MURKY HORIZONS, 2020 - 

‘Murky Horizons’ is an ongoing and expansive project which delves into the phenomenon of eerie radical others. Investigating eeriness is to look beyond the romantic notion of a pastoral Britain that has never existed, it’s to embrace something stirring, rising, unsettling in the landscape, a hauntology of dark pasts and uncertain futures in the face of climate collapse.

 

The main site for the work is Wardie Bay beach (in North Edinburgh) which is predicted to be underwater by 2050, it’s a drowning beach. Through a process of enquiry, I am exploring how to capture this landscape that is soon to be lost. By undertaking embodied fieldwork I ask questions about the future, past and present.

 

The project will be featured in The Tide magazine (Aral Sea Productions) in April 2021.

MURKY HORIZONS AUDIO PERFORMANCE (ABOVE) CHAPTERS

00 mins 00 sec: A softening of the rocks / 02 mins 34 secs: Seabird interlude / Murky Horizons: 03 mins 06 secs / 04mins 37 secs: I am covered in salt / 07 mins 45 secs: Gasping for breath interlude  / 07 mins 53 secs: A Drowning Out / 09 mins 14 secs: Singing to the seaweed

A DROWNING OUT 

A series of 6 digital photographs (above)

SINGING TO THE SEAWEED

Graphic score collage. An upcoming mixtape of responses to a visual score for a chapter in the ‘Murky Horizons’ audio performance.

All artwork is © Joanne Matthews unless otherwise stated, and cannot be used without permission from the artists.