surf's up but everything else is down:
a pantomime on coral bleaching
'Surf's Up but Everything Else is Down: A Pantomime on Coral Bleaching' (performance still)
Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie and Tilley Wood
Surf’s Up but Everything Else is Down: A Pantomime on Coral Bleaching intersects textile-based sculpture with collaborative performance to document a personal response to waste production in Australia and the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef that is projected to occur over our lifetimes. It is a performance held over 1.5 hours which involves Emalia and Tilley creating a large knitted rope using only our arms. The yarn which we knit with is made from repurposed and found textile waste and will be unfurled from a giant spool which sits on the ground between us. As the spool unwinds, the foraged yarn is gradually bleached of its original colour, providing a direct allegory for the ongoing coral bleaching suffered by the reef as a result of both direct and indirect human impact. The thread will be 560m long and we will present the work in three parts: our entrance, our process and the finished knitted rope.
The performance was exhibited at Good Grief Studios as part of Hobiennale 2019.