Two mesmerising filmworks in Fringe Arts Bath 17

Wander into the backstreets of Bath, beyond the Holburne Museum, between the canal and the river, and meander down to the breath-taking site that is Cleveland Pools over the next two weekends. Here you will discover a selection of film and sound works by a range of artists whose work all considers our relationship with water. Two artists whose work will captivate you are Annette Arlander, and Amy Sharrocks. Their work couldn’t be more different from each other – in one a lone woman has her back turned from us as she contemplates the tide in a vast, unpopulated land/seascape, whilst the other film shares the experience of 50 swimmers as they travel across London from lido to lake to canal swimming in each site before moving on to the next one.

Primordial is on view at Cleveland pools 3/4th June and 10/11 June 10am-4pm (BA2 6QS)

Annette Arlander – Tide in Kan-Tiang

A small tree grows in a rocky cove near Kan Tiang beach on the Island of Koh Lanta in Thailand. On one of the last days of the year 2015 I stand next to it for a day with two-hour intervals in order to experience the tide together with it.

Annette Arlander is a Helsinki-based artist, researcher and a pedagogue, one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and a trailblazer of artistic research. She graduated as a director from Theatre Academy in 1981 and as Doctor of Art in 1999. Arlander was Professor of Performance Art and Theory at Theatre Academy 2001-13, Professor of Artistic Research 2015-16 at University of the Arts Helsinki and visiting professor at Stockholm University of the Arts. Her art work focuses on performing (in, with, through) landscape by means of video or recorded voice, in the border zone between performance art, video and environmental art. At present she works with the project “Performing with Plants”.

Amy Sharrocks – SWIM

On 12 July 2007, 50 people swam across London. ​

SWIM was an open invitation, all-access swim from South to North London, inspired as much by Burt Lancaster’s odyssey across the American landscape of the ‘The Swimmer’ (1959), as by the Keystone Kops and Benny Hill. The live artwork traced the blue across a brown cityscape, offering a very British response to Frank Perry’s film at the start of the 21st Century. SWIM drew out Burt Lancaster’s male purpose and concentration on the body beautiful into an inclusive, participatory celebration – a kind of flesh mobbing – with male and female swimmers of all ages, sizes and abilities, exploring ideas of freedom in this dream of swimming the capital. This film documents the day and the journey through London.

Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker whose artworks are centred in collaboration and exchange, the impact we have on each other and the world around us. For 12 years she has made work about people and water. She has floated boats on swimming pools across the UK, group dowsed the central rivers of London and swam across the city with 50 people for SWIM.  Sharrocks won the SculptureShock award from the Royal British Society of Sculptors for her work on falling, and was shortlisted for an Arts Foundation award. Her writing on falling was collected into the Live Art Almanac 4, the best writings on Live Art 2016. The award-winning artwork Museum of Water was shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2016 and is currently touring Australia.

Two more Primordial artists

Come on down to Cleveland Pools in Bath – anytime between 10am and 3pm over the next 3 weekends, and discover the artists and artworks that make Primordial a real stand out show as part of Fringe Arts Bath 2017.

You will find work by Antony Lyons – Et In Arcadia

Will this be The Dawning of the Age of the Invertebrates…? Drawing on Morton’s ‘Dark Ecology’, and referring to the abstraction of river water for Cleveland Pools, this is a cinematic installation piece, involving partly live magnified projection of riverfly activities.

Antony says ‘As an independent creative practitioner with a background in eco/geo-sciences and landscape design, many of my projects are concerned with the relationships between ecological processes, environmental change and cultural adaptations. Areas of particular focus include coastal/river landscapes, deep-time (geological) perspectives, routes/journeys and intangible cultural vitality. My research and production methods rely on geopoetic creative fieldwork and experimental remixing of materials, archives, field-recordings and contemporary narratives – explored in the context of both ‘slow’ and ‘intensive’ artist-residencies. Resulting works include sculpture, film, sound and intermedia installations – addressing tensions, traces, transitions and environmental justice.  Water is central. The future is in flux.  Amongst many other things, I am involved with Hydrocitizens a national team of artists and academics who investigate, and make creative contributions to, the ways in which citizens and communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water in a range of UK neighbourhoods. The research asks a series of questions about what communities are, how they function, and the role of environmental (water) assets and issues in the coming together of communities, conflicts within and between communities, and progress to interconnected community and environmental resilience’.

Sally E Dean – ‘You’re Not Supposed to Be Here 2’

Sally will be screening a film directed as part of her ongoing collaborative project ‘Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance’.  This film, typically viewed while wearing Pointy Hats, invites the viewer on a journey in search of water and beyond.

 Sally E. Dean (USA/UK) has been an interdisciplinary performer, performance maker and teacher over 18 years – in university, professional and community settings across Europe, Asia and the USA.  Her teaching and performance work is highly informed by somatic-based practices, her cross-cultural projects in Asia and her background in both dance and theatre – integrating site, costume and object.  Since 2011, Sally leads the ‘Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance Project’ – designing costumes that create specific body-mind experiences leading to performances, lectures, films and workshops. She has been supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council and is an MPhil candidate at Royal Holloway University (Drama/Theatre department).

Cleveland Pools – a Georgian Lido – and the venue for Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath (16 May-11th June weekends only)



Today I introduce 2 artists whose work has a strong sonic identity. To find out more come along to the exhibition – less than a week away.

Jenny Wylie – Elemental

I have held a long standing intrigue for ‘negative space’ exploring the structures, hierarchies, patterns or routines which hold together the more visible parts of our daily lives. Installation, sound and performance have been my preferred means to share the work. I have recently graduated from the master’s course in social sculpture/connective practice at Oxford Brookes University, where I was concentrating on dialogue as an interpretative tool to a better understanding of the human senses.

Lake water lapping gently over the stones at the shore.  River waters tumbling over the man made courses. Rainwater’s uneven rhythms beating against the house. We categorise the flow, the fall and the flood; aim to control it, harness the power, and sell it as commodity. We live on it, travel over under and through it and sometimes listen to it. Water: elemental source of our lives.This work incorporates watery sounds from several sites, and the sounds of people in and near to their element.

Sarah Eliza Knight – “I write at inappropriate times”

A British poet, multidisciplinary artist and hand papermaker, and a doctoral student at the Royal College of Art. She has been publishing and performing her work regularly since her first chapbook release ‘locklines’ in 2010 (KFS Press). She has exhibited internationally and been involved in a number of translation and collaboration projects.

‘My work has recently been exploring the themes of time and water. I’m particularly interested in representations of non-linear time which counter the narrative of progress at the core of western modernity. Drawing on contemporary indigenous, historic and mythological examples of conceptually distinctive understandings of time, I’ve been embracing the oceanic, cyclical nature of a wet time that swells and contracts, circles upon, touches itself, and is both simultaneously intimate and expansive.

Alongside this runs an ongoing interest in storytelling, acts of writing and our relationship to our hands as a means of forming and shaping the world around us. This piece explores the non compliant elements of creative time and speaks to the unstructured, overflowing that feeds my writing practice defying attempts to schedule it; the composition that happens often when I am walking, swimming, cleaning, bathing, resting and sleeping’.

Two weeks to go until Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath

And two more introductions…

Carol Laidler and Pat Jamieson from alldaybreakfast with Tommy Cha present the sound piece ‘Changing Rooms’. Carol Laidler and Pat Jamieson are members of alldaybreakfast, a Bristol based artist collective consisting of four artists working within the area of situated art. Their process is collaborative, one of engagement and intervention with place and audience. alldaybreakfast are recipients of funding from Bristol Creative Seed Fund 2016 and Grants for the Arts 2016. They work from their studios at Spike Island. As well as enjoying their work during this exhibition, you can join them for the very special closing event of the exhibition on Sunday 11th June at 2pm .

Clare Bryden is an artist and writer based in Exeter.  ‘Green|Blue: Future Shock’ is a video that has developed from a series of 21 black & white images of ‘trees’, derived from Environment Agency data of land at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, separating out 21 river catchments around the South coast from the Sussex Ouse to the Bristol and Bath Avon. The view from above has become normalised. Google Maps and OS Maps, city centre plans and ‘you are here’ stickers on the boards at local nature reserves, give the impression of omniscience and omnipotence. The very notion of ‘flood risk’ calls both our knowledge and power into question in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature. What seems to be the most solid and robust is in reality the most fragile and vulnerable. Changing the perspective, looking slant, confers a new understanding and humility.

Clare’s interests are in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. Her  creative practice springs from her desire to communicate environmental and social issues, her need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and her habit of making connections. Clare typically works in conceptual visual art, synthesising information, textile, and representational environmental art, with a strong element of playfulness. Her art often appears in the public realm, in collaborative projects and exhibitions, and pop-up installations as part of other events. Clare’s background is in science, economics, energy and environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. She is a resident at Kaleider in Exeter, and linked in to the network. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and Storyteller on the organising team of TEDxExeter.



Introduction to the artists exhibiting in Primordial as part of Fringe Arts Bath

Over the coming weeks I will present a series of introductions to the artists taking part in this  unique exhibition.  Beginning with…..

 Kayla Parker/Stuart Moore – On Location/Reach



A film by Kayla Parker

2017 / single channel HD film / 12 minutes 30 seconds

A hybrid form of landscape cinema, which observes a year’s cycle of seasonal changes, centred on an unnamed hollow way that forms the stream bed for several springs in a remote area of rural mid-Devon. The film captures meteorological phenomena and the natural world in the sunken lane over a twelve-month period, using experimental filming techniques and field recordings made at the site that capture the sonic architecture of the space.

To create the film, Kayla Parker collaborated with Stuart Moore, making regular field trips to the location throughout 2016. The repeated visits allowed them to respond intuitively with camera and sound recording equipment during a varied range of weather conditions through winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

On Location is the initial phase of a practice-based research project that responds to Annabel Nicolson’s artist’s book, Escaping Notice (1977). Nicolson was an important member of the 1970s British film avant-garde, and the unnamed hollow way leads to the isolated farmhouse featured in her book.


A film by Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore

2014 / single channel 16mm film / 3 minutes 26 seconds

The people who live along the Tamar form a close relationship with the river; each affected by the other. Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore used this idea of symbiosis to create Reach. By laying raw film in the silt of the river, they have created a work which has been shaped by the river: its organic emulsion changed by the tides’ ebb and flow, by physical abrasion and the organisms living in the alluvial mud.

The imagery is created by burying 16mm filmstrips in the mud of the banks of the Tamar, allowing the river to ‘make the film’ through the movements of its tidal waters and the action of biota. The soundtrack developed from recordings taken from both above and below the surface of the river.

Commissioned by the River Tamar Project for It’s All About the River.


A film-maker and sound artist who uses digital and film-based technologies to create single and multiple screen works exploring our relationship to place and landscape and the environmental tensions of urban regeneration and expansion, with screenings across public, gallery and online spaces. Stuart is an AHRC-funded 3D3 doctoral researcher at University of the West of England, Bristol. His practice-based research aims to gain an understanding through practice of the ways in which specificities of materiality and presentation contexts produce an embodied and/or immersive experience for the audience through manifesting memory in the present.


Artist film-maker with over twenty years’ experience as a director-producer, creating innovative, experimental moving image works for cinema, gallery and broadcast television, and a range of commissions. The recipient of many awards, her work is shown worldwide across public, gallery and online spaces. Her research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with an interest in the interface between still and moving image, and new materialism. In her practice, she works with film-based and digital technologies to explore the interrelationship between the body and forgotten, liminal spaces.

The Full Programme

melt my heart 1It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the exhibition and related events for Primordial – part of Fringe Arts Bath. 26 May – 11th June (weekends only)

Primordial – This exhibition brings together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.

Annette Arlander presents a video work entitled Tide in Kan-Tiang, Amy Sharrocks is screening Swim, All Day Breakfast present a poetic soundpiece called Changing Rooms, Clare Bryden brings Green|Blue to the screen, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore are screening Reach and On Location, Antony Lyons presents Et in Arcadia, Jenny Wylie presents soundworks linking Bath to Baden Baden, Sarah Kelly presents a video work entitled I Write at Inappropriate Times, Sally Dean presents performance piece called In Search of Water, Melt my Heart, Numb my Hands is a performance piece by Devon Forrester Jones, and Laura Denning presents the installation Soup.


28th May 2pm –  Et In Arcadia – with Antony Lyons and friends
29th May 2pm – Sound and Sensory walk/guided tour  – with Laura Denning
3rd June 1pm – Amongst Species – with Laura Denning
4th June 1pm – Animal, Mineral, Digital – with Laura Denning
11th June 11am – Cleaning(Meltwater) with Devon Forrester Jones
11th June 1pm – Finale event with All Day Breakfast

I would like to thank Bath Spa University Environmental Humanities Research Centre, and Bath Spa University Public Engagement Fund for their kind assistance. Recipient of the Bath Spa University Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship – practice-led