chapter 4|8 pages

Selections from The Hut Book

ByAlec Finlay

chapter 5|4 pages

From a Train


chapter 6|6 pages

The Sound of Lochaber

ByLondon Fieldworks, Mark Vernon

chapter 7|12 pages

Geo Graphy

ByTracey Warr

chapter 8|8 pages

There's a Monster in the Nest-box

ByClair Chinnery

chapter 9|6 pages

In Search of Silence

ByLisa O’Brien

chapter 10|4 pages

Composing with Place

ByKirsteen Davidson Kelly

chapter 11|4 pages

A Sense of Distance

ByLee Patterson

chapter 12|6 pages

Notes for a Video

ByBenedict Drew

chapter 13|8 pages

The Contemporary Remote

ByBruce Gilchrist

chapter 14|9 pages

Second Sketch for Ascent and Descent

ByEd Baxter

chapter 15|4 pages

Euphonium at Sea

BySarah Kenchington

chapter 16|8 pages

Notes After a Week of Wandering

ByBram Thomas Arnold

chapter 17|16 pages

Echo. Genius Loci

ByRuth Barker

chapter 18|12 pages

Into Outlandia

ByJohny Brown

chapter 19|10 pages


ByTony White

chapter 20|6 pages

Endnotes on Remoteness

ByClair Chinnery, Lisa O’Brien, Bram Thomas Arnold