Lunchtime Performance | Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary

wetlands imaginary

Join ; a place, of their own. for a performance walk – listening for, and collectively exploring new counter-myths for a wetlands imaginary. Together, we will read, reflect and enact this imaginary through a series of moments and intra-actions with the reeds, marshes and ecosystems of Walthamstow.

Meet at 12 noon at the Walthamstow Wetlands Visitor CentreThe walk will last approximately 1 hour, followed by a discussion at the  Centre.
Light refreshments will be provided after the walk including vegan cake provided by Hornbeam Community Cafe & Environment Centre using organic, fresh, locally produced and surplus ingredients. Please wear appropriate, warm clothing.
Developed through a residency at Walthamstow Wetlands Centre, Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary is a performative inquiry into global wetlands loss and an exploration of resistant wetland imaginaries led by art + spatial practice ;a place, of their own which will culminate with an exhibition on the 23 November as part of Art Assembly, a one-day festival from Art Fund and Waltham Forest.
Considering approaches to climate change and the environment against the backdrop of Walthamstow Wetlands – within the context of the ecological crisis that has led to the loss of up to 75% of the world's wetlands –through a collective process of producing maps, stories and myths the artists wish to develop a 'global wetlands imaginary', as an ecological imaginative space for human and non-human co-existence and as a metaphor for new forms of multispecies solidarity.
Taking as a starting point social scientist Macarena Gomez-Barris's notion of "colonialism as the underpinning logic that continually wreaks havoc upon localized social ecologies", the project will build on ;a place, of their own’s work with Arts Catalyst exploring ideas of decolonisation, borders, geopower and extraction.
An exhibition taking place at Winns Gallery on the 23 November will feature an installation combining audiovisual and performative elements with maps and sounds from global wetlands, developed throughout the residency by the artists in collaboration with workshop participants.  
Art Assembly is a one-day festival brought to you by Art Fund and Waltham Forest to explore how art can make a difference.