Holoscenes is a six-hour underwater performance installation in which members of the Los Angeles-based Early Morning Opera struggle to perform daily tasks while the water levels rise inside the tank at Exchange Square, London.

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The piece is inspired by the concern over the potential threat of future flooding in major cities and that our relationship with water is set to become a central issue of the 21st century. When inside the tank, the individuals attempt to perform daily routines such as dressing themselves, reading the paper or tuning a guitar. They do all of this while the water levels rise around them, making it increasingly difficult to perform such tasks, while viewers watch them struggle.

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The performance uses water to represent the problems that our world is faced with, from rising seas, melting glaciers, searing droughts and flash flooding; revealing an apparently distant problem as a real and present danger. The piece, which is co-commissioned by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, will be shown in conjunction with the London's Burning Festival. Performances are from 1-4 September at Exchange Square, London.

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