Field Trip Observation Poetry Psychogeography

At the hinterland of Hinterland



through the darkness

silent pilgrims

a procession of light


at the threshold of sight

water weaves through

forest murmurs






material tracings

interior auras




angles open

to the moon




stacked sounds

in flickering windows







a chorus in walls

trumpet of light




in the hidden corner

beyond the shadows

new beginnings

a statement of intent



Hinterland, took place over the period 18 – 27 March 2016 at Kilmahew/St Peters, near Cardross.  The pioneering, environmental arts organisation, NVA, conceived a site-specific intervention on the abandoned modernist ruin of St Peter’s Seminary, and surrounding landscape, as part of a long-term project to re-imagine and bring part of the building back into functional use as an arts venue. St Peter’s Seminary was designed by Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan of the architectural practice Gillespie, Kidd & Coia. The building opened in 1966 as a training college for Roman Catholic priests, but by the late 1980s, dwindling numbers of priesthood recruits led to the building being abandoned and falling into a ruinous state. Architecturally, the building was heavily influenced by Le Corbusier and it is widely acknowledged as a modernist building of international significance.

2 replies on “At the hinterland of Hinterland”

Thanks Alex and likewise enjoyed yours with the perspective of having visited it in its previous state. Thought Hinterland as an event was superb and as you say will be interesting to see how the building is used in future.

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