The Water Babies

May 5, 2012

2-channel video and audio installation inspired by episodes from Charles Kingsley’s novel The Water Babies, 3 minutes

Installation view

Installation view

'I must be clean, I must be clean!'

‘I must be clean, I must be clean!’


'Down to the sea! Down to the sea!'

‘Down to the sea! Down to the sea!’


Commissioned by Opera North Projects for Leeds Canvas as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the films present 2 key scenes from the Victorian children’s story: ‘I must be clean, I must be clean’ and ‘Down to the sea!’   A waterborne camera traces the beginning of Tom’s journey down the River Skirfare, accompanied by a reading of the respective passages as an unsynchronised soundtrack.   The work was first shown in the windows of the former Benetton shop at The Light, Leeds during the Quay Brothers’ One Unreal Weekend, May 2012.

The Water Babies (extract)

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