Tim Ingold, Building, Dwelling, Living
Frustrated by high property prices and a degree of homelessness in London, Tim Knowles came to research shelter and housing opportunities in the remote often described as hostile Hielan' Ways area south to Huntly.
Exploration Aids is an investigation of landscape through sculptural intervention. It incorporates existing structures of the environment and is stimulated by discussion of common property rights. The right to roam supports access to land for recreation and exercise, however, where do the realities of land ownership and use lie? While property in Britain's southern cities is expensive, the area investigated - loosely defined by the Cabrach and Glenbuchat estates, over the Cairngorm National Park between Huntly and Braemar - has many abandoned houses and dwellings. It comprises Forestry Commission land, private farmland, grouse shooting estates, absentee landowners, and National Trust/estate care. Ecologically, it features forests, grouse and moorland, cattle and crop field, as well as mountains, rivers and loch environments.