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.