The inter-species communication project Oracle has expanded from alpacas to Clydesdale horses in year 2015. Clydesdale Oracle aims to ask help and advice for human kind from other species with animal telepathy – in this case from the Scottish land-race draught horses the Clydesdales. The first Clydesdale Oracle was organised in Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland on the Camp Break down Breakdown in July 2015.
The Clydesdale Oracle is a collaboration with Strathorn Farm Stable which is owned by Ruth and George Skinner. They have about 50 horses and ponies altogether, about 15 of them being Clydesdales. All of them live in herds in the surrounding, vast fields of the farm.
Clydesdales obviously have a strong relation to the theme of work. They are horses breed by humans to be very peaceful, tame and hard-working. Basically, in the times of the fossil energy, they are unemployed. There are only about 700 Clydesdales in Scotland. What do these horses have to say about work in general? What do they think about labour after the fossil era?
Clydesdale Oracle has been realised in two parts so far. Clydesdale Oracle human participants met horses Malcom and Windsor in the close by field of SSW in Lumsden. Mari Keski-Korsu lead the people to animal telepathy. The findings where then discussed together with the human group.
Earlier, the horses were asked questions by a Finnish animal communicator Maiccu Kostiainen. These questions dealt with the meaning of work; what does work mean, what is important work, what is a good means of exchange or what is sustainable economic system, how the work should be valued etc. The horses answers were transformed into an installation The Oracles (2016).
Alpaca Oracle and Clydesdale Oracle are are supported and realised in collaboration with Frontiers in Retreat -program.
Other animals are not only our loyal companions; they are our guides, our healers, our link to the simple wisdom of the natural world. Carol Gurney