Traces of Care

An initiative that aims to propose alternative systems of care.

31 August – 3 September 2023

Opening Reception: Thursday 31st August, 6-9pm

Performance: Friday 1st September, 12-1pm

Workshop: Saturday 2nd September, 11:30am -1:30pm

Graphic Design by Anna Breit

Created by an international trio, Emilia Schlosser, Isaac Robertson and Maja Laskowska, the project draws on bodies of water found in nature (geographically or biologically) to open a conversation that challenges existing notions of care. Is care a part of the everyday narrative? How do we heal if care isn’t on the lexicon? As part of the event, the audience will enjoy an immersive exhibition including projection, video, photography, and a reading room, as well as a live performance at the riverfront.

Water is everything; it moves within and without our bodies. Water is specific and local, it is the sea, the lake and the puddle. Water is diverse and eternally circulating, it is the blood and the chemical compound. Water’s identity is beyond that of a service provider to facilitate human activities. How can we shift our engagement with water from our anthropocene outlook and swim towards a more ethical conversation, water to water? Body to Body.

Traces of Care is an exhibition and live performance. It is an exploration and a conversation, a look into a moister future. Listening to the social networks of water and its bodies, hearing our uncontained human bodies within this network; how do we care? Where do we care? Why do we care? How are we cared for by the current waters and landscapes? Can you hear the water in your body gurgling?

Choreographies of Care is an international collective of interdisciplinary artists. Blurring their different practices of sound design, creative writing, visual arts, performance arts and body work, the collective is invested in research driven explorations of situated contexts of care that expand beyond the human.

Their first site specific performance ‘Choreographies of Care’ was shown at Totally Thames festival in 2022. Traces of Care is their second project.

Traces of Care: Interactive Performance

Friday 1 September, 12-1pm

Choreographies of Care Collective would like to invite you to perform with them. Immerse yourself and join the performers for a 1 hour durational piece that includes soft audio elements and meditative choreography.

This performance will be filmed and personal headphones are advised

All welcome.

Traces of Care: Workshop

Saturday 2 September, 11.30am-1.30pm

Choreographies of Care Collective would like to invite you for a free workshop. The workshop will take 2 hours during which time you will have an opportunity to engage in collaborative practices that stand behind “Traces of Care”. In a small group, you will have a chance to enjoy a free flowing writing exercise, create text collages as well collaborate on an installation. Exploring themes of care and water, the workshop will be a lovely opportunity to spend your Saturday morning engaging in creative play.

Age requirements: 18+

*you may be asked to use your own phone camera.

MAJA LASKOWSKA (she/her) is an actor and an interdisciplinary artist based in London. Her work draws on modes of storytelling inspired by personal and social narratives. She utilizes live performance, archives and creative writing techniques. Maja has recently graduated from Goldsmiths University where she completed an MA in Performance Making. 

EMILIA SCHLOSSER (she/her) is an emerging performance artist and researcher, residing in Berlin, Germany. She studied Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies and Artistic Practice in Hildesheim/Germany and Stockholm/Sweden and MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths University London. Emilia works in the intersection of performance art, visual arts and creative writing. Her current projects explore aspects of embodied trauma and material traces of healing, specifically based in needlework and textile. 

ISAAC ROBERTSON (he/him) is a sound artist and musician living and working in London. Through his work as both a performer and composer, improvisation and the aim for a free flowing state of communication are central themes within his practice. Having graduated from an MA in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths University, Isaac regularly performs in London, most recently at Iklectick and has an upcoming performance at Cafe Oto.