Laura Denning


Primordial Soup

Group C (June 9, 09.45 – 11.15))

Limit: 10

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A variation on the theme of the workshop with conversation at its heart.

Having worked at Cleveland Pools (Bath) in 2016, I am now developing new work in response to the site which considers how humans and other species relate to water, and to each other through water. The semi-circular lido is believed to be the oldest public outdoor swimming pool in England (1815). The pools were built next to the river on the site of old marl pits, between the railway and the canal. The pool closed in 1984 and was used for a short time as a trout farm before falling into disrepair. It was originally filled with water from the river. Some believe that the Ladies Pool was originally used as a Mikveh by the Jewish women of Bath in the 1800s. More recently, the upper pool was used for immersion baptism by Jehovah’s Witnesses. There are still random trout in the water, which is overgrown with thriving aquatic flora. Water itself has no intrinsic DNA.

I have access to the DNA data of the water through recent surveys, and intend to use this to create a geo-narrative using Augmented Reality. Others will be able to access the work using mobile app technology to link to sound, moving image and other media.

The workshop will take the form of a conversational walk to, and tour of the installation at a site yet to be determined.

I work in moving image and sound, creating films and sonic drawings. I also working with augmented reality. I am currently working as a commissioned artist on Daisi’s Art Machina project, and have a 3 month residency in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire. Recipient of the BSU Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship, my practice-led research asks – what are the parameters of an arts practice which seeks to articulate located subjectivities that can disrupt dominant discourses surrounding climate change?