Conserving an Endagered Fishing Language

Walmer Beach, Kent
3 February 2014

Deal Parochial School’s 'conservation week' project was devised as a site-specific living sculpture. The aim was to conserve an endangered fishing language and to expand ideas around what art is. It explored the idea that the children themselves could become a work of art and a means for preserving some of the local fishing language. They become a live-art performance piece where the site it took place in and the people involved all interconnected. The project was situated in the actual place the fishing boats used to be. 

Participants explored ways of conserve fishing language in a poetic way and activated conversations about what these words might mean and how they were used.