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.
Dave Kane, Alex Neilson, Chris Sharkey & Alex Ward: Live at Contrapop 2018
On the afternoon of 4 August 2018, as part of a partnership between Whitstable Biennale and Contra Pop Festival, Dave Kane (double bass, Leeds), Alex Neilson (drums, Glasgow), Chris Sharkey (electric guitar, Leeds) and Alex Ward (clarinet/electric guitar, London) performed as an improvisational quartet for the first time. Their 45-minute set took place in a marquee on Ramsgate beach in front of a captivated audience of around 250 people.
Listen to the set here, and read a transcript of the group interview conducted immediately after the performance by Adam Coney, an improvisational guitarist and music scholar based in Ramsgate.