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Primordial Soup

This exhibition will bring together artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water. I am particularly interested in how these relationships are considered critically – from an ecological, political and historical perspective. Ideally the work situates itself within the themes of place, ecology and the digital, and is site specific. Water itself has no DNA, yet it carries the traces of a myriad of plant and animal life – it really is the primordial soup. I would welcome artists whose work is site-specific but not exclusively so. Cleveland Pools offers a unique context for works on this theme, but the site also offers challenges, which must be taken into consideration – from damp to dilapidated buildings. The important thing is that included work embraces critical relationships between species and water.

Interested? Email to submit. Deadline Monday 27 March 2017.

Curated by Laura Denning.



aquatic animisms and watery world views

As the deadline draws near and the tide is coming in we welcome your sonic and filmic contributions to this wet and weird happening. Cleveland Pools is the perfect venue. 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.

The 8 open air changing rooms curve around the main pool and offer unique and intimate listening spaces for sonic work. The Ladies Pool (now roofed) is perfect for screen-based work. With only 2 weeks to go till the deadline we are hoping you will sail your ideas our way. Maybe this interspecies love-in will inspire you

Sonic Walk at Cleveland Pools FaB 2016