Johana Hartwig

Island no 2

LOCK ISLAND NO.2: Milkfloat residency, Cardiff Bay Barrage (2013)


The Cardiff Bay Barrage is a boulder clad curve that keeps the salty Bristol channel from Cardiff’s freshwater lagoon. A watery playground for those with boats, the barrage also performs a mammoth task, managing tons of water every second, filtered down from the Brecon Beacons, via the river Ely and Taff.  

The Milkfloat residency was sited on lock island number 2 for three weeks, overlooked by the steel-box quiff of the control tower and camouflaged by post-it notes.  It sat in the middle of an illusion, on top a network of maintenance tunnels and pelted by weather, sun, rain and wind.

During the residency a number of interactions took place that responded to the environmental extremes, detritus exposed by the tides, measures put in place to aid wildlife and the heavy machinery that continuously functioned.

A series of audio, video and sculptural sketches were created using hidden data generated by the barrage levels and fish pass footage provided by Natural Resources Wales.  

sluice  gate data

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