From deserts to mountains, to infinity and beyond, Anna Samson charts the fascinating world of female explorers…
Picture an explorer. Let a cartoon quickly sketch itself into your mind. The khaki shirt tucked into khaki shorts with a thick brown leather belt, rolled down socks and a water bottle. The Panama hat. Is it a man? It’s probably a man.
If we were not so familiar with the image of truth that is the globe, how would we choose to map our world? This image of the green and blue ball floating in the blackness has been validated by so much within our culture – from those remarkable photos taken from space to the virtual landscape that is Google earth. I am not condemning this, but I am suggesting that commitment to this template has lead to a situation where our minds are bound to it as the only logical solution. But, we would be mistaken to believe that this is the only way to present the world, that this commitment to “objective” truth really is all a map could offer us. If we decided to shift our goals, blur them a little, perhaps everything could get a bit more interesting.
Forget faraway shores – you can learn a lot by exploring where you come from, says Anna Samson.
I’m Scottish but I live in London now, and have done for a while. And I’m mostly happy here – I’ve fallen hard for the cavernous museums, spicy street food and clubs that don’t close until the trains have started again. I’ve nestled in the corner of a tower block, and I’m in the city for the long run.
But Scotland has a habit of always managing to drag me back. Sometimes it feels like a weary mother tugging me back by the collar, sometimes it’s like a friend who turns up at your door on a Friday night with an already open bottle of Glen’s and a glint in their eye; either way, after a few months of being down the road, I always have to come home.
Wildlife is something that a lot of people do not explore despite it being so close. As more and more of us move to cities we become increasingly detached from nature and the natural world we used to be so content with. Recently, I joined Jennie and class at Charter House Aquatics (FYI it’s free to just pop in and have a snoop about) in London for a drawing class as a pre-Teleman gig activity and was infatuated by the lax atmosphere to roam free, use any of the drawing materials and admire the sea creatures. Before painting we were walked around the tanks and informed of the fascinating habitats and conservation issues surrounding certain species.
The year I graduated from university, I was a shell of a person. I was suffering from the stress of university life and it had triggered feelings of depression and anxiety. I had a lot of good stuff in my life, a caring boyfriend and good friends, I was studying a subject I loved and I lived by the sea. But somewhere along the way I had lost myself.
Clare Marcie interviews Isobel McArthur about her latest project, How To Sing It, debuting at the Tron Theatre later this week.
So what is this ‘How to Sing it’ show then?
Isobel: It is a show about my accents. I have more than one. And they’re my natural accents, places that my voice goes to throughout a conversation. They embody all these different sounds and places because of my mixed heritage, not all that mixed, all that exotic really, but it spans England and Scotland, to put it in broad and simpler terms.
Each month, we build TYCI’s web content around a different theme and our June theme will be EXPLORATION.
Summer is here (sort of – most of us at TYCI live in Glasgow so the concept of summer is always a bit rainy so it’s all relative). What are you doing with your summer? What adventures are you going on, or what great adventures have you been on before that you’d like to tell us about?