In this limited-edition book of performance scores, Rawlings’s coastal performances, including instructions on how to knit plastic collected from the shoreline, are touching and timely, providing intimate responses to global environmental problems – Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, The Sunday Times
Sound of Mull is a series of performance scores developed through artistic practice-as-research into how to perform geochronology in the Anthropocene—the proposed new epoch in which humans act as geologic forces—along North Atlantic foreshores. The book includes instructions in how to listen to deep time, how to drown a violin, and how to knit plastic collected from shorelines, providing an evocative and engaging journey into rethinking foreshores.
Rawlings’ research was undertaken through PhD study at the University of Glasgow from 2015 to 2019, courtesy of a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholarship. As a geochronological dénouement, the proposed geological epoch of the Anthropocene may indicate the figural moment in geologic time when human activity inscribed itself into sediment across the planet.
Climate change places foreshores as central players impacted by storminess, glacial melt, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification. The performance scores offer direct or imagined engagement with the multiple temporalities and more-than-human co-constituents of North Atlantic foreshores. Performance sites featured in Sound of Mull include Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden.