/// FATHOM /// Bodily Knowledge and the Bottom of the Sea

Image via Shutterstock, courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016.
Thursday 22 March, 2018

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Clovelly RSL clubhouse and Clovelly foreshore and waters,
Clovelly Beach, Sydney  


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Water, darkness, unbearable pressure: the bottom of the sea is by definition an environment uninhabitable by humans. And yet, we humans have also always inhabited it. We have done this imaginatively (through art, literature, and creative speculation) and increasingly, empirically (sensing, mapping, measuring, imaging, trawling, testing, and more). While we may be tempted to separate scientific ways of knowing from artistic or imaginative ones, we might also ask: don’t all of these efforts engage in embodied ways of knowing? Are not all of these approaches different ways of extending ourselves, prosthetically, beyond our discrete bodily limits? If undertaken thoughtfully, might these all be ways of responding to the sea’s mystery with curiosity, wonder, and care?

This workshop brings together practitioners across the arts and sciences, who engage various methods for knowing the bottom of the sea. Through discussion, demonstration, experimentation and (literal) immersion, we will consider the complementarity of our methods, their embodied nature, as well as the risks, ethics and politics of turning mystery into mastery.

This is a closed workshop. For more information, please contact Astrida Neimanis: astrida.neimanis@sydney.edu.au

This workshop is funded through Dr. Astrida Neimanis’s MASSIF Fellowship entitled “What the Ocean Remembers,” in collaboration with SEI.