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The water keeps running even after you turn your back on it

Bridget Chappell

Presented in Season 1 2022

Audio Visual Work

Presented by Arts House as part of Makeshift Publics Critical Response Series

Available from 12 May 2022

Duration: 12mins

“I imagine groundwater trickling, even though I know it is atomised, ancient, in porous rock. What’s it like down there? people ask. Is it a cave?”

Throughout 2021 Makeshift Publics artists have thought deeply about the unexamined spaces and systems that sustain us, and The water keeps running even when you turn your back on it is a sharing of Chappell’s work in progress around groundwater in the arid zones of this continent. The Great Artesian Basin is the largest reservoir of groundwater in the world and is essential to drinking, farming, communications and supply chains across the continent, that has been drastically changed by colonisation. This first public sharing of their research is an audiovisual bore into an imaginary: the largest reservoir of groundwater in the world.

This work invites you to the well, to listen and look alongside Chappell as they present visions (sleeping, waking) and research (primary, secondary) of this system so vital to our lives that few of us understand.


About the Artist

Hextape\Bridget Chappell is an artist trying to contextualise a lot of trespass and nostalgia, through raves, rave music, custom sound systems, pirate radio stations, poetry, classical cello, doom metal, podcasts, and so on.

Chappell is an artist larping as a scientist; data sonification, 3D sound modelling, live coding, siren phase cancellation, etc. Chappell is the founder of the award-winning Sound School (Narrm\Melbourne) and current co-director of artist-run initiative Watch This Space (Mparntwe\Alice Springs).

Artist Statement

Makeshift Publics has been a year-long investigation of that undervalued undercurrent of all creative work, social practice. Tensions between art as obsession, profession, healing and commodity have been located and pulled apart, alongside artists and art workers artists and art workers I really respect and have learnt a lot from.

Image credit: Bridget Chappell

Image description: Image shows a black and white drawing of the great artesian basin water pathways through the earths surface.

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