Rachel McBrinn & Alison Scott, Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations, 25 min video, 2022

Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations is an artists’ film by Rachel McBrinn and Alison Scott commissioned by Cove Park and ACT, who together form the Argyll Climate Beacon. 

Responding to the Scottish rainforest, the film is a poetic document of collaborative learning which expands from observational documentary footage, conversations, and a critical engagement with place.

Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations was filmed across the Argyll area, taking us from the experimental mono-cultural forestry of Kilmun Arboretum, to sites of Atlantic Rainforest at Cormonachan Community Woodland, Taynish National Nature Reserve, Barnluasgan, and recent planting of native tree species at Cove Park.

The film moves from blocks of planted forest to fragmented pockets of native woodland—from one management system to another. Paying close attention to the language and history of forest management and how this might develop into the future, we ask, what is allowed to grow, and what is not?

Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations will be screening as part of The Argyll Beacon Climate Café, alongside works by Juliana Capes and Katrine Turner. The event will take place at 2:30-4:30pm on 30 May 2022 at Cove Park. The event is free and can be booked here.

A digital copy of the accompanying publication can be viewed here.