A site specific reinterpretation of the 70’s American urban disco experience.
‘Fantastic and surreal’
‘Stunning and atmospheric’Audience feedback
SuperNature was an immersive public arts experience that fused 1970’s disco with a woodland setting to create a unique 2 day event. The audience were taken into a stunning woodland at dusk, through interactive installations, meeting disco themed animal characters and learning a sequence of funky dance moves. Finally the audience arrived at a nightclub entrance where they donned disco outfits and were lead to a spectacular full size solar powered dance floor deep in the woods.
Although the work was on the surface playful, the artists were fascinated by exploring a collision of cultures and environments. The event offered a contemporary art experience in which audiences become a primary component of the work, interacting with performance artists, the installations and the woodland. The event combined a light up dance floor designed and built by the collective with light installations, performance, dance and sound.
Collective Nonsense worked in partnership with The Balloch Wood Community Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council to develop Balloch Woods as the setting for this imaginative public arts event. The event increased opportunities in a rural and under resourced area for the local community to access exciting contemporary art. This innovative project by Collective Nonsense involved local people, artists and organisations working together to create a truly memorable event and a lasting legacy for the woodlands of structural improvements and community involvement. SupeNature was Commissioned by Spring Fling. 2008
‘We need more of this in our lives, magic’BBC Radio Scotland
Photography Kirstin McMahon
Young people from the local village were invited to work with the artists to develop specific roles and costumes and to become part of the performance element of the event. Dance workshops were run for primary age children in the local school.
The workshops provided opportunities to participate in contemporary art experiences (lacking in this area of SW Scotland) and helped to break down barriers to participation such as lack of confidence. CN also hoped to challenge of traditional perceptions of what art is and who it is for.