In the Summer of 2016, at the southern tip of the Ross of Mull on the west-coast of Scotland, we, Rutger Emmelkamp and Miek Zwamborn set up Knockvologan Studies, a study place without walls. The area where we will work is called Tireragan, a Gaelic word for ‘land of angry waves’.
Knockvologan Studies is a place for collaborations. We intend to work with a wide range of people in close contact with the landscape. We will invite specialists and generalists, locals and faraway friends to work with us and build a multi-facetted understanding of the land that accommodates us.
Harnessing locally found and excavated materials and ideas, influenced by tidal movements, storms, eagles and seaweed, we will explore the inter-acions between the rugged coastal landscape and the creativity of people: the fisherman, the farmer, the poet, the scientist, the philosopher and the artist.
Through collaborations and an inter-disciplinary approach we are working towards a layered understanding of the elements that make up this land. We hope to contribute to a future scenario which proves to be resilient, sustainable and enriching for both nature and culture.