I choose a high tide just before sunset and as we turn the corner it seems that the river is already huge and full. At the bank I see that there are a few feet left to go and we tether the houses and set them out onto the water. The tide slaps them in against the banks and I push them back out into the current with a stick pulled from the hedge, lamenting the lovely long bamboo pole I left propped against the wall at home.
I film the houses as they bob, bump and separate. I step into a channel about 18 inches wide to get a better shot and drop straight down into water up to my waist. It’s growing dark and the lights in the houses look magical to me, so Rich keeps filming. My camera went in with me and now lies wet and useless in my pocket, but I feel strangely warm despite being soaked through. The dark pours in and we haul the houses out of the river and walk back to the car under a nearly full moon. It’s a surprisingly chilly night and even when I’m back home I find it hard to warm up. It’s as if the cold has soaked right into me, right down to my bones.
I am sharing this as it is about the rhythms of tides effecting local social and economic life. Its a great book. As it happens is was published 30 years ago!
A live performance of the music composition Drift by Richard Hughes, including improvised participation from audience.
Thanks to Dr. Cormac Walsh, Universität Hamburg and the other editors.
From MCC blog
“Rarely is sufficient attention paid to the multiple and diverse ways of knowing, experiencing and relating to the coast and marine.
This network aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of rich and diverse inter/disciplinary traditions focusing on the lifeworlds and socio-materialities of coasts, seas and oceans. We invite scientists and scholars working across the environmental humanities and social sciences, as well as artists, writers, dramatists and policymakers with an interest in marine and coastal themes.” Source
From Luci Gorell Barnes
You are warmly invited to Tidal Landscapes
A night exploring the shifting and cyclical nature of tidal landscapes through music, installation and sound.
Alongside three other artists Alex Goodman, Richard Hughes and Yas Clarke, I will be showing Tidal Village – an emerging piece of work with ideas and images about flooding and loss that I am exploring on the high tides of the Severn Estuary.
Pdf flyer Tidal Landscapes
This television series looks at archaeology and other heritage sites which are exposed and/or accessible at low tide around the British Coast.
Episode 4 series 2 focused on the Severn Estuary. It can be see here on line for a month. (Maybe in UK only).
This series is created in association with CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)
This is a pretty amazing and substantial film artwork about the Thames Estuary and environmental damage by Alistair Oldham
Click on the image to go to the site
When filming the Spring Tide at Clevedon we met Peter Gibbs a local resident who often walks along the shore and composes poems about his local landscape. Inevitably the tides and seascapes the often feature in this work. See Peter’s website here.
Here are two poems Peter has kindly given permission to reproduce two poems here.
Moon across the Channel
Competing with the dawn
Golden lantern in the sky
As the new day’s born
Reflecting in the waters
Round painted bobbing boats
Pink tinged the east horizon
As o’er the sea she floats
All too soon she vanishes
This mistress of the tides
Gone to seek the evening
As up the brash sun glides.
Rainbow Over Clevedon Pill
Steadily the tide comes in
To meet the shore again
Crossing ‘neath a shining arch
Where sunshine paints the rain
The mud that lines the hidden creek
Is soon to disappear
As water fills the channels
And anchored boats swing clear
Across Black Rock the curlews sound
Their haunting clarion cry
As egrets pace and herons watch
And gulls take to the sky.