Water Bodies: Recipe for Earthly Survival

by Sarah Blissett

Water Bodies (est. 2017) is a project in embodied research, ‘helping humans of all ages evolve into aquatic beings’. Drawing from hydrofeminism, somatic practice, deep listening and radical pedagogy, Water Bodies investigate technologies resident (though sometimes hidden) in the body, and develop tools for adapting to life in water, not as visitors but eventual inhabitants. For Whitstable Biennale 2018, Water Bodies offered an open day at their ‘School of Evolution’, at which Water Bodies artists and researchers shared their work. The following text transcribes a series of recipes, written and read on the day by Sarah Blissett, an artist, writer and researcher at the University of Roehampton working in fields of performance, art and ecology.

Undone in the face: Anna Barham in conversation with Keira Greene

Anna Barham’s artwork uses video, text, print, installation and live events to set up relationships between human and non-human others. Exposing language to different bodies, forms and technologies, she creates complex feedback loops in which we witness – and contribute to – the production, erosion and modification of meaning.

Listen to Anna’s reading of Undone in the face, a new work produced for Whitstable Biennale’s Journal from material she generated during a residency at St John’s College Oxford in Spring 2019 . The recording is followed by a conversation with Whitstable Biennale performance curator Keira Greene, in which Anna describes her work with reading groups and voice recognition software, as well as the ideas and texts informing her work. (42m18s)

A written transcription of the interview is available for hard of hearing people.

Image of conversation. courtesy of Keira Greene & Florence Peake 2018

A Work-In-Conversation by Florence Peake, a Studio Visit with Keira Greene

Whitstable Biennale Performance Curator Keira Greene met with artist Florence Peake to discuss Florence’s practice in situ at her studio. The conversation moved fluidly between Florence’s collaboration with dance artists and her relationship to scoring and improvisation. View a transcript of parts of the conversation, written by Keira, with the text annotated and drawn into by Florence.