Wet Worlding employs speculative fiction to reimagine connections between the evolution of life and water in order to project a new narrative of how humanity will grapple with the existential crisis of climate change. This work is set across three timelines; the origin of life from the primordial oceans, the evolution of apes via the lesser known ‘Aquatic Ape Theory’ and the distant future submerged in the risen tides of climate change. Wet Worlding emphasises the cyclical nature of time by focusing on moments in history where water facilitated an evolutionary pivot point. Through reimagining these historical narratives, this work projects into the future to speculate on how humanity will grapple with the existential issues climate induced rising tides will pose and propose a resubmerging into watery time.
Wet Worlding is a live performance work. The performance iteration of this work was originally developed as a part of Performance Space’s Queer Nu Werk 2019 program with an in-development showing at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.
Images by Joseph Mayers