The Last Days of Nowhereisland
7th - 9th September 2012, Bristol
For the final stop of its tour, Nowhereisland journeyed under Clifton Suspension Bridge and entered Bristol via the harbour lock to moor in Cumberland Basin, with its Embassy parked on the harbourside.
This final weekend included performances, a citizen march, live music, film screenings and a final farewell.
FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
Bristol artists including Marie Toseland, Helena Haimes, Claire Thornton, Motorcade Flashparade and Bristol Diving School joined the citizen march through the city to Cumberland Basin.
The Bristol Ensemble performed conducted by ‘Maestro’ mathematician, and Nowhereisland Resident Thinker, Marcus du Sautoy.
Bristol Speakers Corner performed the Nowhereisland constitution.
Kayaking Odyssey - the world record for circumnavigating a number of countries as well as a series of open water crossings including the North Atlantic began with the team starting their amazing feat of endurance with kayaking around Nowhereisland.
Five writers, artists and researchers offered personal responses to Nowhereisland in a salon-style discussion event exploring connections between habitation and wilderness, belonging and isolation.
SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
THE LAST DAYS OF NOWHEREISLAND
10am - 5pm
ss Great Britain
A Situations event in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Alex Hartley was joined for a day-long special event to mark the final weekend of Nowhereisland by artists, poets and writers Philip Hoare, Tim Etchells, Salena Godden, Keith Wilson, geographer Tim Cresswell, constitutional lawyer Carl Gardner and scholar of utopia, Richard Noble,, to explore Nowhereisland as utopian dream, direct action and a landscape on the move.
SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER - FAREWELL
The island departed with music by trumpeter Rob Webb
ARTIST FILM PROGRAMME
A rolling programme of artist films featuring work by Charles and Ray Eames, Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rosa Barba and Ben Rivers ran throughout the weekend. Download the film programme notes.