Living water - water living: bodies and ocean architectures.

Dr. Sarah Jane Pell


How deep are you prepared to go? Performing as a body of water, in a body of water, therein relays another world where the inscription and transmission of data and life is amalgamated. By drawing on memories, artifacts, and insights gained developing a performance-as-practice-in-research praxis called aquabatics, Pell describes an aqueous relationship between the body and its environment as syzergistic – like the relationship between an egg and a yoke. Of her own inner world, she attempts to make sense of her own existence (real and illusory) and that of the ecological environment to create new works of live art. She does so by combining contemporary performance with commercial diving technologies and protocols, to craft improvised live performance and choreographed post-dive media artifacts. Of the exterior world, the artist looks more broadly for signs that humans are discovering themselves as architects of aquabatics.

In this milieu, we are made largely of water. Water has memory. Water stores information. It even has computational potentials. If water can be programmed, choreographed and orchestrated, our bodies and oceans become stable, next generation digital mediums. As a thought experiment therefore, Pell [re]members the impact of nature as a programmable toolkit to posit bodies and ocean architectures as the central technologies of future cities. Reframing Bernard Stiegler’s body technology and expanding on Leroi-Gourhan evolution, the artist imagines a fantastic future city where the technicity of ‘water’ is located as the principal material of construction and the memory agent of all living systems. As artists and creative innovators can we employ the principals of our crafts, practices and philosophies to determine the architectures of our future? In short, Living water – Water Living examines the possibility of programming water to create another world.

Persephone: Living Architecture Session

Design, construction and experiences of alternative habitats for extra-terrestrial living. With a particular emphasis on the natural computing applications, which directly harness the problem-solving capabilities and computational power of this case, the living properties of water: bodies and architectures.

Pell, Aquabatic Interactions Future Citites 2.0 Conference 2013

Aquatic Architecture Interaction, Digital painting by Theresa (imagine_engine) commissioned by Sarah Jane Pell.

Future Citites 2.0: Other Worlds

Future Citites 2.0 Conference Flyer 2013

AVATAR (Advanced Virtual And Technological Architectural Research) group Conference, University of Greenwich, Maritime Campus, London, UK | 11th April 2013

Future Cities 2 is an all day event held by the AVATAR (Advanced Virtual And Technological Architectural Research) group which is a cross disciplinary, research active architectural design group that examines the impact of emerging new technologies on the practice of the built environment and wider culture.

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