Hydrosapien

Authors: Laura Denning*, NA
Topics: Environmental Perception, Cultural Ecology, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: hydrofeminism, Deaf, Performance, Coir, Silent, Voice, Experimentation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Madison B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Hydrosapien was a 30 minute performance which offered audiences creative routes into the essay Hydrofeminism (Neimanis 2012), whilst exploring some potential edges or borders of sound – silence on the one hand and noise on the other. The performance consisted of a mass silent choir accompanied by a duo of experimental voice artists. The choir used British Sign Language (BSL) to present an excerpt from the essay. Dressed in black and wearing orange gloves, their synchronised choreography provided a visually arresting foil to the sonically arresting voice work of the duo, whose interpretation of the same excerpt of Hydrofeminism avoided word based language in favour of bodily utterances. Of course, neither silence or noise resulted. Instead, the piece embodied the notion of ecotone as presented within the essay…’more than just a marker of separation or even a marker of connection (although importantly both of these things), an ecotone is also a zone of fecundity, creativity, transformation; of becoming, assembling, multiplying; of diverging, differentiating, relinquishing. Something happens.’ (2012)
A short video has been produced which explores the creation and presentation of the piece. My proposal for this session is to screen the video and to present a short paper which develops Hydrosapien as an example of a watery transgression which
narrates, visualises and performs water as a unique sounding. Hydrosapien offers a creative glimpse into some watery spaces, temporalities and processes, whilst
intervening in dominant identities by harnessing the creative appetite of the D/deaf community to be part of the conversation.

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