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Water Ecologies with Matterlurgy: Writing and Listening with the River Tees

18 May 2019 1:00 pm - 18 May 2019 4:00 pm

During Middlesbrough’s Local History Month, we sail down the River Tees with artists Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright of Matterlurgy and RiverShack.  Together we draw on a series of listening and creative writing methods to engage with the River Tees in personal and artful ways.

Participants will work towards individual and collaborative writing that maps the poetic and political ecologies of water. We will use our own bodies – which are primarily composed of water – to navigate and measure our relation and connection to it, to activate hidden ecologies of water through observation, notation and environmental sensing. Co-constructed through a process of experimental responses to water, we will work with the flow of the river to consider how we live with it; how it shapes futures and influences imaginations; how water archives stories and highlights broader contexts of environmental change.

Matterlurgy is a collaborative practice initiated by Helena Hunter and Mark Peter Wright, artists originally from Teesside who currently live and work in London.

Approximate schedule:

13:00    Set off from MIMA (mini-bus)

13:30    Arrive at Yarm, short walk around old industrial sites.

13:50    Sail downstream towards Tees Barrage

15:20    Arrive at Tees Barrage

16:00    Set off for MIMA (mini-bus)

Free but places are limited on this trip, so please email K.Moses@tees.ac.uk and notify us of any access requirements.


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