Deep Time and Future-Pasts in Gully Cave

Helen Billinghurst, Laura Bissell, Catherine Dunn, Jamie Lorimer, David Overend, Jack Reed, Phil Smith

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract / Description of output

Gully Cave in Ebbor Gorge, Somerset, England, is a site of palaeoecological significance. Noted for its substantial Pleistocene deposits, the site has been home to a variety of vanished species, including Auroch, Spotted Hyena and Arctic Fox, as well as evidencing hominin inhabitation. The deposits currently span from the Middle Devensian (around 45,000 years ago) to early Holocene periods (10,000 years ago). In November 2021, a small team of interdisciplinary researchers and artists visited Gully Cave. Through embodied co-presence with people, place, and more-than-human ecologies, we undertook a journey through deep time. We explored the origin of the cave and imagined what it might have looked like to those gone before; for those who called the cave home. This short film was developed during our visit. It explores deep time and future-pasts through a cacophony of voices and creative expressions, and perhaps most of all, adds yet one more layer to the story of Gully Cave.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2022
EventScottish Society of Artists: Annual Exhibition 2022 - Edinburgh
Duration: 17 Dec 202210 Jan 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Anthropocene
  • Deep time
  • Ebbor Gorge
  • Extinction
  • Palaeoecology
  • Performance fieldwork


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