Dowsing (In Blood and Bone)
In Blood and Bone is an ongoing series that asks how dowsing might shift our relationships to natural resources, technology, and place, while examining concepts of remediation, embodied knowledge, and environmental health.
Dowsing or ‘water-witching’ is a form of divination used to locate ground water, oil, sites, information and objects. Though it was associated with witchcraft and the occult, dowsing has been used for prospecting ores and water in Northern Europe since the 15th century. While the practice of dowsing is often discredited and dismissed, the use of this alternative technology still persists.
In 2016, I began a series of site-responsive performances that investigate remediation through the practice of dowsing at abandoned oil well sites in Alberta. An exhibition of this work will be presented at TRUCK Contemporary Art September 1 Oct 15, 2017. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this work.
Photos 1-10 (Three Hills, Alberta): Karin McGinn
Video: Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi (forthcoming)