What happens when you throw a stone into water? Make a wish in a well? Have a wash in the sink? What are the stories and statistics that come flooding out of the tap (or not)? Does a raindrop remember? Water shapes our landscapes; enters, leaves and fills our bodies; connects us all. But how much do we need? And where is it all coming from?
Drop in the Ocean is a durational walking performance in widening concentric circles around a focal point: the ripples around a drop ( ( ( ( ( ( . ) ) ) ) ) )
It is an invitation to reflect on water: how we use it, why we need it, what it means and why it matters.
It is an opportunity to rehydrate our relationship with water; fall back in love with it; remember how it feels, sounds, tastes, flows and transforms from the everyday to the extraordinary.
The circular shape of the walks represent the repercussive ripples on the wider planet that result from the thrown stone of our everyday actions in our local environment. The title of the work is an acknowledgement of how much more we need to do globally, at the same time as it is a challenge to the idea that acting locally is useless: it is the best place to start.
The ocean, after all, is just an infinity of drops.
Drop in the Ocean was last performed and installed at Oriel Nwy | Gas Gallery, Aberystwyth from 29 April – 5 May 2015. In the upstairs gallery was an accompanying installation – film and performance documentation – of the companion piece Dropped in the Ocean: a transnational collaboration with Canadian artist Bronwyn Preece, who was also in Aberystwyth invigilating and animating both works. In the stairwell space linking the two galleries was an installation in collaboration with local artist Jane Lloyd Francis; part of her on-going investigation into ancient wells as sacred spaces that offer a sensory connection to landscape.
First conceived on Aberystwyth beach in 2011, Drop in the Ocean was first performed in Herefordshire beside the River Wye in 2013, around an installation at All Saints Church and Cafe – with help from Mads Floor Andersen – in Hereford City, 14-19th October as part of h.Energy, the then week-long countywide festival of sustainability.
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