Mappa Mundi//Mutatis Mundi

Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live? was a four day festival of performance and live art encompassing everything from dancing to painting, story reading to pot luck lunches. The event was curated by Morgan Cahn at SOIL Gallery in Seattle and ran concurrently with the Seattle Art Fair.  I presented a series of three performances exploring climate change wich drew on my earlier research into thermochromic materials and the Mappa Mundi. I also led a lunchtime discussion about risk in performance which took place between performers and audience members.

Whisper // Confession
A preface to MAPPA MUNDI // MUTATIS MUNDI
A declaration
An epiphany
A confession
Beth Savage has travelled 7441 km (4623 miles) from York in the UK to Seattle to make a
performance about climate change.
The carbon footprint of this trip is approximately 2.49 tonnes of CO2e
The first of 3 performances, Whisper // Confession asks you to join Beth in a quiet contemplation of human impact on the climate and to witness her confession.
MAPPA MUNDI // MUTATIS MUNDI
Shouting into the void
Interpreting a deluge of information
Navigating social media
Translating literally as “cloth of the world”, Mappa Mundi represent both time and space, mapping not only the known, inhabitable world but the creatures, myths, peoples and histories of the time.
Less concerned with geographical accuracy than representing medieval knowledge these Mappa Mundi record far more than maps we use today.
In the second of 3 performances Beth will map current social media discourse about climate change onto the Mappa Mundi.
MAPPA MUNDI // Mapping The Future
An endnote to MAPPA MUNDI // MUTATIS MUNDI
A fractured narrative
A temperature change
A conversation
In the last of 3 performances Beth invites you to respond to the MAPPA MUNDI, add to the narrative and map new worlds using your own body heat.

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