people on the green bridge looking down at the River Leven

The Windermere-Leven Watershed, Cumbria

Writer, philosopher and artist Wallace Heim is collaborating with the Future Machine, Rachel Jacobs and people living along the Cumbrian watersheds, leading to a meeting by the waters. 

When We Met By The Water
October 2022

Future Machine travelled to The Lakes School on the shores of Lake Windermere, meeting students from the school. We met by a dry stone wall at the edge of the playground, next to a stream that flows down to the lake and the students witnessed the moment, spoke to the future, listened to the sounds of the weather and messages from the past.

When We Met By The River
October 2021

Over the summer, we asked people to spend time on their own in a place that is significant to them along a beck, a river or a lake that flows into Windermere and then into the River Leven and out to sea. While they were in that place, we asked people to consider ideas and questions relating to the full community, to the future and to environmental changes. Prompts came from writings prepared by Wallace, inviting each person to imagine future possibilities in their own way. 

We got together in early October, to exchange experiences, hold a conversation, and share a meal. The Future Machine was in attendance then, as witness and as a way to speak to the future.

A Retreat By The River

Since the Covid-19 lockdown Wallace Heim and Rachel Jacobs have been recording their experiences of being in lockdown by the River Leven in Cumbria and on the River Lea in London.

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