Dougie Strang gives the keynote performance in the first evening. Here’s what Dougie says about himself:
I create live installations and performances, mostly out of doors and embedded within the landscape. I try to use natural materials and employ low-tech effects: candles, firelight and acoustic sound rather than diesel generators and PA systems. I’m particularly interested in exploring the relationship between humans and, what the writer David Abram calls, the ‘more than human world’. As such, my work could be described as ecological in both practice and purpose.
I’m drawn to making ephemeral art: found performances, glimpsed out of the corner of the eye, pieces of magic injected unexpectedly into people’s lives. I have a background in the study of Folklore, Folk Art and Traditional Cosmology, with an MA from Edinburgh University. This continues to provide a rich source of material for my work.
I am a member of the Dark Mountain Project’s organising collective and co-director of Base Camp, its main gathering. I curate Carrying the Fire, an annual event, and am a participant in the Playing for Time project and a contributing editor of Bella Caledonia.
I live in SW Scotland by the River Ae with my wife, the poet Em Strang, and our children.
Dougie has a number of performance pieces in his repertoire, including teine èiginn, the playful Rannoch Wolf, and the piece he will perform for us, Badger Dissonance. Although there are brushes with political conversations in the work, his work is probably better thought of as about the conversations we have with the natural world and others who inhabit it.