Year of the Typewriter
Year of the Typewriter responds to a challenge by ecology writer Paul Kingsnorth to cast landscape as the lead character in stories. The response of Playwright Kendra Fanconi to this challenge was to rig up an old typewriter as a backpack and go out into wild places with the idea of translating what landscape has to say. A first workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts in October 2016 explored this concept and opened up other avenues of exploration: interspecies arts collaborations with native species and ideas for translating the voice of place. It ties in with a longstanding interest in West-Coast voice and vision, but with a more specific and rigorous focus. It turns from the technological and to a simpler, more direct, ‘by-hand’ aesthetic.
Following the Banff research and experimentation week, which is a very different kind of landscape, The Only Animal is now bringing the project back to B.C. with plans to set up a few sateillite offices in natural places with the idea of keeping ‘office hours’ in place, and meeting the landscape through time and weather for this year. These ‘office’ locations will be public also, and the place where biologists and naturalists and artists can begin to meet the place.