the work of WIND AIR LAND SEA


12:00 pm

Water-witching Workshop
a slick, a smear...awash in green

Alana Bartol

Artist Alana Bartol will lead an exploration of the use and tools of dowsing (a.k.a. water-witching). Drawing on her family’s water-witching history and traditions of divining, she explores dowsing as a creative method in her art practice. Dowsing or water-witching is a form of divination used to locate ground water, ores, oil, and information. While there is no scientific evidence that dowsing is accurate, a fascination with this practice still persists. All are welcome, even the skeptics!


The workshop will take place outside and will involve moving throughout the area on paved and unpaved terrain. During this workshop, participants will be provided with and introduced to the tools and techniques of dowsing. During the second part of the workshop, the pendulum dowsing performance “a slick, a smear…. awash in green” will take place:


A pendulum responds to contamination in the Southdown region. Audiences are asked to reflect on the past, present, and possible futures of this site. How do we arrive at an understanding of remediation in this region? How can we consider empathy and care in this process?


Open to children seven years of age and older. Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.


Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Her site-responsive works explore walking and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Bartol’s work has been presented across Canada at Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), InterAccess (Toronto), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg), Access Gallery (Vancouver), and Art Gallery of Windsor, as well as in Romania, Germany, Mexico and the United States. Recent and upcoming residencies include Santa Fe Art Institute (USA), Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s), and Canadian Armed Forces Artist Program. Bartol currently lives in Calgary where she teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.