Join internationally renowned artist Ruth Maclennan in conversation with Dr Dominic Paterson, where they will screen and discuss Treeline (2021), explore Ruth's wider artistic practice, and consider how the climate emergency has irrevocably transformed ways of seeing and our understanding landscape and place – both for inhabitants, and as representation.

About Treeline

Ruth Maclennan, Treeline (2021). Single channel video with sound, 17.51 mins.

On display at the ARC from 3 - 14 April, Ruth Maclennan‘s Treeline is a collectively made film compiled from hundreds of hours of footage of forests submitted by people across the world. From a patchwork of contributions (sent in by scientists, ecologists, artists and members of the public alike), Maclennan traces a sinuous green line that stretches from the wild woods of North America to the rainforests of the Amazon to the copses of middle England and the scrublands of Africa, as well as myriad places in-between. Resembling a continuous horizontal travelling shot, Maclennan’s infinite panorama of trees is a vivid reminder of the swathes of green that continue to encircle and nourish the planet, and a powerful emblem of the shared resources and shared futures that bind people together. A paean to the beauty and majesty of trees, Treeline also echoes something of their form — putting out exploratory feelers, then drawing material from multiple sources to create an enveloping, overarching structure that is considerably more than the sum of its parts.

Co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Forestry England. Supported by John Hansard Gallery, Hunterian, University of Glasgow and Arts Council England.

Image Caption

Ruth Maclennan and Film and Video Umbrella. Footage contributed by Shona Illingworth.

  • Venue

    Advanced Research Centre

  • Room

    University of Glasgow

  • Address

    Glasgow G11 6EW, UK

  • Price

    Free / Eventbrite

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