The Howff Project (Book)

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The Howff Project presents an art project by artist Tim Knowles who worked over a period of 2 years exploring and building hidden shelters in the Scottish landscape.

 

Howff - A Scottish word describing an abode, tavern, familiar haunt or shelter.

 

The Howff Project utilises various features, structures and characteristics that exist in the landscape as staring points for a range of site-specific shelters. Adopting, adapting, modifying and reconfiguring these spaces to playfully create a series of unique hidden shelters providing refuge in remote areas.

 

A network of hidden site-specific shelters, dispersed across the Scottish landscape designed and built by Tim Knowles - each shelter, it's concept and the process of it's making is revealed. A specially commissioned essay by anthropologist and author Tim Ingold explores ideas around shelter. A survey of existing shelters – especially alternative, hidden and secret shelters. A text by Deveron Projects director Claudia Zieske examines issues around land use, ownership and access. Additional comment on mountain bothies from Rachel Hunt of University of Edinburgh.

 

As well presenting an art project the book could be seen in part as a loose guide to the various bothies and shelters of Aberdeenshire, a critique of land use and access.

 

Visually rich the publication contains over 100 of Knowles' stunning photographs and drawings, documenting his travels though lowlands and mountains of Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorms in winter and summer – in sun, rain and snow...

Beauticully capturing the landscape, existing shelters and Knowles' hidden Howffs.

 

 

Anecdotes detail Tim Knowles' experiences exploring and spending prolonged periods out in the Scottish hills and mountains of the Cairngorms, descriptions of the shelters and the process of their making..

 

British Artist Tim Knowles lives and works in Bristol.

His work is exhibited widely in the UK and internationally and he has been commissioned to present temporary works and events in major cities around the world. Current and Blind Bridge for Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Restoration Project, City Of Calgary, (CANADA), The Dynamics of Drifting at Hestercombe House, Somerset, (UK),   And what, for example, am I now seeing? Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, Paris, (FRANCE) and Precarious Nature, COCA, Christchurch, (NEW ZEALAND). Dispersal Zone, a large scale temporary public work commissioned for Nuit Blanche Toronto (CANADA) and Force-Fire, a project commissioned by Timespan for the 2015 Helmsdale Highland Games (SCOTLAND).

Knowles' artwork explores motion and chance; frequently the work involves movement through the landscape and often employs external forces to shape and direct the work in unknown ways, beyond the artist's control.

The Howff Project utilises various features, structures and characteristics that exist in the landscape as staring points for a range of site-specific shelters. Adopting, adapting, modifying and reconfiguring these spaces to playfully create a series of unique hidden shelters providing refuge in remote areas.

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