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Ocular Signals #43/52a: Image Q/2a - A Year In The Country
A Year In The Country is a set of year long journeys; cyclical explorations of an otherly pastoralism, a wandering amongst subculture that draws from the undergrowth of the land – the patterns beneath the plough, pylons and amongst the edgelands. Those wanderings take in the beauty and escape of rural pastures, intertwined with a search for expressions of an underlying unsettledness to the bucolic countryside dream; it takes in the outer reaches of folk culture and where it intermingles with the layered spectralities what has come to be known as hauntology. The resulting pathways have taken us to the likes of Nigel Kneale, The Wickerman, Electric Eden, Seasons They Change, Finders Keepers Records, Homer Sykes, In The Dark Half, The Owl Service, Broadcast, Ghost Box Records, The Changes, Wilder Mann, Kate Bush, Delia Derbyshire, The Radiophonic Workshop, John Benjamin Stone, Gone To Earth, Luke Haines, The Touchables, Penda’s Fen, Anne Briggs, John Wyndham, Katie Jane Garside, Trader Horne, Gather In The Mushrooms, Noah’s Castle, Folk Police Recordings, Detectorists, Sharron Kraus, Peter Strickland, The Tomorrow People, Phase IV, Shirley Collins… As part of the journeys of A Year In The Country we have sent out into the world a number of artifacts and audiological explorations featuring work by amongst others Polypores, Keith Seatman, Grey Frequency, United Bible Studies, Polypores, Richard Moult, Lutine, United Bible Studies, The Straw Bear Band, Listening Center, Howlround, Sproatly Smith, Time Attendant, David Colohan…