End of the World Garden is a two-acre forest garden site in Cornwall UK, cultivated over the last fifteen years by artist Paul Chaney. The project opened in 2016 as a platform for durational transdisciplinary research exploring dark ecologies, late capitalist land politics, and potential agrarian futurisms. The site hosts a programme of residential seminars, public events, practical workshops, and participatory art commissions.
EotWG is situated five miles from Falmouth in Cornwall, UK. The site is fully autonomous for energy and water. A mix of traditional and perennial horticultures provide raw materials for on-site catering, and biofuel planted twelve years ago is now mature enough to provide site-grown fuel for cooking etc. A selection of agricultural buildings house educational/workshop spaces, and camping facilities allow visitors to engage in a year-round programme of activities.
Land use, food security, and the impact of shifting geopolitics and collapse of ecological systems through climate change are pressing contemporary issues which challenge traditional relations between the rural and the urban. There is a developing focus away from urban centres onto the regions, driven by a growing awareness of sustainability issues, and the disintegration of urban social structures under the strain of property speculation. The ‘countryside’ can no longer be seen as a retreat, utopia, or site of romantic contemplation; a rethinking of rural space will play a crucial role in conceiving a future beyond the current crises. EotWG provides a dynamic space in which to develop new thinking and practice, to open up dialogues between a local hub and wider international academic and art communities, and to reimagine the relation between local site and global discourse.
Inclusivity, learning, and participation are important elements of the EotWG ethos. Far from simply providing another anonymous institutional space, EotWG will invite visitors and contributors to actively engage with the site, living off-grid during events, participating in seasonal activities under the guidance of experienced horticulturalists, and contributing to food preparation and outdoor cooking under the guidance of professional chefs. This hands-on approach will provide the experiential ground for ongoing transdisciplinary explorations, a combination of theoretical and practical engagement.
Paul Chaney – director, lead artist (paulchaney.co.uk).
Field Notes – curatorial collective based in Falmouth, Cornwall (fieldnotes.org.uk).
Bram Thomas Arnold – performance artist and educator (bramthomasarnold.com).
Dominic Bailey – chef/restaurant manager specialising in locally-source wild food.
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