‘Marine Lovers...their fishy beginnings’ is an exhibition and performance by London-based artist, Zoë Marden. Running from 24 September until 2 October in the Project Space at V.O Curations, the exhibition comprises a new three-channel film and multimedia installation. Working in collaboration with Mohammed Rowe, Imogen Alvares and Pierre, Marden’s performance will be presented twice during this time, at 6pm on Friday 24 September, and at 3pm on Saturday 2 October. Book tickets for the performances here.
The liquid lake calls to us, reminding us of the watery world from whence we all came. We are 60% water, or so the saying goes…so how do we build the hydrocommons of our dreams? How do we fight the fires, the floods, the pollutants, the droughts that have become the status quo? Can we throw our individualism out with the bath water or instead siphon it into shared waterways and pool our resources. Can we rebuild relations with our amphibious allies, the creatures of yesteryear. Slip into something more comfortable, a wet suit perhaps? A slippery seal coat that transforms us from human to animal. A slippery sexuality that transforms us across the multitude of genders and ebbs and flows with the tides. We are the marine lovers of today and our fishy beginnings have only just begun.
Marden’s performance is an exploration of watery embodiment, looking at the writing of Astrida Neimans in her text “Bodies of Water”. It is developed in collaboration with sound artist Mohammed Rowe and performers Imogen Alvares and Pierre. The sound will be generated live incorporating a mix of field recordings creating an improvisation feedback loop between the performers and the live sound. It will be presented twice during the exhibition, at 6pm on Friday 24 September, and at 3pm on Saturday 2 October. To book tickets, please click here.
“For us humans, the flow and flush of waters sustain our own bodies, but also connect them to other bodies, to other worlds beyond our human selves. Indeed, bodies of water undo the idea that bodies are necessarily or only human. The bodies from which we siphon and into which we pour ourselves are certainly other human bodies (a kissable lover, a blood transfused stranger, a nursing infant), but they are just as likely a sea, a cistern, an underground reservoir of once-was-rain.”
-Astrida Neimanis, Bodies of Water
This project is presented by AORA Space and V.O Curations.
Please note capacity is limited for the performances in line with social distancing. We ask that audience members wear face masks, unless exempt.
Zoë Marden is an artist, curator and writer. Zoë works with performance, video, text, sound, sculpture and installation to create alternate worlds and speculative futures. She is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art’s Moving Image MA. Her works are research-focused and are concerned with Posthuman feminisms and where they overlap with the postcolonial. Her intimate performances play with the voice, activating soundscapes of desire and vulnerability, while recent projects have investigated the mythologies of witches and mermaids and their resonance within contemporary culture.
Recent performances and exhibitions include: AORA:IV, Urbanism (2021), DOMINO, PAF Festival, Prague (2020), Futureless, Somos Berlin (2020) Remember the Liquid Ground, Gasworks, London (2020), Stay Live at Home, Perform Istanbul (2020), Grounded, Coastal Currents Arts Festival (2020), Gaze to the UNKNOWN, Mimosa House, London (2019); AMY/YMA, Serpentine Gallery, London (2019); Unbothered + Moisturised, Eaton Workshop, Hong Kong (2019); Equinox Light Cure, Exposed Arts, London (2019); CAMPerVAN Presents: The Trio, q|Lab, Milan (2017); Manifesta 11, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich (2016). She is part of the CAMPerVAN collective, a nomadic queer performance platform that has been active since 2016.
Mohammed Rowe is an artist born and raised in London, who uses sound as a medium of expression and communication. His works include elements of found sound, experimental and improvised music, and his compositions tend to draw from the immediate environment. He uses an array of processes and recording techniques in order to capture and mould different forms of composition. His approach has also incorporated his sound into interactive installations, moving image, theatre and performance through collaborations with artists from different disciplines. Collaborations with artists from different practices continue to enrich his own approach.
Imogen Alvarez is a professional dancer and teacher based in London. Raised by classical musicians, she grew up in a household filled with live music and started dancing around the house from a young age. She went on to train at Rambert School, gaining her Bachelors Degree in 2017 and her Masters Degree in 2020. In 2019 Imogen joined Michael Keegan-Dolan’s company Teac Damsa for the production of MÁM. Previously she was part of Rambert2, performing works by Sharon Eyal, Ohad Naharin, Benoit Swan Pouffer. Her other credits include performing with Antler Theatre, Jona Dance Company, Second Hand Dance, Petri Delights, as well as dancing commercially in music videos, installations and films.
Pierre is a movement artist trained in theatre and contemporary dance. Their choreography work explores issues around sexuality, bending binaries around gender and cultural identity. Their work spans music videos, short films, live performance within galleries, theatre and clubs. They trained at Millennium Performing Arts (London) and Tanzfabrik (Berlin). In 2017 they formed Pierre & Baby with Luke Bafico a queer dance duo. Their work has been performed at The V&A, Wellcome Collection, The Place, The Yard, Grow Tottenham, Ugly Duck, The Chateau and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and have been featured in Hunger Magazine, Paper, Chrom-Art and Run-Riot. In 2019 Pierre created 'mind ur head' with fraserfab ~ a queer dance platform & party for dance artists that identify outside of the binary.
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