PoL # 29 Three, or More, Bodies of Water

With Julian Weaver
Date: Wednesday November 23rd, 2016
Time: 18:30
Venue: London College of Communication. CRiSAP Studio
Members of the public please meet at the main reception area

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“Blood, bile, intracellular fluid; a small ocean swallowed, a wild wetland in our gut; rivulets forsaken making their way from our insides to out, from watery womb to watery world: we are bodies of water.” – Astrida Neimanis [1]

In recent years, work against understanding water as an abstract and dislocated resource has become more widespread. What Linton refers to as ‘Modern Water’, water as uncomplicated, universal and natural [2], is a hegemonic conceptualisation that may, in time, be dissolved allowing more diverse relationships with water to emerge.

For this Points of Listening, I will explore some aspects of this work, and how it might alter our own thinking, via three recent freshwater projects which pass through xenophobic obsessions with watery metaphors, 19th century alternative medical practices and Bernese social swimming activities.


Julian Weaver is an artist and founder of Finetuned Limited, a company focusing on interdisciplinary research and curated projects that also provides consultative and technical services to artists, galleries and research institutions. Recent works include The Last Walks of George Boole (2014), On the Night Air (2015), Watery Notions and Reading the Water (2016). http://www.hypo.io | http://www.finetuned.org


[1] Neimanis, Astrida, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.
[2] Linton, Jamie, What is Water? The History of a Modern Abstraction, UBC Press, 2010.

Image credit: Émile van Marcke, The Flood Gate, OASC via www.metmuseum.org

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