The Many Headed Hydra #1

Imagination, Speculation, Dissolution of Space and Time. Sea Body Infrastructure Image

We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood.
Teresia Teaiwa

The Many Headed Hydra explores the waters as rhizomatic narrative space and as potential infrastructure of commons. Nurtured at the art space District in Berlin and through conversations with cultural and political practitioners and thinkers Sea Body Infrastructure Image is the first head of The Many Headed Hydra. It discusses the North Atlantic as a territory of passage undergoing social and ecological transformations. The material and symbolic meanings of this shifting geopolitical entity flow in the streams of technology and capital, in the histories of diasporas and of the Cold War, in the desires and discourses that cross its waters. But the Atlantic waves also resonate the fluid embodiments from the archaic and futuristic realms of a different shoreline, of in-between landscapes inhabited by queer, inter-species forms of existence. Bodies of water are considered as hospitable public spaces for post-national as well as post-human imagination in order to rethink notions of rights, citizenship and belonging and to acknowledge natural beings and planetary earth forces as political subjects in their own right.

Contributors: Anna Hallin & Olga Bergmann, Bryndís Björnsdóttir, Hannah Black, Natasha Ginwala, Tinna Grétarsdóttir, Emma Wolf Haugh, Suza Husse, Occupational Hazard Project, Tejal Shah, Ato Malinda, Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson and participants of the workshops Speaking As Fishes in Leipzig and Reykjavík

Editors: Emma Wolf Haugh and Suza Husse

Cover: Tejal Shah, Between the Waves, Secret, 2012
Design: Elsa Westreicher

Published by District Berlin in collaboration with Occupational Hazard Project, Reykjavík, 2016.

Language: English

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p. 5 Emma Wolf Haugh and Suza Husse Sea Body Infrastructure Image
p. 7 Natasha Ginwala in response to Tejal Shah’s multichannel video installation Between the Waves (2012): Crash or Breath: On the Question of Violence and Costs of Vulnerability
p. 12 Bryndís Björnsdóttir: Quota Queen
p. 13 Hydra Workshop #1: Speaking as Fishes
p. 17 Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson: Fistfuls of Water
p. 24 Hannah Black in response to Ato Malinda’s video performance On Fait Esemble (2015): Mother Water
p. 27 Bryndís Björnsdóttir and Tinna Grétarsdóttir: Occupational Hazard Project
p. 32 Emma Haugh: Chaika
p. 37 participants of the workshops Speaking As Fishes in Leipzig and Reykjavík: Even just looking at them, you know there is something different about these fish

Team – Editors: Emma Wolf Haugh and Suza Husse; Poster: Tejal Shah, Between the Waves, Secret, Mixed media collage, digital print on archival rag paper, 70 x 70 inches, 2012 (courtesy of the artist, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich and Project 88, Mumbai); Endpaper: Emma Wolf Haugh, The Bosphoros, Istanbul, 2013; Design: Elsa Westreicher; Printing: Tastomat Berlin.

© The Many Headed Hydra, Editorial zu Sea Body Infrastructure Image, Berlin, Juni 2016

48 Pages
169 x 239 mm
ISBN: 978-3-86485-102-5

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