Chris Watson and Iain Pate

Composed by Chris Watson and produced by Iain Pate, Hrafn: Conversations with Odin was realised at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland on 24, 25 and 26 October 2014.

Their multi-channel, spatialised sound installation features the remarkable, and seldom witnessed, conversations of thousands of ravens returning to roost. Commissioned through the Jerwood Open Forest initiative, this significant new work explores art in the environment and highlights the scope of how contemporary visual artists are engaging with the environment today.

Hrafn; Conversations with Odin took place in Kielder Water & Forest Park on 24, 25 and 26 October 2014 with one performance each day. Audiences were led at twilight on a short walk into the deepest part of the forest. Settling down as darkness fell, participants heard the sounds of two thousand birds arriving in the canopy overhead to begin their conversations. Watson’s composition starts with the calls of distant ravens and concludes with a full raven roost overhead. The work anticipates and celebrates the return of these powerful voices to the forest, making a connection back to Norse mythology.


Composed by Chris Watson
Produced by Iain Pate
Spacialised Sound by Tony Myatt, University of Surrey
Technical Director, Kamal Ackarie
Tree Rigging by James Aldred, Canopy Access
Guides: Alex Watson, Chris Watson, Lewis Watson, Sarah Percy, Sian Thorpe
Design by THIS IS Studio
Illustrations courtesy Andy Greenwood

With thanks to Penny Harris, Anne Hutchinson, Alex Maclennan, Abigail Priddle, Peter Sharpe, Hayley Skipper, and Maggie Watson.

Supported by:

Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Visual Arts, Forestry Commission England, Forest Art Works, Arts Council England, Kielder Water & Forest Park, University of Surrey.