Sat 24 – Sun 25 Nov, Hourly sailings between 12-8pm
Waterborne uses lyrical narrative to describe the afterlife of the body and the process of its decay in water. The work asks the listener to imagine and relocate their own body underwater, as it dissolves and dislocates on a journey from a canal, into a river, and out into the sea. Experienced on and by the River Aire, as you travel you'll hear a spoken narrative written from forensic case studies of human bodies immersed in and transported by water, combined with research on the ecosystems of rivers and tidal waters.
Waterborne is one of four audio works from French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series. All works in the series chart in poetic yet forensic detail the course of a human body’s decay and the influence of a particular environment on its transformation (woodland, water, museum, and home).
Supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, the artists collaborated with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators in developing each piece, researching the minute details of decay to create a series of works that puncture our fear of the unknown.
To take part, you'll need to book a place.
A quayside version of Waterborne will be available anytime 12pm-8pm with no need to book in advance.
If you have access requirements, please contact us before you make a booking on [email protected]
PLEASE NOTE: Should the River Aire be in flood on 24th or 25th November then sailings will not go ahead as the waterways will be closed. Audiences will be able to enjoy the quayside experience instead.