The Tale of the Black Water Snake
"The Tale of The Black Water Snake" is a performative walk and participatory water
cleaning ritual developed for the Biennial "Stofskifte" organised by artist collective På den Anden Side that took place on the summer 2020 on the island of Møn.
The work springs from an investigation of the village's sewage and grey water system and its natural integration. Large parts of the grey water of the village Hårbølle is collected and runs into the sea at close-by Fanefjord without any man-made cleansing. On the water’s course to the sea the grey water passes a biotope that was created by a local initiative ca 30 years years ago by opening and rewilding Hårbølle stream, which now cleans the water in natural ways - it has been scientifically proven that the water is of high quality when it enters the sea and is today home to fish, many birds and a large amount of plant and animal species.
The work is based on numerous conversations with locals and a series of guided meditative journeys undertaken in the village of Hårbølle J&K.
The performance celebrates the local initiative and the rare and magical example of a functioning eco-system.