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Dec 03
Hello all,

Delighted to be joining the conversation and looking forward to spending some time with the rich, diverse and stimulating material already posted.

I am an artist and researcher/scholar/lecturer (in the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow). For the past five years or so, the focus of my practice/research has been on our (human) relationships with water — specifically in the context of urban waterways and, even more specifically, in the context of the River Clyde, River Kelvin and Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow and Central Scotland, and the Bow River and its watershed in Alberta. As an artist, I generally work in collaboration with Nick Millar (alongside our other, innumerable, human and more-than-human collaborators). We tend to work in ephemeral modes such as performance, projected imagery and sound. I also write about/as-part-of my practice. DonaldMillar selected work

I hope to post regularly about on-going work, events and reflections but, by way of introduction, here are some images, some information on and links to past watery projects, performances, prose and practices…

Guddling Maryhill Locks     Guddling Green Tease


MS water Kelvin

Melting Species 1

Melting Species 2


  • 'Entided, Enwatered, Enwinded: Human/More-than-Human Agencies in Site-specific Performance' in Performing Objects and Theatrical Things, eds. Marlis Schweitzer and Joanne Zerdy, Palgrave (2014). An essay reflecting on the agencies of rivers, weather and tides in two performance works: Bridging Part 1 and High-Slack-Low-Slack-High  Performing Objects and Theatrical Things

  • Bridging Part 2 — a site-specific screening of  the performance Bridging Part 1 commissioned for Culture 2014, the Commonwealth Cultural Programme, Glasgow (2014)
Bridging Part 2

  • Guddling About: Experiments in Vital Materialism with Particular Regard to Water - a series of actions/experiments with water devised and performed as part of an artists' residency with the City of Calgary Utilities and Environmental Protection (Water Services) and Public Art Departments, Alberta, 2013.  Alberta Watershed plus residency blog   Guddling About in Alberta watershed plus
Water Borrow

MYOB


  • 'Guddling About: Experiments in Vital Materialism with Particular Regard to Water'  — a photo-essay on Guddling About in Alberta in The Goose,  A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture in Canada, 13.1 (2014)  Guddling About photo essay



  • High-Slack-Low-Slack-High — a suite of site-responsive sound works inspired by the tidal range of the River Clyde in Glasgow. Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2012)
Dougie H-S-L-S-H    Nic Hanna H-S-L-S-H


  • Bridging Part 1 — a site-specific performance on and with the River Clyde, Glasgow. Commissioned by the Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (2010)
Bridgin Part 1   Bridging Part 1 2

  • Riverstop — an intervention in the Riverstop quayside kiosk as part of Glasgow River Festival, 2009

  • Laika - a 20-metre steel-hulled replica Dutch Barge, built by BLC Scotland Ltd. Steel Fabricators from a 'kit' supplied by Dutch company, Euroship, and fitted out by us. We lived on Laika in the  River Clyde Boatyard,  Rothesay Dock East, Yoker, near Glasgow from 2010-12. (2006-12)
Laika launch

  • Peccadillo (#2) —  a second broad-beamed residential 'narrowboat' built near Burnley and transported to the Forth and Clyde Canal to take up the first residential mooring on the canal in Glasgow. (1993-97)

  • Peccadillo (#1) — our first residential narrowboat on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (1991-93)


Apr 11
An extract

"Outside a bar one evening, I asked a friend if he thought paddling Birmingham’s canal network was achievable. Over 100 miles of canal run through the city, with aqueducts, roundabouts and tunnels. Where most cities have one or two branches, Birmingham’s canals wind round each other like spaghetti. I figured I had until early autumn before the water grew too cold and all the green things disappeared. He sent me a map that makes the canals look rather small, until you realise that the network reaches to Wolverhampton, Dudley and beyond. But I was not taking time off to paddle. It had to fit around my life – an afternoon, a couple of hours over lunch, an early evening, weekends. I wasn’t prepared to admit it then, but paddling was going to compete with gardening – and, just as hard to admit, I was excited by the thought. I drew a line around a map of Birmingham. Any canal that fell inside this, I would paddle."

See here

Base upon this book - which is now on our Books about Water Wiki here

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