june 2018

21jun20:0020:30FeaturedPerformance: Silvia Battista - A River is Never a Matter of Peace20:00 - 20:30 E: Ship Studio

Event Details

In March 2017, I was asked to perform at the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery at the opening of the show “The Thread that Binds Us: a Collaborative Exhibition by Artists Focusing on the River Mersey from Source to Sea”. The performance was planned for May 2017.

To figure out what to do I decided to spend one month and half, two hours a day with the river Mersey. Every day I sat on the same spot of the Southbank of the Liverpool promenade looking at the river Mersey for two hours without speaking with anyone and without moving. I spent time with the river, attending it on a daily basis to notice the details of its existence through stillness. Each day, at the end of the two hours I wrote ten lines with/for and about the river Mersey. With the passing of days I felt in love with this massive flow of water, with the affect that the liquidity and fluidity of its presence had on my consciousness. I became aware of its reactions to different weather conditions, its different “emotional states”, its pollution. In time I became more liquid, more watery-like, as if these hours spent in meditation with the river Mersey were slowly changing my biological being/apparatus.

The piece, that I present at Liquidscape 2018 develops from this experience and process and it includes: the reading of the final/edited text; a series of actions with/for the river Mersey water; sound and vocalizations. It will result in a well calibrated repetitive poetic gesture, a dance between reading, pouring, mourning and celebrating; a reverie to the river Mersey and on the possibility of being ourselves liquidscapes.




Silvia Battista is a visual and performance artist/scholar, who has engaged, over the last twenty years, with a multidisciplinary set of artistic languages including performance, drawing, photography and video. She is interested in the intersection between visual art, performance and theatre, particularly in the use of meditative, contemplative and ecstatic practices as creative and epistemological processes. She holds a PhD (2008-2014) in performance studies (Royal Holloway University, London); an MA (2004-2006) in Communication Art and Design (Royal College of Art and Design, London); and a First Class Honours degree (1992-1996) in Fine Art (Academy of Fine Art, Rome). Her practice is presented regularly in international contexts and her scholarly outcomes have been published by Intellect, Routledge and Palgrave. She works as lecturer in Performance Studies at Liverpool Hope University.



(Thursday) 20:00 - 20:30


E: Ship Studio

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL