Cleveland Pools – a Georgian Lido – and the venue for Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath (16 May-11th June weekends only)



Today I introduce 2 artists whose work has a strong sonic identity. To find out more come along to the exhibition – less than a week away.

Jenny Wylie – Elemental

I have held a long standing intrigue for ‘negative space’ exploring the structures, hierarchies, patterns or routines which hold together the more visible parts of our daily lives. Installation, sound and performance have been my preferred means to share the work. I have recently graduated from the master’s course in social sculpture/connective practice at Oxford Brookes University, where I was concentrating on dialogue as an interpretative tool to a better understanding of the human senses.

Lake water lapping gently over the stones at the shore.  River waters tumbling over the man made courses. Rainwater’s uneven rhythms beating against the house. We categorise the flow, the fall and the flood; aim to control it, harness the power, and sell it as commodity. We live on it, travel over under and through it and sometimes listen to it. Water: elemental source of our lives.This work incorporates watery sounds from several sites, and the sounds of people in and near to their element.

Sarah Eliza Knight – “I write at inappropriate times”

A British poet, multidisciplinary artist and hand papermaker, and a doctoral student at the Royal College of Art. She has been publishing and performing her work regularly since her first chapbook release ‘locklines’ in 2010 (KFS Press). She has exhibited internationally and been involved in a number of translation and collaboration projects.

‘My work has recently been exploring the themes of time and water. I’m particularly interested in representations of non-linear time which counter the narrative of progress at the core of western modernity. Drawing on contemporary indigenous, historic and mythological examples of conceptually distinctive understandings of time, I’ve been embracing the oceanic, cyclical nature of a wet time that swells and contracts, circles upon, touches itself, and is both simultaneously intimate and expansive.

Alongside this runs an ongoing interest in storytelling, acts of writing and our relationship to our hands as a means of forming and shaping the world around us. This piece explores the non compliant elements of creative time and speaks to the unstructured, overflowing that feeds my writing practice defying attempts to schedule it; the composition that happens often when I am walking, swimming, cleaning, bathing, resting and sleeping’.


Two weeks to go until Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath

And two more introductions…

Carol Laidler and Pat Jamieson from alldaybreakfast with Tommy Cha present the sound piece ‘Changing Rooms’. Carol Laidler and Pat Jamieson are members of alldaybreakfast, a Bristol based artist collective consisting of four artists working within the area of situated art. Their process is collaborative, one of engagement and intervention with place and audience. alldaybreakfast are recipients of funding from Bristol Creative Seed Fund 2016 and Grants for the Arts 2016. They work from their studios at Spike Island. As well as enjoying their work during this exhibition, you can join them for the very special closing event of the exhibition on Sunday 11th June at 2pm .

Clare Bryden is an artist and writer based in Exeter.  ‘Green|Blue: Future Shock’ is a video that has developed from a series of 21 black & white images of ‘trees’, derived from Environment Agency data of land at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, separating out 21 river catchments around the South coast from the Sussex Ouse to the Bristol and Bath Avon. The view from above has become normalised. Google Maps and OS Maps, city centre plans and ‘you are here’ stickers on the boards at local nature reserves, give the impression of omniscience and omnipotence. The very notion of ‘flood risk’ calls both our knowledge and power into question in the face of uncertainty and the force of nature. What seems to be the most solid and robust is in reality the most fragile and vulnerable. Changing the perspective, looking slant, confers a new understanding and humility.

Clare’s interests are in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. Her  creative practice springs from her desire to communicate environmental and social issues, her need for hope and energy in keeping on keeping on, and her habit of making connections. Clare typically works in conceptual visual art, synthesising information, textile, and representational environmental art, with a strong element of playfulness. Her art often appears in the public realm, in collaborative projects and exhibitions, and pop-up installations as part of other events. Clare’s background is in science, economics, energy and environment, including employment at Cambridge Econometrics and the Met Office. She is a resident at Kaleider in Exeter, and linked in to the network. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and Storyteller on the organising team of TEDxExeter.



Introduction to the artists exhibiting in Primordial as part of Fringe Arts Bath

Over the coming weeks I will present a series of introductions to the artists taking part in this  unique exhibition.  Beginning with…..

 Kayla Parker/Stuart Moore – On Location/Reach



A film by Kayla Parker

2017 / single channel HD film / 12 minutes 30 seconds

A hybrid form of landscape cinema, which observes a year’s cycle of seasonal changes, centred on an unnamed hollow way that forms the stream bed for several springs in a remote area of rural mid-Devon. The film captures meteorological phenomena and the natural world in the sunken lane over a twelve-month period, using experimental filming techniques and field recordings made at the site that capture the sonic architecture of the space.

To create the film, Kayla Parker collaborated with Stuart Moore, making regular field trips to the location throughout 2016. The repeated visits allowed them to respond intuitively with camera and sound recording equipment during a varied range of weather conditions through winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

On Location is the initial phase of a practice-based research project that responds to Annabel Nicolson’s artist’s book, Escaping Notice (1977). Nicolson was an important member of the 1970s British film avant-garde, and the unnamed hollow way leads to the isolated farmhouse featured in her book.


A film by Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore

2014 / single channel 16mm film / 3 minutes 26 seconds

The people who live along the Tamar form a close relationship with the river; each affected by the other. Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore used this idea of symbiosis to create Reach. By laying raw film in the silt of the river, they have created a work which has been shaped by the river: its organic emulsion changed by the tides’ ebb and flow, by physical abrasion and the organisms living in the alluvial mud.

The imagery is created by burying 16mm filmstrips in the mud of the banks of the Tamar, allowing the river to ‘make the film’ through the movements of its tidal waters and the action of biota. The soundtrack developed from recordings taken from both above and below the surface of the river.

Commissioned by the River Tamar Project for It’s All About the River.


A film-maker and sound artist who uses digital and film-based technologies to create single and multiple screen works exploring our relationship to place and landscape and the environmental tensions of urban regeneration and expansion, with screenings across public, gallery and online spaces. Stuart is an AHRC-funded 3D3 doctoral researcher at University of the West of England, Bristol. His practice-based research aims to gain an understanding through practice of the ways in which specificities of materiality and presentation contexts produce an embodied and/or immersive experience for the audience through manifesting memory in the present.


Artist film-maker with over twenty years’ experience as a director-producer, creating innovative, experimental moving image works for cinema, gallery and broadcast television, and a range of commissions. The recipient of many awards, her work is shown worldwide across public, gallery and online spaces. Her research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with an interest in the interface between still and moving image, and new materialism. In her practice, she works with film-based and digital technologies to explore the interrelationship between the body and forgotten, liminal spaces.

The Full Programme

melt my heart 1It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the exhibition and related events for Primordial – part of Fringe Arts Bath. 26 May – 11th June (weekends only)

Primordial – This exhibition brings together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.

Annette Arlander presents a video work entitled Tide in Kan-Tiang, Amy Sharrocks is screening Swim, All Day Breakfast present a poetic soundpiece called Changing Rooms, Clare Bryden brings Green|Blue to the screen, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore are screening Reach and On Location, Antony Lyons presents Et in Arcadia, Jenny Wylie presents soundworks linking Bath to Baden Baden, Sarah Kelly presents a video work entitled I Write at Inappropriate Times, Sally Dean presents performance piece called In Search of Water, Melt my Heart, Numb my Hands is a performance piece by Devon Forrester Jones, and Laura Denning presents the installation Soup.


28th May 2pm –  Et In Arcadia – with Antony Lyons and friends
29th May 2pm – Sound and Sensory walk/guided tour  – with Laura Denning
3rd June 1pm – Amongst Species – with Laura Denning
4th June 1pm – Animal, Mineral, Digital – with Laura Denning
11th June 11am – Cleaning(Meltwater) with Devon Forrester Jones
11th June 1pm – Finale event with All Day Breakfast

I would like to thank Bath Spa University Environmental Humanities Research Centre, and Bath Spa University Public Engagement Fund for their kind assistance. Recipient of the Bath Spa University Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship – practice-led

Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath

Cleveland Pools, Bath 27-29 May, 3/4 June, 10/11 June

This exhibition brings together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.

Annette Arlander presents a video work entitled Tide in Kan-Tiang, Amy Sharrocks is screening Swim, All Day Breakfast present a poetic soundpiece called Changing Rooms, Clare Bryden brings Green|Blue to the screen, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore are screening Reach and On Location, Antony Lyons presents Et in Arcadia, Jenny Wylie presents soundworks linking Bath to Baden Baden, Sarah Kelly presents a video work entitled I Write at Inappropriate Times, Sally E Dean presents performance piece called In Search of Water. Melt my Heart, Numb my Hands is a performance piece by Devon Forrester Jones, and Laura Denning presents the installation Soup.

(image: Sally E Dean – In Search of Water)

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Getting Around

It’s all go go go! It was very exciting last weekend to have my work on the big screen for the first time. The Future Imperfect Symposium at the University of Plymouth was brilliantly organised and so rich and diverse. A bursting programme, and a great mix of participants.

This weekend my latest short film ‘Liquid Mimesis‘ will be screened in Boston, USA, as part of the AAG AGM, before being screened at Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene at Bath Spa University at the end of the month. Inbetween time I get to slip off to Udine in Italy to deliver a paper at ‘Living Together on this Earth‘ – a conference about eco-sustainable narratives and environmental concerns.

After my first ever visit to the Venice Biennale in early May it will be my great pleasure to support pupils and teachers from Ysgol Glan Y Mor School in Burry Port in their final presentation as part of the Lead Creative Schools scheme (an Arts Council Wales national arts/education initiative).

A week later, Fringe Arts Bath opens, and the final selection for the show I’ve curated – Primordial Soup – will be announced any day now. At roughly the same time I shall be showing work and offering a participatory event at In Other Tongues at Schumacher College, before popping up to Leeds to take part in ‘Mediating Climate Change’ .

Shortly after that I present a paper at Sound and Environment at the University of Hull, and will hopefully meet the always amazing Leah Barclay. And as summer rolls on I take part in the Environmental Humanities Summer School at Bath Spa University, I screen work in the Immersive Theatre at the University of Plymouth as part of this years’ Balance Unbalance conference, and and and. Its all go go go!







As the residency at Burry Port draws to a close and the Art Machina workshops at St. Peters in Exeter (for Daisi) near completion, April looks set to be free to hone the 3 bodies of work I am currently developing. The first is a short film called Liquid Mimesis and is nearly completed. The second is all about DNA and fluid relationships with aquatic species -Soup – and I am deep in the development of this. Finally, my response to the tidal culture of Burry Port, currently a collection of raw edits and rough ideas, will be worked up.

Soup is the starting point for a group exhibition curated by me for Fringe Arts Bath 17, to be hosted at Cleveland Pools again, showcasing film and sound works which respond to the aquatic theme. The submissions are rolling in, some great work is being proposed, and I can’t wait to reveal the line up later next month.

Meanwhile I am excited to be screening work at Imperfect Cinema in Plymouth University, Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene at Bath Spa University, and Mediating Climate Change at the University of Leeds.

Oh! And I am thrilled to get a mention in Breathing Art from last years’ inclusion in the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale.





It is mid-January already and iron-cold outside, but the rich and varied projects that I’m currently immersed in are warming up my world. In a couple of days I fly out to Varmdo – an island north of Stockholm – for a residential workshop on writing the undisciplined discipline. This international gathering is organised by KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at Linkoping University (one to keep your eye on).
I return just in time to deliver the second of six two-day workshops as part of the Arts Council Wales Creative Schools Residency Programme. Working with the community of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, I also get time to develop new work focusing on tidal cultures along this 12 mile strip of exquisite shoreline. Meanwhile, experiments in sound with young people across Devon as part of Daisi’s Art Machina continue apace.
With less than a month to go till Liquid opens at Arts Quarter Budapest, the  behind-the-scenes work of curating and presenting these 8 artists in the capitol of Hungary is keeping me busy. Meanwhile, as a selected curator for Fringe Arts Bath 2017, I am looking forward to submissions for Primordial Soup, an exhibition that will bring together artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water.
Two distinct bodies of work are under development at the moment, worked across different sites and in specific ways. The first  – Liquid Mimesis – is a 10 minute  split screen short film with accompanying bilingual spoken word soundtrack which presents an exchange between the mainland, an island, and the ocean. The second involves using environmental DNA (eDNA) as a starting point for work which foregrounds site, data and sensation in its analysis and treatment of how more-than-human species relate to water.
These both feed directly into my ongoing work as a Research Student in Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University. Having been an observer on the EH MA I am inspired (and a little daunted) by the rich body of critique and analysis that exists in this field. I am also deeply inspired (and not just a little daunted!) by the team of supervisors guiding me through this process. My Director of Studies Professor Owain Jones has a  long and respected publications history and has successfully headed up the AHRC project Hydrocitizens, amongst many other things. The hugely respected international artist Professor Mariele Neudecker  is my second supervisor.
Meanwhile, it is with great pleasure that I learn that my submission to In Other Tongues has been accepted. I continue to work with Richard Povall on the bi-monthly broadcast of – fusing arts and ecologies across the airwaves,  as well as presenting my own show dedicated to explorations in sound – Sonic Drawings – on Soundart Radio.

2017 has just begun…..



Icy mornings herald a period of reflection which is very welcome after an incredibly busy year so far. There are adventures accumulating for 2017 already but for the time being a pause within which to immerse myself in my PhD at Bath Spa University is punctuated only by involvement in Art Machina. As one of 5 selected artists I am excited to be involved in a project that  will develop young people’s digital arts practice using innovative digital media, enabling young people across Devon and Torbay to use contemporary digital creative techniques within their visual arts making.

Liquid (shown at Fringe Arts Bath in May/June 2016) becomes Folyékony and plans are underway for its iteration at Arts Quarter Budapest in the very early part of 2017. And in April I present a paper at The American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Boston, before getting ready to take part in Fringe Arts Bath 2017.

But in the meantime comes a welcome pause….

Exhibition space at Arts Quarter Budapest