june 2018

22jun12:3513:05Rhys Trimble & Fay Stevens: Confluence12:35 - 13:05 B: Studio 1

Event Details

Confluence is about convergence, where waters come together – locales in which tributaries or rivers intermingle invisibly sharing one another’s’ fluid materiality in an interplay of science and art. This presentation dives into places defined by the placing of material culture into watery contexts at positions of confluence. In deepest prehistory the ancient practice of structured deposition into fluid contexts was a way in which people expressed their social relationships and engagement with their environmental worlds. Reflections in bodies of water also were seen as representations of ‘otherworlds’. This is a ritual act of intended suspension, where liquid becomes container and metaphor, the marking of a confluence of place, time and memory. In the style of a performance lecture, we co-present a coalescence of archaeology, poetry and performance borrowing vocabulary from each discipline and merging registers and discourses together in one crucible: the performance space.


Fay Stevens is an archaeologist, academic, curator, artist and writer. Her work is a process of excavation; an unravelling of layers of time, memory and substance. It is a phenomenological enquiry and experience, concerned with trace, elements, the senses, inscription and corporeal interplay.

Rhys Trimble is a bilingual poet, text-artist, performer, drummer, editor, critic, collaborator, shaman, PhD graduate, staff-wielder and shoutyman based in Wales. Interested in avant-garde, modernist and Welsh metrics. The Author of 12 or more books. Born in Zambia in 1977 performed in countries around the world. Work Translated into Slovakian, Polish, Latvian and Turkish.



(Friday) 12:35 - 13:05


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN