Watermeets: Hamburg

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2017) Watermeets: Hamburg. [Performance]

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Abstract

Watermeets: Hamburg was a city-wide participatory performance and the second in a series of ‘watermeets’ works. It was devised by Minty Donald and Nick Millar, and made with the waterways of Hamburg, Germany; audiences and delegates attending Theatre der Welt festival and the Performance Studies international conference at Kampnagel Theatre, Hamburg; and human and other-than-human inhabitants of Hamburg. At points where waters meet throughout the city, many where tributaries join Hamburg’s major waterways, the Elbe and Alster Rivers, Donald and Millar borrowed samples of water and performed playful rituals of meeting and greeting: between and with the bodies of water, between themselves, and among the other people and things that they encountered. These included taking selfies of the water and posting on social media about the meetings. The samples of borrowed water were taken to Kampnagel, where people attending the Theatre der Welt festival and Performance Studies international conference were invited to ‘befriend’ a small bottle of borrowed water. They were asked to accompany the water for the duration of the festival/conference and to introduce it to human and other-than-human things that they encountered. They were encouraged to photograph these meetings and to post images and comments on social media. #watermeetshamburg Watermeets: Hamburg invited human participants to engage with meeting as a more-than-human activity and to experience and contemplate the consequences of extending behaviours typically associated with humans beyond humanity. The performances were also intended to encourage human participants to attend to the specific characteristics of human-water inter-relations in Hamburg.

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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