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MEMORIOUS EARTH

A Richardson & R Skelton

156 x 234mm
ISBN 978-0-9572121-7-6
Softcover
128pp

Date of publication: July 2015

Production Details:

300gsm uncoated cover
140gsm uncoated interior
Perfect bound

Archive Box:

CD-R / DVD-R
Now This Terrestrial Sea booklet
Six photographic prints
Folded map
Glass phial 'song of minutiae'
Numbered colophon card
Unique poem-card print

Edition of 20

Over the past half-decade, Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton have made a series of collaborative artworks, publications and editions about the upland landscapes of south-western Cumbria, in northern England. Key to their work has been the development of the list-poem, which, at its most fundamental, magnifies the act of attention and the facility of language, through naming, to refer to things, places - to life itself. The texts they assemble frequently contain material drawn from a variety of sources: pollen diagrams, dialect glossaries, cartographic records, archaeological tracts - but their repurposing of this material as art is deeply humane, aimed at drawing the attention towards the lost, forgotten or overlooked. It celebrates the poetry and beauty that such attention can reveal, and gently urges each of us towards a more intimate relationship with our natural surroundings.

In January of 2015, Lakeland Arts staged an exhibition of their work at Abbot Hall and Blackwell, under the title Memorious Earth : A Longitudinal Study. The show incorporated printed matter, artefacts, assemblages, music and film from the previous five years, along with new works, including a wolf skeleton focal piece, generously loaned from Kendal Museum.

Memorious Earth is a beautifully produced 128-page book documenting the artists' Cumbrian work over the past half-decade. More than simply a retrospective catalogue, it incorporates all their previously published (and now out-of-print) text works alongside full colour photographs, notes and bibliographies. Crucially, it also adds two new poem sequences, Of the Elm Decline and The Medicine Earth, which situate their earlier, field-oriented studies into an oblique mythopoeic narrative of environmental succession, incorporating material from a wide-ranging sources, including herbal texts and Old English leechdoms.

Full print contents:

i. Wolf Notes (2010)
ii. A List of Probable Flora (2013)
iii. Relics (2013)
iv. Wolfhou (2013)
v. Of the Elm Decline (2015)
vi. The Medicine Earth (2015)

The book is accompanied by a download card for a multi-album 'archive' of all extant '*AR' recordings made during the past half decade. To these is added a new recording - the soundtrack to a film, also entitled Memorious Earth, which will be screened at a number of events over the summer months.

Full audio contents:

i. Wolf Notes (2010)
ii. Succession (2013)
iii. Echoless (2013)
iv. Diagrams for the Summoning of Wolves (2015)
v. Memorious Earth (2015)

In addition to the standard edition, comprising the book + download card, there is also a limited edition, which includes a CD-R of the new *AR recording.

To commemorate its release, Corbel Stone Press has also produced a special 'archive box' in an edition of just twenty exemplars, containing a variety of media, prints and artefacts. This edition comes with a signed edition of the Memorious Earth book:

- An *AR Memorious Earth CD-R
- A DVD-R containing a 720p version of the film in mpeg-4 format
- A booklet of film stills, Now This Terrestrial Sea
- Six A5 numbered photographic prints
- A folded map of the Dunnerdale fells
- A glass phial 'song of minutiae'
- A numbered colophon card
- A unique poem-card print

ARCHIVE BOX
Edition of 20
(Signed Book + DL + Boxed Edition)

80 {+ shipping/handling}

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STANDARD EDITION
Edition of 400
(Book + DL)

15 {+ shipping/handling}

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CD-R EDITION
Edition of 100
(Book + DL + *AR Memorious Earth CD-R)

20 {+ shipping/handling}

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