DIY: 2013 – Lucy Neal & Simone Kenyon ‘Waterproof’



Simone Kenyon and Lucy Neal

With In Between Time
A day-long event to collectively explore what makes up our understandings of water.

Project Summary:

Water is H2o Hydrogen two parts, oxygen one.
But there is also a third thing, that makes it water
And nobody knows what that is

— D H Lawrence, The Third Thing

This project consists of a one-day event that takes participants to a natural place of water near Bristol. We will journey together in the early morning and stay in this location to experience a body of water in a variety of ways. We will collectively attempt to consider what makes up water’s unknown element, the ‘Third Thing’. The day will involve walking, paddling, swimming, reflection, stories, information, action, open questions, food, warmth and being in your bathing suit.

We are interested in initiating action, thought and conversation about art and the art of resilience, ecology, activism, access and the political act of swimming and bathing. This is not a wild swimming adventure excursion, but a chance to reflect upon, discuss and physically submerge ourselves through explorations of this element and natural condition. We wish to bring a variety of participants together that includes both artists and people with specific interests in relation to the day. This includes both swimmers and non-swimmers to share a day together contemplating the properties of water, our relationship to it and the creative potential it offers.

The event will offer the opportunity to explore, individually and collectively, interests and themes connected to water and how this relates to creative practice/lives.

Dates, times, location(s):
Saturday 31 August. Morning till mid afternoon (exact times tbc)
Within the surrounding area of Bristol (exact location tbc)

Application procedure:
There are places for 20 participants on this project. Participation in the project is free, but participants will need to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Bristol. Travel options within Bristol to the place of water will be confirmed. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. Afternoon snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in being part of this project, we would welcome a short email explaining your interest and appreciation of water, including a line on what D H Lawrence’s ‘Third Thing’ might be for you.

Please email [email protected] (cc’d to [email protected]) using “DIY10” as the subject line. Applications must be received by Sunday 23 June.

The Artists:

Simone Kenyon has been working as an artist, performer and producer for the past 15 years. She has been training in Body Weather for almost a decade, as a means to explore physical perception and experience of time and environments, and in particular through walking and journeying. Simone is interested in most things that explore natural environment, including facing her fears through outdoor swimming in both fresh water and seas.

Lucy Neal is a theatre-maker and educator excited by celebratory events and how they act as a catalyst for change. Co-founder of the LIFT Festival, her current work looks at how the arts inspire different ways of living with the ecological limits of a finite planet. Active in the Transition Town movement she is writing Playing For Time, about transitional arts practice and acts of creative community. She swims year round at the Tooting Bec Lido and has a gold medal in ‘head-up’ breast stroke.

Contact information:
Simone Kenyon on [email protected]
This DIY project is supported by In Between Time.

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