7th June - 23rd June 2019*
Friday 7 June 2019
19.30 - 20:00
Performance #1: ‘Deep Love Sales: Drop A Winner x Bubbles Of Time (2019)’
Friday 14 June 2019
19:30 - 20:00
Performance: Subterranean Bingo x The Sun’s First Red Giant Phase - with Korallia Stergides & Raphael Schulenburg
20:00 - 21:00
Dome Sweet Home
Open discussion between artists Korallia Stergides, Raphael Schulenburg & Dr Rikke Berg Jensen (Royal Holloway)
‘I’M IN THE BATH ON ALL FOURS…’ is a 3-phase visual art exhibition and interspersed series of talks, performances, workshops and screenings curated by Well Projects and artist Flora Parrott. Its premise stems from a research trip, undertaken by Flora Parrott, to learn about a recently discovered cave dwelling fish, the Cave Loach, that inhabits a labyrinthine cave network. In each phase of ‘I’m in the bath on all fours’ a pair of artists, artist-groups or researchers are invited to collaborate and expand upon notions of the sub-aqueous, engaging with the nature of water, embodied experience and the deep dark in relation to community and commonality.
For the final iteration of the project, artists Korallia Stergides & Raphael Schulenburg (in conversation with Dr Rachael Squire) have developed a site-specific installation and series of performances under the guise of their collaborative character ‘Deep Love’.
Entering into a cave system or a body of water reorients your relationship to the cartographic. The usual fixation on a determinable two-dimensional map is exchanged for a volumetric axis in which distinct entities such as temporality, relativity and materiality become entangled into a new thought space. Floating down into this space we meet Deep Love; “You are an ephemeral bubble of time just waiting to be popped”.
Interplay between spatial relativity and geological time underpins Deep Loves’ performative enquiry into environmental decision making and Planetarity; an evocation of the planet as that which exceeds human control.
Taking cues from texts and conversations with Geo-humanities Scholar, Dr Rachael Squire, the exhibition uses the proposed and imagined protective environments of sealed dome enclosures as a framework to metabolise and forecast tomorrow’s future. Using processes of storytelling, objects and monologue, Deep Love recollects, revisits and regurgitates apocryphal and on-going narratives that are unearthed in scientific predictions of our new epoch
Through a series of reworked planetary scale arcade games, we are taken on a journey through the causalities and outcomes of gut instincts and ecological thinking, from making sense of a dream to the digestion of the Anthropocene.
“Life’s a gamble, get to know your future gut. Through the Well of today, into a Volcanic Cavity of yesterday we take an Icelandic bath into tomorrow”
- Your Gastrointestinal Tract Oracle, Deep Love
KORALLIA STERGIDES is currently an MA Student of Fine Art Media at The Slade School Of Art, University College London and graduate of Central Saint Martins Performance Design and Practice in 2016. Her work is process led, she uses choreographic and spatial processes to interweave experimental film , objects, voice, poetry, performance and installation creating fiction out of fragments to make playful discoveries through live and mediated spaces. Improvisations are collated into an archive; a trace of process as well as a product in its own right. Forms of hyper collage and editing act as gateways between the Macrocosm and Microcosm sieving autobiographical narrative, historical and ecological fact to create new myth. The abstraction of home is a method of organising and exploring narratives in her work. Past collaborations include Chisenhale Gallery, ICA, Channel 4, The Natural History Museum, Arts Catalyst, London Sinfonietta Orchestra, The BFI and Siobhan Davies Dance, London. Her most recent performance, a live radio piece Deep Love On Air : Love Me Tender aired on Resonance 104.4 FM in May, 2019. Other recent performances include Deep Love Auctions : Bags Of Time at Milton Keynes Arts Center and Toynbee Studios ( Arts Admin ) 2019.
RAPHAEL SCHULENBURG is a performance practitioner working within the disciplines of theatre, film, design and live- art. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London where he studied Performance Design and Practice. His work has been exhibited and performed solo and collaboratively at Centre of Performing Arts MITOS in Cyprus, with Low Entertainment at Arch 5 in London, at the Platform Theatre London, Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.