FSM x LA cephalopPOD 19
In May 2019 Forum of Sensory Motion in partnership with Liquid Architecture will hold a second trip to witness the mating displays of the Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia Apama) in Whyalla, South Australia.
We will convene early in Adelaide on May 31st for a road trip, staying in the lighthouse cottages in Whyalla for four nights.
This iteration of the interstate, interspecies and investigative field trip has been funded by Australia Council.
Our days will be spent snorkelling with the psychedelic cuttlefish and exploring the region.
Our nights will be spent having candlelit dinners, dreaming up further adventures and collaborations around the campfire or basking under the glowing of the soft orange rotating beam of the lighthouse beacon.
Brodie Ellis with Cameron Robbins, about to enter another realm, Point Lowly 2018.
Joyce Hinterding in action 2018. The conditions were grey and rainy above water and calm and psychedelic beneath. The overcast day provided the perfect conditions for snorkelling as it helped to enhance the colours below.
Lichen Kelp, pictured with Benjamin Hancock from a Kelp D performance for FSM Greece 17 outcomes, at Testing Grounds.
Lichen is one half of Forum of Sensory Motion with Dylan Martorell and devised and curated the Cuttlefish trip in 2018 with 11 artists. Kelp is partnering with Liquid Architecture to hold the 2019 edition and performative outcomes at Mission to Seafarers this September.
Brodie Ellis Umbra:Penumbra:Antumbra
Selena De Carvalho, Lake Pedder Earthworm- The Evolutionary Straitjacket
Keelan O’Hehir Removing Wetsuits
(image from Cuttlefish Trip 2018)
In Whyalla, we will meet with traditional owners. The Barngarla are the traditional custodians of the lands now called Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.
Mission Statement: Cuttlefish
For FSM/LA cephaloPOD19 we aim to enter the water gently, interacting with the cuttlefish in a minimal way with little to no contact. We are there as artists (with marine biologist leanings) to offer up a new reading of the mating signals and patterning language that these creatures generously allow us to witness in close proximity. We are not there to commodify them or extract scientific data but rather to act as creative collaborative conduits to receive their messages, which we will then interpret and transmit through our practises back on land.
To avoid exploitation or potential for harm, outcomes form this trip will be land based (ie no art outcomes will take place in the water) any documentation - filming/sound recording etc must be respectfully controlled and people and their tech gear are asked to remain at a distance from the cuttlefish so as not to alter their behaviours.
Imagery above gleaned off the internet through Lichen Kelp’s investigations into Cuttlefish perception.
Mission statement: Humans
Our mission is simply to experience and appreciate these incredible creatures.
(The following owes much to a support letter written by David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, for which we are grateful).
We are viewing this primarily as an observational road trip.
Like the gentle approach we wish to take with the cuttlefish, we also wish to extend to our humanoid interactions, with respect paid to difference, uniqueness, and the range of expertise and experience and background we all bring to this project.
We are there, not to profit or extract from each other, but to learn and attempt to see the world - through the eyes of cuttlefish, and also, each other’s.
Collaborative outcomes in the future may arise through mutual agreement, but are not insisted upon. And any outcomes at the site - ambient music, fireplay and perhaps a performance or two - will be minimal, non-intrusive and non-demanding on the performer, so as not to distract from being immersed in the experience of people and place.
Our collective mission is togetherness, understanding, and an openness to the endlessly re-enchanting nature of Nature. Let’s be kind, be thoughtful, be respectful, be together - and above all, be curious.
The unique and atmospheric Norla Dome room at Mission to Seafarers, Docklands Melbourne will be the venue for performative and exhibition outcomes for FSM/ LA cephaloPOD in September 2019.
We are seeking Creative Victoria funding for this event.
The national and international as well as local marine history of this building connects the event in Melbournes port to the earlier roadtrip to the shores of Whyalla in an enticing oceanic sense.
comprehensive Cuttlefish vision/perception/modes of seeing article.
Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea and The Deep Origins of Conciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Kraken : The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid by Wendy Williams