Fall of the Derwent

Margaret Woodward, Justy Phillips

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Fall of the Derwent (2015-17), is an experiment in hydrographic publishing, commissioned and presented by GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park) Tasmania, as part of Swimmable: Reading the River. This fictionella also includes: Fall of the Derwent (2016), A river settles its own cairns underwater (2016) and Walking the River(s) Derwent (2015-16). As part of the Swimmable! Reading the river program, Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward composed a participatory score which is downloadable as a unique script from the GASP site and also available on line at www.fallofthederwent.net. The downloadable hydrographic score is programed to link to 'read' the flows of water and energy stored in the River Derwent by connecting to dynamic Hydro Tasmania data. The levels of energy stored in the river determine what percentage of the hydrographic score is downloaded.Approaching the Derwent River at Elwick Bay as a living organism of flows, metabolisms and exchange, this project invites GASP's visitors to experience the river beyond its boundaries at Elwick Bay by drawing into experience its imperceptible unrecordings _ physical, poetic, real and imagined. During the course of this project, the artists made available their ongoing research throughout the year through social media updates and public events. Through a year-long process of research-creation that included in-depth archival research, writing, making, recording and publishing, the artists entered into relation-with the river as living event. In the northern summer of 2015, the artists experienced the fictive cartographies of the Derwent River(s) by twining and twinning the River Derwent in Cumbria, England, encountering more than one namesake. Project partners and stakeholders include Tasmanian Aboriginal community, Hydro Tasmania, Derwent Estuary Program, Inland Fisheries Service, Parks and Wildlife Service, Telstra, Hop Producers Australia, Saltas, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.
Original languageEnglish
Typehydrographic publishing project
Media of outputOnline/physical site
PublisherGlenorchy Art and Sculpture Park
Place of PublicationHobart
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSwimmable Reading the River


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