Deep Water Web was also presented as a multi-channel immersive audio-visual installation

at Furtherfield Gallery 10 September - 30 October 2016

Deep Water Web is an essayistic meditation around phenomena straddling contemporary and historical geopolitical contexts of the UK and Australia. A hyperlandscape, an online environment composed from local manifestations of global environmental and capital ecologies, between points in the northern and southern hemispheres in the UK and Australia.

London and Sydney are both situated around large bodies of tidal water in the forms of the River Thames and Sydney Harbour. These bodies of water bear material evidence of the local impact of global warming, such as rising tide levels caused by melting ice caps, leading to flooding, and increasingly extreme climate fluctuation. Both cities are also global centers of neoliberal capitalism in their own regions. Deep Water Web weaves rhetorical explication of postcolonial relationships, elaborating the precarious material forms of climate change, and post-labour late capitalist neoliberal urban developments of waterfronts of former Docklands, considered within the geological and rhetorical ecology of the Anthropocene.



Web technical production
Nick Rothwell

Web design
Sam Ayres

London drone photography
Pilot and Camera: Martin Balcombe

Sydney drone photography
Pilot: Jack McGrath, Camera: Kaveh Karimi, Spotters: Omar Zreika & Jason Waters, Grip: Alex Worthing

Special thanks to:

Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Alessandra Scapin at Furtherfield;

Joshua Portway, Anne & Chris Wainwright, James Walters at Hermitage Moorings, London;

Blair French, Dermot Rodwell, Newton Thaiposri at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney;

Steve Radmall at Central Saint Martins;

James Stevens at Deckspace;

Eleanor Suess;

Central Saint Martins Research.

About the artists:

Steven Ball

is an artist, writer, and academic based in London working with audio-visual media engaged with landscape and spatial representation, in local and global, social, political and post-colonial spheres. Since 2003 he has been Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins and was instrumental in developing the British Artists Film and Video Study Collection.

John Conomos

is an artist, critic, and writer based in Sydney, Australia. His books, essays and artworks are framed within four traditions of contemporary art: Anglo-American and Australian cultural studies, critical theory and post-structuralism. He is a New Media Fellow of the Australia Council for the Arts, and Honorary Professor at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.