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“Water Table Performance Charciabałda",

Connolly, Robert Brian (2014) “Water Table Performance Charciabałda",. "The Nomadic Arts Festival 2014" 'Between Wheat & Pine', Charciabałda, Poland. [Performance]

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URL: http://nomadicartsfestival.com/past-festivals/

Abstract

Water Table Performance in Charciabałda, Poland, as part of the Nomadic Arts Festival 2014: ‘Between Wheat & Pine’ 30th. August 2014.On arrival in the Charcialbalda Festival context, I surveyed the location including surrounding pine forest and pastures. In the end I choose to perform at the heart of the community - beside the well from which all the water for the festival was drawn.I used a similar strategy as previous ‘Water Table’ Performances, but in this occasion I had created A4 prints of the contemporary Polish Oil & Gas Industry & Fracking, as well as images of Polish Rivers with Oil & Gas Company Logos superimposed to lay on top of the river images.During the performance I slowly raised the table by clamping lengths of wood onto each of the table legs, in turn. Over time raising the table up to about three meters height. On each of the lengths of wood used to extend the table legs I stapled one of the images.As the table rose the shorter wooden batons were replaced by longer ones. The removed batons were placed around the well, forming a kind of defensive circle.My intention, and the main theme within the artwork is the danger that the Shale Gas and the Oil & Gas Industry represents for the Polish Environment, particularly for water. The term ‘Water Table’ has two meanings in English, in this case it refers to the actual table in the performance and also to the ‘water table’, or level of ground water, under our feet. This was particularly prescient at the Charciabalda context as the water from under our feet was used to drink, cook and clean. We often forget how much we humans, and all life, relies on pure, clean water. If forgotten and neglected it may quickly become polluted under our noses and behind our backs.

Item Type:Performance
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Space and Place
Art and Design Research Institute
Date:30 August 2014
Location:"The Nomadic Arts Festival 2014" 'Between Wheat & Pine', Charciabałda, Poland.
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Event titleEvent locationEvent start dateEvent end dateDurationDescriptionMedia of outputEvent publisherEvent URLProps or artefacts, costumesChoreography/actionScript or supporting narrative or soundPost-performance evidence or display
Nomadic Arts Festival - 'Between Wheat & Pine'.Charciabałda, Poland29 August 201431 August 2014Performance lasted approximately 4.5 hours.A durational, Site-specific Performance at the heart of the Festival Community, alongside the well.Artists PerformanceNomadic Arts Festivalhttp://nomadicartsfestival.com/past-festivals/1 table constructed prior to my arrival from on site recycled wood, 1 chair, 1 step ladder, 1 metal bowl of water, silver ball placed on a circular silver salver/platter, A handfull of earth placed at the centre of the table,, a branch from an oak tree placed vertically on top of the table, an inflatable globe covered in band-aids, pieces of recycled wooden batons, a Plumb-line, A4 print outs depicting the Oil & Gas/Fracking Industry in Poland and Polish Rivers with Oil & Gas Company Logos superimposed on the river images, 8 clamps,UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
ID Code:31319
Deposited By: Mr Robert Connolly
Deposited On:04 Apr 2016 01:33
Last Modified:04 Apr 2016 01:33

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