Future's Venture Foundation

Wallace Heim – The sea cannot be depleted

‘the sea cannot be depleted’ will be a spoken word piece about the Solway Firth, about a sense of place that comes with living with that estuary and how that sense is altered by what is added to the sea.

The tides of the Solway Firth are among the most turbulent around this island. The fast sweep of that sea is not a place where humans can live, but we can find sanctuary in its surfaces, in the unfolding of life in the tidal muds and in the migrations of the human imagination. The Latin vastus described the immensity of the sea, its emptiness and its waste.

Uranium has been placed into the wild sea over the past 30 years, to corrode over deep, incomprehensible time. What does it mean for a place, a people, to cohere with these unseen objects? How do you make a life with, or resist, the waste and vast symptoms of the civil-military-nuclear complex?

Interviews, conversations, mappings, walks, swims and text-based analysis form the questioning and research phase of the project. This leads to a spoken word performance for three voices with a soundscape for audio broadcast and accessible online. The various elements of the research process and the text will be edited together into an online pdf, ‘A Depletion Repository’, providing the over-arching narrative to the project.

I live where nuclear effects are as pervasive as air. Work where you are vulnerable.