A collaboration with Tommy Perman and Rob St John to create a film and sound installation exploring how peatlands change through time

Rose collaborated with artists and musicians Tommy Perman and Rob St John to create STACKS – an installation exploring how peatlands have changed through time. The project was commissioned by the South West Peatland Partnership to expand understanding of peatlands in the context of peatland recovery programmes.

Bringing together their combined knowledge of archaeology, ecology and the arts, Rose, Tommy and Rob worked with the SWPP to create an interactive film and sound narrative using footage recorded on Dartmoor and Bodmin, and interviews with the SWPP team. The STACKS installation is online, and visitors can create their own combinations of film stacks; stratigraphies of narrative through time. The installation is going to be exhibited at locations around peatlands of Exmoor, Dartmoor, Bodmin and West Penwith, as well as other UK peatlands and research institutes.

Rose, Rob and Tommy were interested in how their creative response to peatlands, and how they developed techniques that grew from from the particular archaeological, ecological and cultural narratives of peat. You can hear them talk about this on a special podcast through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and more (see info on STACKS website). You can also find blogs by Rob St John about making the films and sound.

STACKS was featured on Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 in June 2023.