Hidden Waters Video

Hidden Waters follows the cycle of our waste water, documenting the journey of the hardy tomato seeds that survive and flourish along the way.

The Journey

The tomato seeds we eat often survive the journey through our bodies and the even longer journey through our infrastructure to arrive at the sewage works. Too small to be physically screened out they end up in the cake mix or sewage sludge, a by-product of the waste-water. The cake, which is essentially a compost, often ends up on farms used as top soil. Whilst waiting for its final destination the tomato seeds, nestled in the cake start to grow, turning into fully fruiting tomato plants.  

Hidden Waters Me
Tomato Analysis

During the filming process I harvested a number of the tomatoes and had them analysed for heavy metals and pathogens. The results of which revealed the tomatoes were perfectly good to eat. I made a number of jars of Sheffield Shit Chutney which were consumed shortly after.


Two Screen Video Installation with sound (15 minutes looped).

Made during a residency in Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sheffield

Sound: Alisdair McGregor

Additional Camera: Ian Nesbitt

Special thanks to Dr Alison Beck, Dr Jonathan Paragreen, Dr Caroline Evans, Gavin Sailor and Yorkshire Water

Thanks to all the researchers and staff in The Pennine Water Group

Funded by Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sheffield and Arts Council England

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Date posted: 05.06.17

Everything Flows

7th June - 3rd September 2017, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Everything Flows brings together work by emerging and established Sheffield-based artists working with painting, sculpture, video, photography and sound. The works are each united, in different ways, by a sense of ‘flow’, from choreographed movement and kinetic motion, through to the fluctuations of narrative, and the movement of international finance and migration.

Curated by Jeanine Griffin, the exhibition includes work by Paul Barlow, Rose Butler, Joseph Cutts, Natalie Finnemore, Ruth Levene, Victoria Lucas, Peter Martin, and Ryan Mosley, along with screening programmes/ events curated by Annexinema and Joseph Cutts & Ashley Holmes.

Everything Flows forms part of Making Ways a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

More information at Millennium Gallery Sheffield

Image © John Hartley, courtesy Museums Sheffield.

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