Meri Nikula (FIN) & Ignacio Pérez Pérez (VEN) & Kate Gane (AUS): Bottled Water Exports

Bottled Water Exports is a series of participatory artistic events developed by Kate Gane and Meri Nikula and performed by Meri Nikula and Ignacio Pérez Pérez. The artists raise questions and examine the global issues surrounding water through creative experiments: the ecological consequences of the bottled water trade, the looming shortage of pure drinking water as well as the healing qualities of water and how to possibly manipulate its molecular structure. Adopting a playful attitude towards the subjects of healing, ecological issues and the ethics of trade, performers Meri Nikula and Ignacio Pérez Pérez work together with the audience to examine serious questions in creative ways, to inspire conversations and new ways of thinking.

Kate Gane is an Australian artist, with an interdisciplinary practice that includes performance, film, textiles, music, sound, installation and public art. Kate Gane holds a Master of Transnational Arts – VCA, University of Melbourne (2013), and a Graduate Diploma of Digital Filmmaking from New York Film Academy (2011). Gane’s research and practice is deeply engaged in communion with place, and explores embodied mystical experience, phenomenology and transcendence. She is interested in paradigm shifting work that fosters healing and awareness through relationships and connection.

Meri Nikula is an experimental vocalist, performance artist and transformational healer from Finland. Her own voice and body are the core elements of her creations. Meri graduated in 2007 from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, The Netherlands, with a solo performance In the Flesh I Reside for voice, body and video. The healing effects of artistic creation and the limitless possibilities of the human voice are the core subjects of her work and research.

Ignacio Pérez Pérez is a visual nomad from Venezuela, who lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. His work explores phenomenal reality as a long journey to arrive to where we are now. He creates experiences of ritualistic playfulness and worldly contemplation to observe and encounter the otherness and its permanent state of transformation in the realm of everyday life. His practice crosses diverse fields, such as performance art, walking, street photography and networking. His favourite quote from Robert Filliou says: “Art is what makes life more interesting than art.”