Research during Locator Workshop led by Simon
Tyconol Woods & Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire,
To investigate the making of a bivouac, a temporary
shelter, in nature.
To explore the bivouac as an imagined exoskeleton.
I found myself awakening very old instincts
in the body. Somewhere deep down the body remembers
how to protect itself in the wild. First I looked
for a location that naturally could serve as a
bed. I found a ledge of rock and a tree beside.
I used this as a frame from which to build. I
then made a skeleton from branches, like an inverted
boat frame, and I filled in the spaces with leaves
and smaller branches until I had created a shell
of wood and foliage. Inside I made more cushioning
with leaves and grasses. I crawled inside and
imagined myself as a soft creature just to be
born. I lay there for a period of timelessness.
I lay naked and slowly birthed myself out, out
into the open world.
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