From the Watchtower is an unfolding process-led research work that will develop across the duration of the Ephemeral Coast exhibition which is taking place at Mission Gallery, Swansea.

It will see the transformation of citizen >into learner/observer >into active participant.

Expanding on a daily practice of watching the sea from her top floor flat overlooking Swansea Bay, the ‘Watchtower’ will be activated by Thomas through a series of day-long observations of the sea.

Across several weeks, set days will be dedicated to the act of observing the sea or ‘keeping watch’ from a high window overlooking the sea where shifting tides, colours, and unknown phenomenology will be observed. Set within the context of an ‘Ephemeral Coast’, From the Watchtower will explore our relationship with the sea, the potential future of the oceans and the processes of understanding through observing. Working with an imagined future, the work will also question what ‘keeping watch’ of the sea might mean.

At the end of each day observations and thoughts will be transformed into a spoken word/sonic interpretation of the day which will be made available online as a download from the From the Watchtower Radio Station.

Participants are encouraged to upload the sound works to their mobile devices and take a walk across Swansea Bay.

From the Watchtower is part of Ephemeral Coast, a four year long research project curated by Celina Jeffery. The project which will take place in different coastal areas internationally seeks to “explore the changing cultures, geographies and ecologies of coastlines internationally and bring awareness to these fragile and temporal spaces through the affective practices of art making.”

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