tales and tellings of watery worlds and fluid states

Liquidscapes: tales and telling of watery worlds and fluid states

June 20 to 22 2018 • Dartington Hall

an Creative Summit

@liquidscapes18 | @artdotearth

A three-day international gathering bringing together creative thinkers and doers to explore
physically and figuratively our watery worlds and fluid states.


‘If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water’ — Loren Eiseley The Immense Journey (1957)


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Another in the acclaimed series of international gatherings of artists and other thinkers produced by Dartington-based At this creative summit we will explore watery worlds and the state of being liquid; we will speak of water as an element in and of transition. Water on the move with places to go; water as muse; water as a wild, uncontrolled element of the sublime; water as solid or gas; water as a boundary, as edgeland; water as an ecological healer or indicator of environmental distress; water as an agent of immersion, as a former of landscapes, stronger than rock; water as mediator of political power and cultural agency. Drought.

Although many of those attending will be artists or creators, we welcome all voices to this event. There will be a particular focus on watery science; opening keynote speaker Tristan Gooley explores how we can read water, sea and river landscapes, and on Day 2 astronomer Prof. Paul Murdin OBE will explore water landscapes on other planets in liquid, gaseous and frozen states.

Sea and river swimming is another important thread running through the symposium. Our other opening keynote speaker, artist-swimmer Amy Sharrocks has been involved with organising many unique swimming events in and around London, and elsewhere. Alice Gartland (A Lotus Rises) is also a key voice amongst the swimming community. A round table towards the end of the event will include numerous contributions from significant voices in the swimming community in a part of the world where sea and river swimming are part of the lives of many.

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Booking is now open. Places are now quite limited.

There are other events associated with Liquidscapes. Read about The Ephemeral River (a global nomadic art project); read about the residential short course Swimming: labour of imagination.

Swimming: labour of imagination

June 23 to 27 2018 • Dartington Hall

a residential short course led by artist-swimmers Kari Furre and Nancy Sinclair

an Short Course

Relating to the event…

Workshop booking now open

All workshops are now available for booking on a first-come, first-served basis. Each has limited numbers, so book early if you want to ensure a place on a particular workshop. Booking will remain open for each workshop until all places are filled. We can only accept...

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Accommodation / food roundup

This page contains important information! Dartington Hall is in a rural area, but one that is also a popular tourist destination. When you make a booking you can choose to be resident on-site, or non-resident. However if you don't book accommodation when...

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Watery miscellany

Sea Change

from Cape Farewell the Sea Change Programme Stewardship and Community Agency on Scotland’s Islands Cape Farewell’s Sea Change (Tionndadh na Mara in Gaelic) is a four-year programme of research and making across Scotland’s western and northern isles. The project began...

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Curating the Sea

Ecological Vulnerability and the Oceans in Contemporary Exhibitions Saturday 28 April, 2–6pm Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) South Wing, Wilkins Building UCL, Gower Street At a time when the Natural History Museum, London, has launched a new paradigm of scientific...

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ScoglieraViva. Sculpting the Sea

SCOGLIERAVIVA 19th Edition Entries are open to "ScoglieraViva. Sculpting the Sea", the international outdoor sculpture competition. Free application until May 15, 2018. The competition, now in its 19th edition, features the direct intervention of sculptors on the...

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Liquidscapes 2018

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Join us at 1pm on May 4 for First Friday with guest artist Laura Hopes. Laura is an artist working in digital sound and film, installed spaces and sculpture. We meet at Dartington Space OPEN TO ALL. Bring something to share for lunch. Read more at…

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#ImAnEarthOptimistBecause emerging research in #ecoacoustics demonstrates that sound is a key measure of ecosystem health and can provide non-invasive, efficient and viable data for understand environmental change #EarthOptimism2018

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Retweeted amy cutler (@amycutler1985):

for my contribution to a touring exhibition at the Museum of Witchcraft (new art reconstructing lost items from index cards) I've had to source twigs from one of the only hazel trees in London, after a quest through lincoln's inn fields!& they're about to become something raunchy

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