Art of Climbing Trees  

Art and ideas of Henrik G Dahle and collaborators.

I am currently finishing a book, working on a new interactive project that deals with extinction and fitting out a 2000 Mercedes bus that will become my home and studio. My main interests are rewilding and biodiversity protection, peace and transition away from a poison based neo-conservative growth economy. I'm excited about the Extinction Rebellion, planting trees and publishing three books.

I'm basing my philosophy on this:

UTOPIA: It is an important idea because it is a way of thinking afresh not only about what society ought to be, but what it will need to be, for it is argued that the world has become too dangerous for anything less than Utopia.
– David Fleming, Lean Logic – A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive it.

I've changed the name of this hub website from Gauntlett and Son (which it has been for years), to worldgeneralstrike.org. It's a domain name I bought some years ago with big plans and I've since done nothing with it. Given the urgent scenario we find ourselves in, it was time to use it, and it sets the tone for where I'm coming from. A world general strike would be peaceful non-compliance with a destructive system. If you want to use the domain name for a real World General Strike then get in touch. And for anything else:

contact [ a t ] worldgeneralstrike dot com
(UK phone) +44 (0) seven761eight05900


Extinction Ceremonies
Extinction Ceremonies is an ongoing project. The participative installation is open for commissions. The website is here.

Bus StagesAs I was saying... the bus is now finished, and that story will be coming soon to the blog. This space should give me more time to finish my books and other dreams (instead of chasing extortionate amounts of money for accomodation). My main book project is Art of Climbing Trees – based on a diary that I kept between May 2010 and May 2011. During this time I climbed a tree every day and I had conversations with over 80 people in ten different countries - in trees. It continues to be a walkabout and it is my slow offering in response to urgent times. The project website is artofclimbingtrees.net and instagram.

The montage at the top of the page is a piece for Art of Climbing Trees.

Other past and current projects include some of the following...

 

 
Say When (2019)
Made with the aim of contributing to Extinction Rebellion and using footage from the film below. A short version can be seen here.

Rebel For... (2019)
Music: Mesadorm
Hand: Ross Styants
Guy: Me (and editor)
Sea cam 1st unit: Jacob Parish

EggEgg Mountain (2016)

New montages are ready for exhibition after a 15 year paper cutting sabbatical. Find some old and new material here.

If you can spare a further 90 seconds then turn the sound up and watch this film – made in collaboration with David Bekkevold. It's getting old but it's still one of my favourites:

Our Satisfying Conclusion (2012)

I've been making layered prints using a block carved by Puneet Dadu in Jaipur, and inspired by the rings of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, (that students set on fire in 2010, in protest of new tuition fees). It's a tree that I climbed before it was cut down in Nordmarka, Oslo.

I'll be exhibiting these when they're ready.

Art-of-Climbing-Trees-cover
Art-of-Climbing-Trees-cover

I've been writing this book for several years now so every now and again I'll get the urge to design a new cover. These are three of them.

The first of these features a beautiful illustration by artist Anna Widen. We also climbed a tree together and our conversation will be found in the book.

More bits of design I've done for work and pleasure here.

Art-of-Climbing-Trees-cover

In case we fail...nothingnearly nothingnothing

 


I only have one hobby which is tinkering with sound. I started The Moon Responded by fiddling around with a music app on my phone. Five years, six music programs and several collaborators later and I decided the piece was finished. Rewilder is the project name for this hobby music; it's my 'band' name, and someone who rewilds is a role I'd like to promote.

This is the first and only available track from the album Oxygen Catastrophe Festival. Perhaps in 10 years the album will be finished – just before the collapse of civilisation.

The video has been made using many of the 3300 photographs of circles I took between 2013-2018 and features the beautiful 'leftover' close up footage Woody James shot for a short film I've yet to complete.


It's not about anything else anymore – is it?


My actor showreel _ Woody James DOP

The Gauntlett Institute's science activities bunker is hidden, but their website is not private.

For the last five years I've worked alongside Professor Gauntlett, documenting his and his colleague's achievements.

Gauntlett institute logo


Gauntlett Institute
What we always wanted

What we needed
The Last Line. A newish play by Henrik G Dahle
     

The first time I watched actors do a walk through of The Last Line, it bent my head open a bit.

It's not new any more and it needs rewriting but I like it. After several years work on this I started on the screenplay:

INC
INC. screenplay, based on The Last Line - gathering dust.


Yesterday Tomorrow is the working title for a feature script written by HG DahleAcracia. Another screenplay gathering dust.

 

Butterfant and ElephlyThe Butterfant and the Elephly

Children's story collaboration with Kaia Ødegaard and Sissel Helene Ringstad.

Free Troll
Children's story for Sophie

You can't read these books yet, I'm just showing off my prolific procrastination.


Out of date fiction showreel



Stamsund International Theatre Festival 2013 - Short Version

...Long version

Out of date doc showreel
 
Fast Forward (trailer) made for myfuturemychoice.co.uk

I like wikipedia.
Wikireadings is a project I got excited about and then had to set aside (for the time being?)


WikiReadings



With artists Richard Shepherd and Catherine Barclay

 
Films I've made with Angus Barr of
Publicktransport theatre company.



With artist Helen Plumb


 





Pop stars video i made

Pop stars video i made
   
 

 

More, or less coming soon