Some:when launch Sat 6th June, 2-4 pm

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And at long last… …the much anticipated launch of the Some:when flatner will be taking place this Saturday as part of the Langport Town Festival. We will launch the boat from the steps near Bow Bridge. If you are driving, please park at Ridgway or near the bridge to avoid interrupting the Spirit Levels dress rehearsal at the other end of Cocklemoor.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Boat glue

You know those moments of doubt? When you wonder whether art can ever really be relevant to environmental and social issues, when you know it’s not exactly going to save the earth?

Well. Apparently we have the answer. Gorilla glue can fix it all:

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Today’s jobs were what it says on the tin – tough, but effective. The whole base of the boat is now glued, clamped and screwed, and curing overnight ready for cutting out tomorrow.

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Thankfully our work was punctuated by visits from a couple of old and new friends – our boat now has the approval of an experienced sea captain. And as if to remind us what the whole thing is about, ‘Planet Earth’ put on a spectacular sunset display to round off a cold but beautiful and productive day.

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Resilience: Just do it?! Governing for resilience in vulnerable places

We presented a paper as part of Resilience: Just do it?! Governing for resilience in vulnerable places in Groningen (Netherlands). This paper’s title is “Socially engaged art practice for a living landscape” in which some:when is the core of its content. By collaborating together, Jethro and I have developed a complex approach to art which is applied and develop in some:when, and articulating it in this paper (and presentation) has given us more learnings and challenges. The abstract of this paper is the following:

Abstract

The changing climate and increasingly frequent extreme weather events have brought a new urgency both to hydrological debate and to questions of social preparedness and resilience (Adger, 2000). The current interest in resilience and community engagement merits a new attention to the creative and experimental methods devised by socially-engaged arts practitioners, during almost a century of critical, innovative engagement with (and in) community settings.

We identify two distinct registers at which resilience and socially engaged art intersect. Firstly, creative practice and engagement with the unfamiliar offer new skills and expanded frames of reference, to support increased resourcefulness and adaptability. Secondly, through building meaningful relations across perceived boundaries, artists offer routes to both greater cohesion and critical engagement, thus addressing wider questions of power, equality and visibility, that can be seen as key factors in the resilience of particular communities in responding to extreme weather events.

This paper reviews the current collaborative practices of two socially- and hydrologically- engaged artists, asking how critical frameworks can be applied to support these concerns, in working with flood-affected communities in South West England. Artists Jethro Brice and Seila Fernandez Arconada reflect on some of the historical and contemporary models which inform and guide their practice.

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Thanks to the all participants, speakers and in special to the organisers, the Coastal Resilience Research Group at the University of Groningen.

 

 

Conference about the River Parret, UK-Dutch exchange.

On the Tuesday 7th of October, Somerset Levels and Moors was the context for the first session of the Dutch-UK exchange conference organised by Aquae/ Aqua-δ BV & Fidai PROFLO, Nijmegen & London in which some:when project was presented. Conversations around Somerset flooding are happening and some:when is part of it. This project aims to be part of this current discourse as this project essence is collaborating with other participants and experts both local and international in order to make it happening. The complexities of Somerset Levels and Moors as a landscape, its particular relationship with the tide, the special weather pattern, etc. makes the research of this project more profound and exciting.

During this conference, different perspectives about the flooding were presented opening up new ways of understanding the relationship between water, human being and landscape.

Thanks to all speakers and organisers, specially to Dr. Marnix de Vriend.

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Prof. Dr. Toine Smits

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Prof. Dr. Steve Pooles

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Langport Mummers

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Drs. Marnix de Vriend

Some:when workshops

During the last few weeks, Some:when has been the core of our work both by learning for and from it. Some:when workshops during Somerset Arts Weeks was a fascinating experience, thanks to everyone who came.

The sail of the Flatner is already started! A number of participants both young and adults looked at their experiences of the flooding by locating themselves in the relationship between human being, land and water in the Somerset Levels and Moors. During the process of converting the plastic bags into the sail patchworks, many ideas and interesting conversations happened. Some ideas about how Somerset Levels and Moors could be in the future or representations from memory, were the focus of the participants, a mix of interesting stories where imagination was the key.

In addition, it was very interesting to hear stories about people related with the Flatner personally in one way or another, when memories are still there and some people still remember this boat being around their lives in the past or even knowing people who still have one. We are still in the track to find more information about it, fascinating.

Thanks in special to the Youth Club and Somerset Art Works for such a great support.

Here there are some images of the workshops.

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We will be running some workshops in the short future in order to continue making the sail of the Flatner, keep an eye in our agenda.

Thank you!

Dutch-UK knowledge exchange event on Tuesday 7th Oct

A special three-day event on the Parrett, Thames and Ouse, involving scientists, planners, artists and landscape designers from the Netherlands and UK together with local residents, to exchange knowledge around water management and flooding.

The first day is in Somerset, with an interesting and varied program including talks, presentations, field trips and art events,as well as a lovely meal and plenty of opportunity to chat and get to know each other.

Some:when artists Seila Fernandez Arconada and Jethro Brice will be presenting on the project, as well as other work by Jethro from the series Unruly Waters

Reduced tickets are available for local residents to allow them to attend alongside academic delegates. Click the link below for more information and to book a place.

http://www.aqua-deltamarnix.com/index-uk%20event-program.html

Fluid Tense: Exploring watery pasts and futures of St. Werburghs II

Fluid Tense: exploring watery pasts and futures of St. Werburghs with local artists Jethro Brice and Seila Fernández Arconada

This creative, participatory workshop explores the past, present and future waterscapes of St. Werburghs and the surrounding area, each person contributing a small piece to a surprise outdoor spectacle.

This workshop took place in Bristol (UK) the 16th of September 2014 as part of the project HighWaterLine (www.highwaterline.org).

Thanks to all the participants.

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