Where We All Meet R&D, 2018

Where We All Meet is a research for a two-part installation work consisting of water screen projections and 360 video piece. The work uses the European eels’ journey as an analogy for the human strive towards self-fulfilment, the seek for that utopian place and state.

It is thought that all European eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea, in the western Atlantic. No matter where they live, once sexually mature, they turn a silvery colour and make their final arduous journey to this one location, driven there by instinct. Yet, there is no scientific evidence of where exactly the eels are spawning nor what the act looks like. Scientists have so far only speculated on the occurrence of this mysterious event.

The 360 video dance sequence is choreographed by Georgia Tegou, and the cinematography is by Amelia Shivani Hasard.

Dancers: Amy Dakin Harris, Rebecca Namgauds, Vanessa Michielon and Michalis Theofanous.

The script for the water screen projections is informed by interviews with Dr. Matthew Gollock, ZSL (Zoological Society London), chair of the AESG (Anguillid Eel Specialist Group) and Dr. Joe Pecorelli  Citizen Science Project Leader, ZSL, research from the Hydrobiological institute in Ohrid, North Macedonia on the European eel living in the Ohrid lake.

The project has been developed as part of the FLAMIN Fellowship Programme and it’s supported by the Arts Council England and the Fenton Arts Trust.