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HARUN MORRISON | JANUARY 2020 

Alessandra: Harun, you are setting off to make and document a journey on your boat, Zoar, from London to Birmingham via the Grand Union Canal as the recipient of the Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship 2020. First of all, congratulations! I would love to know more about your plans for this exploration, and how it relates to your collaborative audio-visual work Bruno (2019 - ongoing) that traces a three-hour journey along the River Lea towards North London. Also, I wonder what does this new journey means to you both personally and artistically?

Harun: I first moved on to the water in May 2016, through a chance encounter with the artist Ella Gibbs who owned the narrowboat Bruno. Ella was experimenting with the boat as a kind of floating-residency at the time; while she set up an eco-lodge in Wales. I was returning to London after 5 years away from my home city and hadn’t sorted anywhere to live. Ella was looking for a new occupant and things rolled from there. So initially it was a pragmatic and impulsive move. However, what was initially planned to be a four month stop-gap extended to a year and a half, including two winters.

Over this time I was gradually inducted and mentored by Ella and her partner Mark, in the ways of boat-living. The licence was for ‘continuous-cruising’ which meant moving to a different neighbourhood every two weeks. Living on my own on this boat across the seasons, in different locations was a steep learning curve. Especially becoming used to being off-grid  (with a wood-burning stove for heat and gas canisters for the cooker) and employing the old boaters’ trick of keeping cheeses and milk in a bucket lowered in the water  (rather than refrigeration).

These lived-experiences and encounters with other boaters sensitised me to both the metaphorical and material, anti-capitalist potential of boat-living. It also overlaps with other modes of living resistant to the London housing market such as squatting (as opposed to property ‘Guardians’) or housing co-operatives. [...]

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Image credits: Tantalus, Helen Walker & Harun Morrison / They Are Here, Victoria & Albert Museum. (2016). Photo by Annalisa Sonzogni

2019 ROUND-UP

CONVERSATIONS

december 2019 | Mary Paterson

december 2019 | Bojana Barltrop

november 2019 | Joseph Morgan Schofield 

october 2019 | Performing Religions | Translation! Festival 2019 

october 2019 | queeringborders | Copenhagen Landscapes

october 2019 | queeringborders | Warehouse9 | October 2019

september 2019 | Pelin Başaran

august 2019 | Filippos Tsitsopoulos

may 2019 | Boedi Widjaja

april 2019 | Diana Damian Martin

march 2019 | ; a place, of their own. (Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy)

february 2019 | Xavier de Sousa’s reflections of performingborders | LIVE Manchester

january 2019 | Season Butler

GUEST POSTS 

december 2019 | Alesa Herero | interview with Dr Licia Cianetti

october 2019 | Karmadavis | Interview with Maria Cristina Fumagalli and Bridget Wooding (English/Spanish)

october 2019 |  Najia Bagi

october 2019 | Spirals (2013 – ongoing) by Hari Marini – PartSuspended

march 2019 | De-Bordering – A Performed Visual Dialogue by Áine Phillips and Helena Walsh


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