Navel Gazing

Tuesday, 17th November

At 6:30pm this evening Kirsty Hendry presents ‘Navel Gazing’.

Ruminating on ‘gut feelings’ Navel Gazing considers how the body is simultaneously thought to communicate essential truths but that this communication is inherently suspect and not to be trusted. Developed through research into the history of ventriloquism at the Harry Price Archives, Navel Gazing uses the idea of belly speaking—which was not originally an entertainer’s trick but rather a rumbling sort of prophetic internal speech—to explore the ways we understand and articulate our bodies. Workshopped through performance exercises with Aby Watson and Joe Howe, Navel Gazing explores science’s predilection for fiction—weaving together personal narrative, archival materials, and contemporary research linking the gut to mental health.

You can visit Kirsty’s current exhibition of the same name at Collective Gallery’s Hillside space in Edinburgh by appointment up until the 22nd November.