It is mid-January already and iron-cold outside, but the rich and varied projects that I’m currently immersed in are warming up my world. In a couple of days I fly out to Varmdo – an island north of Stockholm – for a residential workshop on writing the undisciplined discipline. This international gathering is organised by KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at Linkoping University (one to keep your eye on).
I return just in time to deliver the second of six two-day workshops as part of the Arts Council Wales Creative Schools Residency Programme. Working with the community of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, I also get time to develop new work focusing on tidal cultures along this 12 mile strip of exquisite shoreline. Meanwhile, experiments in sound with young people across Devon as part of Daisi’s Art Machina continue apace.
With less than a month to go till Liquid opens at Arts Quarter Budapest, the behind-the-scenes work of curating and presenting these 8 artists in the capitol of Hungary is keeping me busy. Meanwhile, as a selected curator for Fringe Arts Bath 2017, I am looking forward to submissions for Primordial Soup, an exhibition that will bring together artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water.
Two distinct bodies of work are under development at the moment, worked across different sites and in specific ways. The first – Liquid Mimesis – is a 10 minute split screen short film with accompanying bilingual spoken word soundtrack which presents an exchange between the mainland, an island, and the ocean. The second involves using environmental DNA (eDNA) as a starting point for work which foregrounds site, data and sensation in its analysis and treatment of how more-than-human species relate to water.
These both feed directly into my ongoing work as a Research Student in Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University. Having been an observer on the EH MA I am inspired (and a little daunted) by the rich body of critique and analysis that exists in this field. I am also deeply inspired (and not just a little daunted!) by the team of supervisors guiding me through this process. My Director of Studies Professor Owain Jones has a long and respected publications history and has successfully headed up the AHRC project Hydrocitizens, amongst many other things. The hugely respected international artist Professor Mariele Neudecker is my second supervisor.
Meanwhile, it is with great pleasure that I learn that my submission to In Other Tongues has been accepted. I continue to work with Richard Povall on the bi-monthly broadcast of artdotearth.fm – fusing arts and ecologies across the airwaves, as well as presenting my own show dedicated to explorations in sound – Sonic Drawings – on Soundart Radio.
2017 has just begun…..