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Professor Owain Jones and Antony Lyons on 'Leaning Ships' Bristol

Film at https://vimeo.com/84019620

Photos at Flickr

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Is My Flesh Not Public? Thinking of bodies and ‘the public’ through water

Owain Jones - Bath Spa University (12 May 2015):This talk will offer some account of my family background (and loss of place/landscape); my research work in relation to narratives of nature-culture – trees, tides, floods, water; my ‘journey’ to becoming the first professor on Environmental Humanities in the UK; and my take of the central importance of the environmental humanities to sustainable futures. It will discuss issues of nature-culture, ecological citizenship, ecocide and the multi-partner Large Research Grant ‘Towards hydrocitizenship. Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issues’.

Owain Jones is Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University.




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Bristol Loves Tides / Water City Bristol: Bristol Green Capital Open Space Curation



On the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of February Water City Bristol and Bristol Loves Tides (A Bristol Green Capital Project) were invited by Bristol Green Capital event curator Anna Farthing to put on interactive exhibition in the Green Capital Lab Space on Bristol Harbourside.  The purpose was to populated the space with a series of linked exhibits about water, energy, ecology, history, place and landscape for the weekend.


The room was also shared by the Marine Conservation Society and Bristol  City Council with a range of displays about marine ecology, marine pollution, tidal energy possibilities on the Severn Estuary, as well as the focus on Bristol’s tides past and present.


The room was set out with a number of interactive displays, information boards and a series of screens. Water City Bristol / Bristol Loves Tides also had a table of book exhibits and a large white model of a Severn Pilot cutter on which members of the public were invited to write comments upon. This was used as a spur to generate conversations about Bristol’s tidal past,present and future, wider water issues,  and ecological issues beyond that.


The event was also used as an opportunity to publicise the next Water City Bristol / Bristol Loves Tides event to be held in another part of the docks on March 22nd. It also coincided with the nearby art installation “Smoke Bridge”.


The Water City Bristol / Bristol Loves Tides staff on duty were Professor Owain Jones; (PI on Towards Hydrocitizenship project); Antony Lyon (NOVA) (Project Consultants on Towards Hydrocitizenship); Warwick Morton (shipwright and associate of My Future My Choice); Hugh Thomas (Director My Future My Choice).Volunteer s for Bristol Green Capital Staff also took part.


Over the two days there was a steady walk through of people and it is estimated 210 people interacted with the displays and entered into conversations with the volunteers. Numerous comments where written on the ‘white boat’, all of which were captured as an image, and some of which were tweeted as pictures. This boat will be used in further displays and activities.


The participants ranged widely in age and other demographic categories and were variously local Bristol residents, tourists visiting Bristol, and students studying in Bristol.


One of the research stands of Hydrocitizenship - Water City Bristol is trying to a) explore the ‘hidden’, ‘lost’ tidal cultures of the city (cultures being both ecological and social) and b) seek to get Bristol to see itself as water/tidal city by bringing this hidden / lost tidal cultures, and related water histories, assets and challenges  back into the public realm/imagination. This event was very much a taster event for that ongoing effort, which needs to be seen within wider efforts to build ongoing narratives about tides in the city within a series of events throughout 2015.


Photos on Flickr



Bristol Loves Tides/Water city Bristol World Water Day 2015

This was a day of planned activities to mark World Water Day 2015 co-produced by the Hydrocitizenship Project and the Bristol Green Capital 2015 Project Bristol Loves Tides? This project and the day have the aim of raising public awareness of, and participation in Bristol’s natural and cultural tidal heritage. Bristol has the second highest tides in the world and the past, present and future tidal cultures of the city are significant. They include histories of trade and slavery, ecology, and future of flood risk, green energy etc.  The day consisted of shared breakfast at a dock-side café, a performance and oath by characters devised with a number of partners (below) and delivered by Desperate Men Theatre Company; (filmed); to coincide with one of the highest tides of the year;  a boat trip up the docks; a film showing on historic steamship the Balmoral. 12 ‘Young Presenters’ - young people selected for in-project media training -  took part in the events. Photos and film online.  


Thanks to: the Desperate Men; Bristol Loves Tides; My Future My Choice; NOVA; Water City Bristol (Towards Hydrocitizenship Project); Bristol Green Capital; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Connected Communities; The Moon; The Sun; The Water; The River Avon; Lockside Cafe.

This event was co-produced by Bristol Green Capital Project Bristol Loves Tides and Water City Bristol. Water City Bristol is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Community Project "Towards Hydrocitzenship". See here http://www.hydrocitizenship.com/


photos on Flickr

Film on Youtube


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Tidal Turnings: The Further Adventures of Peri And Proxi; Connected Cummunities Festival 2015


This was a Connected Community Festival 2015 event which depicted further adventures of Peri and Proxi – two tidal characters devised as part of the Bristol Loves Tides Bristol Green Capital 2015 project. This took place in an historic boat-house on Bristol dockside and consisted of film, song, debate, performance, walk and oath. 2 of the project’s 12 ‘Young Presenters’ - young people selected for in-project media training -  took part in the events. 

 

Thanks to: the Desperate Men; Bristol Loves Tides; My Future My Choice; NOVA; Water City Bristol (Towards Hydrocitizenship Project); Bristol Green Capital; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Connected Communities;  Benjamin Perry Boathouse


Photos on Flickr

Film on Youtube


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Bristol Loves Tides/Water City Bristol at Bristol Harbourside Festival 2015 had a stand and carried out performances and audience engagement at Bristol Harbourside Festival – a major free event in the heart of the city. Peri and Proxi – two tidal characters devised as part of the Bristol Loves Tides Bristol Green Capital 2015 project walked amongst the crowd and  5 of the project’s 12 ‘Young Presenters’ - young people selected for in-project media training -  took  engaged crowd members in conservation/. Memories and thought about tides were captured on a map and on large white cardboard model boats. A flotilla of these boats made and decorated by school children sailed acres the harbour as part of the water-based displays. Bristol Harbourside Festival is a very large community event with over 30,000 visitors

 

Thanks to: the Desperate Men; Bristol Loves Tides; My Future My Choice; NOVA; Water City Bristol (Towards Hydrocitizenship Project); Bristol Green Capital; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Connected Communities;  Bristol Harbourside Festival


Photos on Flickr 

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Andrew Chruch Confernce Presentation


2 July 2015

title: defining cultural ecosystem services

Location: Leeds Uk

event: Environmental Economics Society and Ecology Annual Conference


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Imagining the audience into active participants through social-media: a live experiment from Hydrocitizens


MIXDigital.03 Confernce Bath Spa University June 2015


Tom Payne (University of Aberystwyth); Hydrocitizenship project team members (inc Professor Owain Jones BSU);  and other blog participants (as yet unknown).

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Mythscapes Hydrocitizenship Macklin M 2015


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Cultural Ecosystem Services Hydrocitizenship Alex Plows 2015


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