tales and tellings of water worlds and fluid states

Liquidscapes: tales and telling of watery worlds and fluid states

June 20 to 22 2018 • Dartington Hall

an Creative Summit

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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…

An interview with Amy Sharrocks

An interview by podcaster David Clarke about Liquidscapes and the Flow Partnership's Water Summer School that was happening in parallel with Liquidscapes at Dartington this June. An acoustic journey: The River Killers explores the state of our rivers and how we should...

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Swim Nation! an invitation

From wild river dippers to leisure centre lane lappers, all are invited to participate in the first of a series of informal and collaborative ‘Swim Summits’ around the UK. At a time when water scarcity, sustainability, well being, access and participation in swimming...

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Watery miscellany

The Arts Reflect on Water 

Taking place at 2nd International Conference 'Towards a Global Network of Water Museums' Town Hall, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands May 14-18 2018 Seminar: The Arts Reflect on Water ABSTRACTS Chairman: Clive Adams INTRODUCTION by Director of the Centre for Contemporary...

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Museum of Water in Perth

15,000 people visit Amy Sharrocks' Museum of Water at Perth Festival After almost 2 years of travelling and collecting donations across Western Australia, Museum of Waterat Fremantle Arts Centre was our largest installation ever. With the wonderful Perth Festival we...

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Swimming as healing?

How swimming lessons change the lives of refugee children When Hanan Elias Abdo looked over the side of the rubber boat into the deep blue sea, she could make out two large shapes, moving at speed. Were those dolphins? Or sharks? “Did you see the fishes?” she shouted...

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An interview with Amy Sharrocks - An interview by podcaster David Clarke about Liquidscapes and the Flow Partnership's Water Summer School that was happening in... Read more at An interview by podcaster David Clarke about Liquidscapes and the Flow ...

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