Guddling About: an ecological performance practice with water and other nonhuman collaborators

Donald, M. (2019) Guddling About: an ecological performance practice with water and other nonhuman collaborators. GeoHumanities, 5(2), pp. 591-619. (doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2019.1652106)

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This essay evokes and reflects on Guddling About, an evolving suite of performances with watercourses. Guddling uses performance to explore human-environmental interrelations, with a focus on human-water interrelations. Guddling was initiated by artist-researchers Minty Donald and Nick Millar and developed in collaboration with watercourses in Canada, Scotland, Germany, Finland, England, and Spain. The essay locates Guddling in relation to a spectrum of critical thinking and practice with which the project is in conversation. It discusses Guddling in relation to four key ideas: Jane Bennett’s strategic anthropomorphism (2010), Donna Haraway’s “staying with the trouble” and “making kin” (2016), and Karen Barad’s “intra-action” (2007). The essay proposes Guddling as a practice that brings new materialism into dialogue with other forms of materialism, such as cultural materialism. It proposes Guddling as a form of “weak” performance: an ecological practice that challenges anthropocentrism, while facing up to the pervasiveness of human exceptionalism.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Donald, Professor Minty
Authors: Donald, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:GeoHumanities
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):2373-5678
Published Online:01 November 2019

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