Water Bodies | Cara Farnan & Jennifer Moore at Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast

Water Bodies | Cara Farnan & Jennifer Moore at Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast


06/08/2020 - 03/09/2020    
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Catalyst Arts
5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS, Belfast

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Opening: August 6th, 4-8pm with performance by Artist Cara Farnan from 7-8pm. BYOB permitted but strictly NO GLASS.

Water Bodies is an exhibition which has materialised from a collaborative process between three practitioners and friends; Cara Farnan, Jennifer Moore and Emma Brennan. The exhibition and its’ associated events have been born out of an online dialogue that opened up between the three which was both specific and unique in its nature as it ran concurrently with initial Covid-19 quarantine and isolation practices.

Spilling, soaking, swimming, flowing, absorbing, dissolving, drifting, washing, clinging, falling, rushing, pulling, meandering, trickling, rippling, draining, pouring, ebbing, flooding, dripping, pouring, sinking, floating.

In our pool of communication, each of us became a channel or current for things to move through and between – various texts, podcasts, music, interviews, writings and essays, as well as personal writings, poetry, ideas, images, sounds and videos. The intimacy of friendship provided space for listening and sharing not only thoughts and interests but also feelings, frustrations and daily habits. This process of pouring out and absorbing not only intellectually but emotionally and physically has anchored this collaboration.

Water Bodies, as a physical exhibition, exists as one of a number of expressions of this dialogue, lifting the content and character of this ongoing conversation out of a virtual world and allowing the viewer to walk around within it. It is a show that relinquishes ideas of ownership, moving towards a desire for collaborative practice that is free of hierarchical structure, and exists more truly as a representation of flowing rituals of communicating, sharing and making.

This process has guided our collective focus toward the expanding and contracting flow of knowledge and feelings as they pass endlessly, shifting in shape, through interactions and exchanges between ourselves, places, things and people. Dancing boundaries. Opening bodies.

Cyclically, ideas of distance and desire have surfaced throughout our conversations as ever-present forces, both powerful and subtle, affecting the pace and depth of these flows of exchange. Over time, the colour blue and the medium of water became recurring symbols whose essence and nature has coloured our language and approach to materialising this show.

Please note that this show opens in compliance with government guidelines on social distancing. It is paramount to Catalyst that we ensure all staff and visitors are safe and so we please ask that you wear a mask or face covering and sanitise your hands when entering the gallery. If you do not have a mask a disposable one will be provided for you as will sanitiser.

The number of visitors in the gallery will be monitored and some queuing might be required during busy periods, we will ask visitors to observe social distancing of 2 metres both outside and inside the gallery. Please note that the toilet and kitchen will not be available to visitors, we apologise for any inconvenience.

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