Image: Dominika Kieruzel, 2017

Zoe Czavda Redo, Tuuli Malla & Xavier Velastin
Water bodies


Water bodies is an open-ended practical symposium, on land and in water, for adapting to life on an inundated planet.

This lab aims to develop individual and collective strategies for our next evolutionary stage as human amphibians. As sea levels rise, some will climb to high elevations or look for boats or land on other planets. Water bodies proposes to embrace life in the water. Participants (find out how to apply to take part below) are invited to prepare for the transition to living and interacting in an aquatic environment, exploring how our bodies might adapt and move, and how we might communicate.

Zoe, Tuuli and Xavier are inspired by accelerationism, science fiction, afrofuturism, mythology, and sea mammals’ evolution millions of years ago. Water Bodies explores strategies for living in and with water, with participants ‘evolving’ into aquatic life forms using movement practices, underwater acoustics and environmental research.

The project invites artist participants willing to expand their practice (artistic or otherwise) towards a new and impending medium. This might include anyone with a water-based practice (swimming, diving etc) interested in bringing new perspectives and possibilities to their presence in the water, people with disabilities or conditions for whom movement and expression is restricted on land, and anyone who believes in speculative practices as an active site for collective development. The project is to be held on land and in various bodies of water in the seaside town of Whitstable.

Water Bodies is part of DIY:14, a Live Art Development Agency Project. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. 

With thanks to the Horsebridge Centre Whitstable for the use of their rehearsal and workshop spaces.



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Zoe Czavda Redo, Tuuli Malla & Xavier Velastin