Episode Eight – Still Water Goes Stagnant
Still water is dangerous. It renders life-giving water toxic as it conceals and cultivates manifold diseases. The duality of this existance – an element that is at the same time essential to human life and a potential threat – is the central theme of the exhibition Still Water Goes Stagnant.
Examining the divergent states of landscape, documentation, connectivity, and simulacra, the exhibition includes new video work by New Zealand artists Kate Woods and Brydee Rood alongside the Indonesian collective Tromarama.
Brydee Rood is an Auckland based performance artist and in February of 2016 she floated with survival blankets on the Whanganui River. The resulting installation, which is accompanied by photographs from her survival perfomance in India, speaks to the state of emergency faced by many rivers across the world and our role as poisoners and potential saviours.
During Brydee’s time in Whanganui podcast host and curator of the exhibition, Sarah McClintock, sat down with her and talked about her practice, what it means to create performance art, and her new work Whanganui River Gold Waters.
The exhibition Still Water Goes Stagnant will be on view at Sarjeant on the Quay 7 May – 31 July, 2016.
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