Approved: 01.06.2020

Laura Denning

Artist, Film-maker, Researcher

Approved: 01.06.2020

My recent work interrogates the possibilities for using Hydrofeminism (Neimanis 2012) as a methodology for developing artwork which fuses feminist notions of transcorporeality with experimental geography. Going forward, I am developing moving image work which draws on Braille and movement to explore more-than-human relationships, aqueous imaginaries and watery ethics. 

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Artist Statement

My recent work interrogates the possibilities for using Hydrofeminism (Neimanis 2012) as a methodology for developing artwork which fuses feminist notions of transcorporeality with experimental geography. Going forward, I am developing moving image work which draws on Braille and movement to explore more-than-human relationships, aqueous imaginaries and watery ethics. 

Concurrently, I am developing a long term project entitled Intra Actions. This project started in 2018 and is ongoing. Intra-actions collects work written, performed and filmed as site-responsive pieces at a very particular location: Wonwell in South Devon. My relationship with Wonwell began in childhood. I have presented a short video poem about this site at ‘Flows of Entanglements’, a conference hosted by the University of Plymouth Geography Department in September 2019, and have engaged a number of people in walking conversations at the site, one at a time, such as representatives of the local AONB and Natural England, a paleoarchaelogist, an amputee war veteran, a diver interested in wrecks and ordinance, and others. There are many more of these conversations planned, with a view to building up a repository of embodied relationships that this ecotonic site hosts. Irregular journal entries add to material that I hope to develop into a publication.

CV & Education

Laura Denning

+44777 323 8314  [email protected]

Exhibitions/Installations/Productions

  • Tagore International Film Festival | Outstanding Achievement Awards in 4 categories: Debut Film-maker, Films on Disability, Short Films, Women’s Films, for Manual for Nomads. April 2020

·         March 2020 Alumni show, Bath School of Art & Design

·         September 2019 Go Rewild Yourself – participatory project for Plymouth Art Weekender

·         MayJune 2019 – ArtdotEarth – Dartington ‘Rhyne & Huish’ exhibition of prints

·         December 2018 - Rangoli Arts Centre, Bangalore – performance,

·         Sept 2018 – Hydrosapien Local Participation Commission with Plymouth Art Weekender

·         May 2018 – Art Week Exeter – Canteen

·         April 2018 – BEAF – Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival

·         May 2017 Primordial - group show curated by me as part of Fringe Arts Bath

·         Feb 2017 Liquid II- group show curated by me, Arts Quarter Budapest

·         October 2016 Art Language Location - Cambridge

·         Oct 2016 Sonic works broadcast on Radio Revolten International Radio Art , Germany

·         Sept 2016 - Cremyll Ferry Sound Piece & Aquatic Traffic Live Art,  PAW

·         August 2016 Hot Water screened as part of The Geumgang Nature Art Biennale Korea

·         Sept 2016 Multi-screening for Place, Ecology & the Digital, DRHA, University of Brighton

·         June 2016 Liquid - group show curated by me, Fringe Arts Bath

·         May 2016 Submersive Testimony - Media Wall, Bath Spa University  

·         Nov 2016 Sanctum Bristol – sound installation ‘The Underheard’

·         August 2015 Raw Catalyst Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University

 

Residencies

·         Nov 2019 Art-Science hothouse residency:  art.earth, CCANW, Science Walden

·         November 2018 – Srishti School of Art &Design, Bangalore

·         July 2018 – Concordia University, Montreal. Funded by GALA network.

·         June 2018 - Global Nomadic Art Project , UK. ‘The Ephemeral River’

·         March 2018 - Porthleven Prize, residency with BSAD

 

Awards

Arts Council England Recipient of COVID 19 Emergency Funding June 2020

Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Award £10k July 2019

Access Space Residency 2019 – Shortlisted 300 > 8

Jerwood Arts Bursaries 2019 shortlisted

AN Bursaries 2019 – Recipient of the Artists Development Awards (£1500)

Exeter University Arts & Culture Commissions 2019 – Shortlisted 100 > 3

Gala (Global Academy of Liberal Arts):

Fleuve collaborating with Eric Powell of Concordia University Montreal, on a project which explores the social and environmental ecologies of the St. Lawrence River(CA) and the River Severn (UK) Our first site visit was July 2018, the second was February 2019.

Srishti Institute, Bangalore 2018 – selected for fully funded Interim residency

Visual Arts Plymouth 2018 – Local Participation Commission £3k for Hydrosapien

Arts Council England 2018 - £10k project funding for Hydrosapien

Harbutt Fund 2017 – for development of sound work for Rhyne & Huish

Selected Participant in the CREST Summer School, Wellcome Institute, London (Leadership and Research Collaboration) September 2017

Porthleven Prize 2018  – one of 14 artists selected for fully funded residency

Plymouth City Council 2017 – 50% funding for Benthic Caress

KTH Seedbox Linkoping University 2017 – for attendance at International workshop on Writing the Environmental Humanities (Undisciplined Discipline)

 

Publications

·         Creative Practice featured in ‘Culture, Community, Climate’ art.earth 2020

·         Chapter in Monsoon Waters – 2019 University of Westminster

·         Book Review ‘Routledge handbook of gender and environment’ Green Letters, Taylor & Francis 2019

·         Chapter in ‘Imagining Islands: Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago’ Co-authored (with Prof. Owain Jones) Routledge 2018

·         Creative Practice featured in Yatoo GNAP publications (Korea) Water (2016) Wind (2018)

·         Creative Practice featured in ‘Ephemeral River’ art.earth (GNAP 2018)

·         Book Review: ‘Tree’ in Green Letters, Taylor & Francis 2018

 

Forthcoming Publications

·         Chapter in ‘Rethinking Creativity in the Era of Ecocide. Embodiment, Performance and Practice’ Emerald Publishing 2021

·         Chapter in Special Issue of Geohumanities (Official Journal of the Association of American Geographers) 2021

·         Chapter in EnCOUnTErs (ecoacoustics and the more-than-human) ACE funded publication 2021