Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway. [Performance]

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Abstract

A public performance and installation at the Environmental Arts Festival, Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway, August 2015, made as a collaboration between Minty Donald and Nick Millar. Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway was a series of actions at/with river confluences that engaged with the human and other-than-human values of sites where waters meet. Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway explored the practical, historical and symbolic significance of river confluences as drinking, gathering and fording places, as sites of ritual and loci for events of political significance. In Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway, ‘meeting’ was taken as a more-than-human activity. Human and other-than-human behaviours and conventions were playfully interwoven in a strategic and provocative co-option of anthropomorphism. For instance, human etiquette was imposed onto the rivers, when the artists formally introduced one branch of the watercourse to the other. Flasks of (untreated) river water were clinked and drunk in a toast of greeting, and passed between mouths in a kiss. These actions foregrounded the absurdity and inadequacy of human attempts to ‘meet’ the other-than-human. But they were also affective experiences, which reconfigured the artists within the more-than-human world, opening them to the risk of waterborne disease.

Item Type:Performance
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Donald, Professor Minty
Authors: Donald, M., and Millar, N.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
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