Tied, an Outdoor Performance


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The tide is out, but on the turn.  Some women, dressed in the muted colours of their environment, arrive between a pair of groynes on the beach.  Mindful of the tide, they begin their work, with intense concentration, using reels of nylon cord in smooth synchronisation.  A low murmuring emanates from the women as they work, changing subtly in pitch and rhythm and the activity wears on.  This background noise has an organic shape and texture, as if articulating their immediate environment: the approaching tide, the changing light levels, the intervention of sea birds in the airspace. The previously bright sky gradually darkens and thunder rumbles in the distance. The wind picks up, drops of rain begin to spatter, high tide approaches.  The rain and wind intensify.  Yet the women remain at their work, despite the water lapping at their ankles, now at their knees…

Performance for Whitstable Biennale Satellite, 11th June 2016

Photo by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenVideo still by John MickleburghPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Daniel MoravanszkyPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenPhoto by Chris GreenVideo still by John MickleburghVideo still by John MickleburghVideo still by John MickleburghVideo still by John Mickleburgh