Troubled Waters

A vital resource and a habitat we have in common with other creatures, which we have harnessed to our own ends without heed to the environmental consequences, water has been of growing concern to artists and curators all over the world, partly due to the rising awareness of climate change, rising sea levels and other pressing ecological issues Continue reading Troubled Waters

The Green Ray

This essay appeared in the November online issue of The White Review: I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven. (Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass) Aurora chasing is a favourite sport up in Iceland, one of the main draws for visitors. Northern Lights come in all sorts of hues, apparently, but more often than not they are a glowing green – the colour of the equally elusive meteorological phenomenon that gives its title to a lesser-known Jules Verne novel and to Eric Rohmer’s 1986 film Le rayon vert. The dreamy final sequence … Continue reading The Green Ray

London Waterworks

This review appeared in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. London comes as something of an afterthought in Roger Deakin’s Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey through Britain (1999), inspired by John Cheever’s short story “The Swimmer” and its film adaptation starring Burt Lancaster. By his own admission, urban swimming is not high on Deakin’s agenda, and the capital of Britain has little to offer an advocate of wild, freshwater swimming. Deakin notes in passing that the Port of London Authority strictly forbids swimming in the Thames. “Apart from the danger from constant river traffic,” he writes, tacitly condoning this state … Continue reading London Waterworks