Benthic Caress – artists call out

Benthic Caress is a one-hour participatory performance piece, which offers a unique experience in the Tidal Pool at Devils Point, Plymouth, during Plymouth Art Weekender 2017. Benthic Caress is a gathering of 100 people  within the confines of the tidal pool, who will take part in a ‘silent disco’ where the soundtrack is a collection of specially curated sound pieces selected from a call-out to the lively international network of ecoacoustic artists, showcasing work which celebrates the diversity of marine life. Benthic Caress is a collaboration between Laura Denning and the artists taking part. Saturday 23rd September (time tbc: tide-dependent).

Artists are invited to propose or submit a 10 minute (max) sound piece which explores, reveals, celebrates or mourns the rich diversity of marine life, including critically endangered or extinct species, and can include the human presence also. The brief is really very broad, but the intention is to give participants an intimate engagement, through sound, with ocean life.

Plymouth Art Weekender is in its third year. The Weekender confidently celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination.

Laura Denning is a transdisciplinary artist who often uses sound, and moving image, but not just. She often (but not always!) considers curation to be a form of art practice also. For last years’ Plymouth Art Weekender she presented a Live Art Performance in which wild swimmers dived off The Hoe and interacted with the underwater webcam in Plymouth Sound, the footage being relayed live to the Big Screen in the City Centre. All her work focuses on water.

Full publicity and promotion will be given to the selected artists, and the work will subsequently be broadcast on Soundart Radio, for whom Laura is a regular broadcaster.

To submit a proposal/piece of work, send your MP3s to by September 10th. Include contact details, a brief description and a brief bio. Selected artists will be notified by September 15th.


Lying down in a darkened auditorium, with 30 other people, listening to Chris Watson’s Trent Falls to Spurn Point sound installation, with him in the room. Walking with Crickets with Lisa Hall from CRiSAP.  Total yet peripatetic immersion in the River Listening Sound Walk by Leah Barclay, followed by a hands on sound mapping workshop with Leah, and Grant Smith from Soundcamp. Finding Judit again, and finally meeting Simon. Seeing Tania Kovats’ work  and Dorothy Cross’ ‘Ghost Ship’ at Hull Maritime Museum.

Falling in love with Hull, enjoying the City of Culture, Paper City, the bus drivers. Meeting and talking with sound artists from all over the world. And so much more.

And coming home.