Watermeets: Kuopio

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

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Abstract

Watermeets: Kuopio was the third in a series of ‘watermeets’ performances, devised by Minty Donald and Nick Millar in partnership with water management company, Kuopion Vesi, and commissioned for ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art, Kuopio, Finland, September 2017. Audience members attending Watermeets: Kuopio were asked to bring with them to the performance a sample of water from their everyday lives in a bottle provided for the purpose. The performances entailed meetings between humans, water and other nonhuman stuff in the Market Square of Kuopio, followed by a bus journey to either the local fresh water or waste water treatment plants, operated by Kuopion Vesi. At the treatment plants, audience members met employees of Kuopion Vesi and some of the waters and other things that they work with. The performance culminated in the construction of an interactive installation, made from frozen lake and processed water cast into the form of pipes, gutters and bowls. Audience members were invited to introduce their water samples to the ice installation and to observe the waters as they mingled, melted, evaporated and dissipated. Surrounded by Lake Kallavesi, the city of Kuopio’s identity is shaped by its striking, watery location. Watermeets: Kuopio invited audience-participants to engage with the functional and less spectacular water infrastructure of the city: the people, drainage systems and treatment plants that process Kuopio’s drinking, waste and run-off water and their complex interconnections with the more celebrated ‘natural’ network of the region’s lakes and inlets. It invited reflection on the specific characteristics of human-water inter-relations in and around Kuopio, particularly the transformation of the environment through seasonal change: Lake Kallavesi is generally frozen for two to three months each year. It encouraged audience-participants to consider meeting as a more-than-human activity and to experience and contemplate the consequences of extending behaviours typically associated with humans beyond humanity.

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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