the waves will always rule us tides Moon internal landscapes desires for validation via dominion over that which is us be it land, sea, the bodies of others states of precarity...
Unravelling we occupy honour mourn the gaps we stand centre-screen. Body as portal-passage we stand centre-screen. We occupy honour mourn the gaps Unravelling states of precarity internal landscapes be it land, sea, the bodies of others...desires for validation via dominion over that which is us Moon tides the waves will always rule us
Project O presents a recent video artwork considering Somerset House’s historical connection to the British Royal Navy. For eighty years from the end of the eighteenth century the Navy’s administrative offices occupied the building, a time when its activities were instrumental in the securing and ruling of an empire. In this new commission by Somerset House Studios, the first in a series of commissioned works exploring the subject, Project O asks questions of choice, inevitability, movement, defiance and surrender that arise in relation to thoughts about water - the waves will always rule us. The Navy Board, the administrative function of the Royal Navy was based in South Wing through most of the 19th century, helping secure one the largest empires the world has ever seen. In this period, the Navy played a significant (and contentious) role in the abolition of the slave trade. Until the Embankment was built, Somerset House was accessible directly by boat for naval personnel through what is now the Embankment arch. New Wing was an extension and remodelling by James Pennethorne of Admiralty residences, completed in 1856.