Sara Rees about Genoa as a social soup

Sara Rees works in the third residency 2016 November 07 – 17.

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Tasting The Sea

“… The subject of research will be the sea, conceptualizing the sea in social and political terms as a global ‘social soup’.
The sea both unites and separates us. Recent scientific findings support the hypothesis that all life on earth arose from deep sea hydrothermal vents. It is the primary medium of globalisation, and yet this vast wilderness embodies the unconscious of human civilization. Covering over 70% of the earth (and containing 97% of the earth’s water), the sea remains as mysterious and untamable as the Universe beyond our small planet.
The Social Soup residency’s specific context of Genoa offers rich opportunities to explore the cultural history of the sea in relation to the Anthropocene and contemporary geopolitical concerns, such as the impact of colonialism, neoliberalism, globalisation and empire on the environment, human beings and other life forms. Once a leading mercantile city state and home to Christopher Columbus, today Genoa is Italy’s largest port and home to many fascinating sites that relate to various aspects of sea – the city’s Maritime museum, lighthouse, aquarium, Columbus’ house, the commercial port and the city’s refugee community. I will conduct my research of these sites and liminal communities through the mediums of photography, video and text, and these documents will later form the basis for a film essay, a psycho-geographic exploration of the city and its relationship to the sea.
At the end of the residency I wish to present a public event, in which I will present parts of this research, my ideas for the work-in-progress as it develops, alongside a screening of a short film essay I recently made in Athens, titled ‘Fragments For A City In Ruins’. The screening and presentation could be followed by a discussion and ‘tasting the sea’ together – I will prepare laverbread and cockles, a traditional salty dish from Gower, the area of Wales I am from, evoking the taste of the sea and inviting people to share their own personal relationship to the sea.” (Sara Rees)

 

 

Social Soups thanks for the support of this residence:

Supported by Wales Arts International

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