Text and Images by Clara Boulard,
The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) was launched in 2015 by member of the UAL Research Centre for Sustainable Fashion and UAL Chair of Art and the Environment Professor Lucy Orta and coordinated by CSF Associate Curator Camilla Palestra.
Clara Boulard from the MRes Moving Image course at Central Saint Martins was selected for this years’ AER 2017 Residency at the Associazione Culturale dello Scompiglio, Tuscany, Italy. Clara reports back to the Postgraduate Community at UAL here:
Under the influence – immaginazione
When I arrived at Pisa airport I had no idea where I was going to. It was part of my process to not research too much about the area and discover it with my own eyes and through my body, during the residency.
In the car I was hypnotized by the landscape that became more and more natural leaving the city and its buildings behind us. The Tenuta Dello Scompiglio where I was going to spend two weeks, is an area of 200 Hectares situated in the Vorno Hills, in the Tuscan region of Italy. Historically the estate was a self-sufficient farm, cultivating olives, vines and fruit. Nowadays it is still running as a farm producing wine, olive oil and vegetables that are consumed in the restaurant on the estate. Plus, a gallery space and a theater have been constructed to present art work, as installation or dance, music performance.